Training Camp Blog–learning the offense, competition at wide receiver and interacting with fans at practice

August 15th, 2014
For me personally, training camp is going good. I’m still trying to get myself into game shape. My reps have been limited because we have so many receivers so I really have to work hard and set an example when I’m out there.

Golden Tate
(Photo: Detroit Lions)

I think competition can only affect you in a positive way. The competition with the receivers is 100 percent healthy. It’s also healthy for the DBs. We’re all working together. We’re trying to get ourselves ready for September when it really counts.

I’m never going to give a selfish answer. If another receiver asks me a question, I’m always going to try to help them out. I want everybody in this locker room to be great.

I’m having a lot of fun in this offense. I know the plays, but now I just need to understand the details of the plays – like why a play’s called and why my job is what it is.

When I’m out there, any ball thrown in the air towards me is a good ball. I’m going to compete for it. I take a lot of pride in my strong hands and continuing not to have many drops, any drops really.

Hopefully the Detroit fan base appreciates the way I play the game. I’m only 5-10, but I’m out there giving it my all. I’m playing with a lot of passion. I kind of play off the crowd. That’s just how I’ve always been — I’m a crowd pleaser.

The fans have done a great job of welcoming me to Detroit. They’ve reached out on social media and a lot of fans at practice Saturday wished me a happy birthday. I really appreciate the support. Without the fans, the game wouldn’t be what it is now.

I think it’s important to show our appreciation. It only takes like 15 minutes out of your time to go say hi. You never know what people are going through. People have different situations back at home from sicknesses to depression to relationships and us spending 30 seconds with one person could change their day, their lives, their week.

It’s a blessing to be in the position I am to be able to affect people by just doing what I love. I’m very lucky and I always want to remember that.

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