Despite big game, Golden Tate doesn't make the grade for PFF
Pro Football Focus ignored a big day from Golden Tate in their Detroit Lions grades.
The Detroit Lions won their second straight game behind a big day from the offense, and more specifically, wideout Golden Tate.
Still, that effort wasn't good enough for Pro Football Focus to name Tate to their grade sheet for the Lions during Week 6. Three offensive linemen made the cut, and two other wideouts.
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Taylor Decker- 85.5
Travis Swanson- 81.1
Riley Reiff- 75.0
Anquan Boldin- 71.9
Andre Roberts- 70.6
"Lions wide receiver Golden Tate was Stafford’s favorite target, seeing 10 passes thrown his way over the course of the game. While he made some of the game’s biggest plays, he also had two dropped passes, which dragged his grade down. Despite that, he still posted the best yards-per-route-run average in the game, at 4.88, showing the production he has lacked early in the season. Interestingly, free-agent signee Anquan Boldin impressed on short passes, catching all eight targets thrown his way. After dropping three passes from 20 catchable targets over the first four games of the year, Boldin has caught all 12 balls thrown his way over the past two weeks."
Defensively, the Lions got some major efforts from reserve defensive tackles, which was a difference in the game according to PFF. These are the grades for Detroit's defense.
Stefan Charles- 78.2
Quandre Diggs- 77.8
Kerry Hyder- 76.7
A'Shawn Robinson- 76.3
Devin Taylor- 75.3
Here's PFF on who made the most noise up front.
"The Lions have had to deal with several injuries on the defensive line so far this year, and only just got Ezekiel Ansah back in this game, but were still without defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Thankfully, some of their reserve defensive linemen stepped up to make some plays. Rookie second-round draft pick A’Shawn Robinson had his best game so far as a pro, making a tackle resulting in a defensive stop and batting a pass at the line of scrimmage on 23 defensive snaps. Meanwhile, defensive tackle Stefan Charles and defensive end Kerry Hyder made two and three tackles, respectively, with all of those tackles resulting in a defensive stop."
All told, it was a good day for the Lions and Tate, even if he didn't get the love he may have deserved.
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