Tate was unable to replicate his career day from a week ago, but would have came close had he stayed in bounds to secure a touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford in the fourth quarter. What's more, his 12 targets easily led the team, as the next closest receiver, Marvin Jones, garnered just five. That brings Tate to 22 targets in two games, more than the previous three combined. As such, it appears the
Amid an incredibly underwhelming start to the 2016 campaign, Tate resurfaced into fantasy relevance Sunday by logging a career-high 165 receiving yards. He paced the team with 10 targets, while only Anquan Boldin (9) and Marvin Jones (6) received anything close to that. On a different note, Tate has now been utilized as a rusher out of the backfield in four of six games this season, but he's still yet to break loose for a big play on the ground. He'll look to carry his momentum into a Week 7 matchup against the Redskins.
Coming off a one-reception, one-yard outing against the Bears in Week 4, this modest stat line against a stout Philadelphia defense represents a significant step forward for the beleaguered wideout. What's more, Tate accounted for the Lions' longest offensive play of the day and was additionally used to supplement the team's injury-ravaged backfield, logging three carries of his own. Though he totaled just six yards on said carries, this heightened involvement in multiple phases of the offense brighten Tate's outlook at least a little bit going forward.
Tate believes that his dismal season to date is all mental, MLive.com reports. "I think it's all between my ears," he said Thursday. "I think it's all just in my head, and how I perceive different situations -- myself at times, and even others. I think I need to control what I can control, and I can control how I show up to work every day."
Through four games, Tate sits 266th in the NFL in terms of YPC (6.8) and has yet to surpass 100 yards on the campaign. His assessment has bearing in reality due to a pair of mishaps in the Lions' third consecutive loss Sunday at Chicago. In the latter stages of the first half, he dropped a potential third-down conversion, only to one-up himself with miscommunication on a route that resulted in a Matthew Stafford interception. After halftime, Tate resided on the sideline for all but a handful of snaps, but head coach Jim Caldwell later denied that the wide receiver was in fact benched. Perhaps a change of mindset with Tate's preparation will have the desired result. If so, he could take advantage in a receiving corps dealing with key injuries to Marvin Jones (foot) and Eric Ebron (ankle/knee).
Tate may have had one of his worst performances of his Detroit tenure on Sunday, one so bad it seemingly got him benched for the second half of the contest. Particularly, two consecutive drives in the first half ended with a Tate miscue, the first being a drop on third down and the second being a route miscommunication with QB Matthew Stafford that resulted in an interception. Head coach Jim Caldwell refused to admit the team had actually benched Tate, but his explanation, that the "plan" the whole time was for Tate to sit in the second half, comes a little hard to believe. Until he proves otherwise, Tate appears too out-of-sync with the rest of the Lions offense to warrant weekly consideration for fantasy lineups.
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