Tate caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Matt Stafford of the opening series. He caught all three of his targeted passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. Through two preseason games, he has 55 receiving yards.
Tate, who had been bothered by a shoulder issue during training camp, caught a 14-yard pass from Matthew Stafford in the opening drive of the game. It was his only catch and target, as the first-team was pulled after the first series.
"Still a little rusty out there, still have to trust myself and trust my hands," he told the Detroit Free Press. "But I like the way we work around here, coach (Jim Caldwell) does a great job at taking care of our legs. After Day 1, I’m excited about [Tuesday] and I’m just going to keep on getting better day to day."
Tate said a shoulder injury was a first for him. “I kind of trusted the doctors," he said. "The doctors said I would be back by camp and here I am practicing Day 1. However, there was a lot of rehabbing and strengthening the muscles around it so it didn’t shut down, but I feel like I’m close to being pretty good."
Caldwell called Tate "a very important piece to our offense."
"Just a little soreness in my shoulder and I’m just doing what the doctors tell me to do and I’m trying to get better as fast as I can,” Tate said in June. “As a competitor it sucks to be on the sideline watching guys, especially when I want to be out there trying to fine-tune this offense."
Tate is eligible to come off the PUP list at any time.
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