Tate caught seven of 13 targets for 109 yards during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the 49ers. He also rushed once for nine yards. Tate, who led the league with 639 yards after the catch in 2017, reminded everyone of how skilled he is in open space Sunday, particularly on a 67-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter. Adding to his successful outing is the fact he once again held off Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay for the team lead in targets, and Tate now ranks among the league leaders with 28 targets through two games. This hefty workload has been supported by negative game scripts that led the Lions to pass on over 75 percent of their offensive snaps thus far, but it wouldn't be a shock to anyone if this trend continues for Tate given the explosive matchups Detroit has on the schedule in the coming weeks. Next up is a date with the Patriots on Sunday Night Football.
Tate caught seven of 15 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 48-17 loss to the Jets. Tate led the Lions in targets on a night quarterback Matthew Stafford threw four interceptions. Despite Stafford's struggles, Tate provided one of the only high points for Detroit, taking a quick throw 24 yards for a touchdown to start the second half. Following back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Tate kicked off the 2018 campaign in fine fashion, even if his team didn't.
Tate caught two of four targets for 23 yards in Friday's preseason win over Tampa Bay. Tate and the rest of the starting offense played into the third quarter, managing just six points on five drives. The 30-year-old has split snaps with Kenny Golladay in two-receiver formations this preseason, but it isn't a huge concern once Detroit's reliance on three-wide sets is taken into account. The team had three or more WRs on the field for around 85 percent of its passing plays last season, and the current group of tight ends doesn't hint at a major uptick in usage of two-TE formations.
Tate (knee) appeared in Friday's preseason game against the Giants but was unable to catch the only pass thrown his direction. He didn't do anything of note, but Tate's mere participation is significant after the receiver exited last week's preseason opener with an apparent injury to his right knee. Look for the Tate to be more involved next week in what will likely be the starting offense's last preseason action before the regular season kicks off Sept. 10 in a game against the Jets.
Tate took a hit to his knee during Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders and did not return to the game, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports. Tate absorbed the hit on his first and only catch of the game. The receiver immediately left the field afterward and was seen flexing his knee on the sideline. The Lions have yet to comment on the situation, so it's possible Tate isn't dealing with anything serious.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||New England Patriots||24||29.00|
|5||10/07||Green Bay Packers||28||32.00|
|13||12/02||Los Angeles Rams||1||4.00|
|17||12/30||@Green Bay Packers||28||32.00|
|3 Year Avg||128||91||964||5||47||10.59||126|