It has been a wild offseason for the New York Giants from letting Landon Collins walk, trading Odell Beckham Jr. and drafting Daniel Jones to be the quarterback of the future. The Giants are changing things and one of those changes has been Golden Tate who played for the Lions and Eagles last year. People haven’t talked about Tate much, but that’s par for his career because he’s someone who has quietly made his impact without drawing headlines to himself and making an impact on the field.
Golden Tate is still really good and I think he’ll be the number one target for Eli Manning this season. He’ll be 31 once the season starts but he still has a lot left in the tank and last years numbers don’t tell the whole story for him.
Golden Tate finished 2018 with 74 catches for 795 yards and 4 touchdowns. Those numbers don’t blow you away and they shouldn’t, but let’s look at how he got to those.
Tate started the season with the Detroit Lions where he played 7 games and brought in 44 catches for 517 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was targeted 27% of the time and made a catch 67% of the time when he was thrown to. If he stayed on that pace, Tate would’ve finished 2018 with 101 catches for 1182 yards and 7 touchdowns. That is really good and not numbers that an “average” receiver puts up although that’s what some have called him. Golden Tate was traded to the Eagles and played in 8 regular season games with Carson Wentz and Nick Foles as his quarterbacks. Tate’s numbers dropped severely which is to be expected when a guy moves teams in the middle of the season and Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffrey are primary targets. He had 30 catches for 278 yards and 1 touchdown to bring his season total to 74 catches for 795 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also was only targeted 15% of the time compared to 27% with Detroit.
Were the first 7 games of 2018 a fluke in which Tate wouldn’t be able to keep up with the numbers he had with Detroit? Not at all! Let’s look at his last 5 seasons.
2014: 99 rec 1331 yards 4 TD
2015: 90 rec 813 yards 6 TD
2016: 91 rec 1007 yards 4 TD
2017: 92 rec 1003 yards 5 TD
2018: 74 rec 795 yards 4 TD
Golden Tate has consistently been a solid receiver and a leader in the locker room. I really think he has a lot left in the tank and can be a catalyst for this Giants offense. I’m looking forward to seeing it happen.
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