It didn’t take long for Golden Tate to begin looking for ways to improve both himself and his teammates for the upcoming season. In fact, within minutes of the completion of the season, he had already begun the process. He issued a challenge to every member of the Detroit Lions, asking them to find ways to get better this offseason.
“What we can control is the type of offseason we can have,” Tate told mlive.com. “What are you going to do to better yourself and put this team in a position to win and not less this happen? We need to remember what this feels like and try to not let it happen again.”
There has been a fair amount of publicity on the amount of work the individuals from the team have put in so far this offseason. Larry Webster and Tahir Whitehead have taken it upon themselves to bulk up. Caraun Reid has significantly improved his body composition. Eric Ebron has taken a much more professional approach to preparing for this season, after disappointing in his rookie year. Clearly, the team was listening when Tate was talking.
Another aspect of his game that Tate takes very seriously is his ability to makes plays when the ball is in his hands. While posting an impressive 1,331 receiving yards in his first season with the Lions, 720 were after the catch. Add in the fact that he only dropped six passes the entire season, and you can see how dependable he is.
“That’s one thing I take pride in,” Tate said in an interview with detroitlions.com. “I’m not the typical 6-foot-1, 6-foot-2, 4.2 (seconds) 40 (yard dash) guy, but I am shifty. I take a lot of pride in my hands.”
Since winning the Biletnikoff Award (presented to the nation’s most outstanding college wide receiver) at Notre Dame, and winning a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, Tate is climbing up the charts as one of the most dangerous pass-catchers in the NFL.
Encouraging his teammates to become better, holding them accountable, and becoming one of the best receivers in the NFL… What CAN’T Golden Tate do?