LIONS INSIDER

After slow start, Tate just wants to get on track

Posted Oct 6, 2016

After a slow start to his season, wide receiver Golden Tate just wants to get on track.

Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter is predicting a big week for Lions receiver Golden Tate vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Golden’s going to step up and have a huge week this week," Cooter said Thursday. "I think Golden’s going to step up and have a big rest of the year. I’m excited about where he’s going from here. Golden is and will be a really important player for our offense this year."

Tate caught just one pass for one yard in last week’s loss in Chicago. He also ran an incorrect route late in the second quarter that led to an interception and a scolding by quarterback Matthew Stafford

After leading the Lions with 99 and 90 receptions, respectively, the last two seasons, Tate is currently fifth on the team in receptions (14) and receiving yards (95) through four games.

“Right now we have to find a way to win and I think I can be one of the reasons why we do win,” Tate said Thursday. “I just want to get on track.

"I’m on year seven and I’ve been playing this game for a while and I like to consider myself a veteran and I think I’ve done a lot of special things for this organization and for the Seahawks organization and I just need to tighten up a little bit.

“Just go out there on the field with something to prove every single play, every single time I step on that field. If I get back to that, I think I’m going to be fine.”

Tate's issues through the first quarter of the season have been “between my ears,” according to him. He vowed Thursday to get back to doing the things that got him into the Pro Bowl in 2014 and helped him lead the Lions in receptions the last two seasons.

“Trust in my ability,” he said. “Get back on track and be the person you guys (media) like to write about. Be the person this team needs to win games. And I believe I can do that and will do that.”