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Golden Tate: 'I think this offense is going to fit better for me'

Posted Apr 16, 2014

It's only the second week of the offseason training program, but Golden Tate is starting to see his role develop.

Golden Tate is just starting the second week of the offseason training program with the rest of his new teammates, but the Detroit Lions No. 1 free-agent target this offseason is already beginning to get an idea of what his role in the Lions new offense will be.

Golden TateWR Golden Tate (Photo: AP Images)

“I think this offense is going to fit better for me as a player than Seattle's did,” Tate told detroitlions.com.

Tate is joining a Lions offense that's expected to feature a much more wide-open scheme than the one he played in Seattle. He's expecting more opportunities to make plays in the passing game.

New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has brought over a lot of concepts from New Orleans’ offense after spending the last seven years there as both an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach.

“I watched some tape on the Saints over the last few years and just looking at that – I haven’t talked to coach Lombardi that much – I see myself being a Lance Moore type of player, but just more explosive and able to do a few more things,” Tate said.

“That’s exciting, because Lance Moore caught a lot of balls and he’s a terrific player that did a lot for the Saints. That’s kind of how I see myself having the best receiver in the league (Calvin Johnson), and one of the best to ever to play the game, opposite of me or sometimes on the same side.”

Moore caught at least 52 passes, with at least six touchdowns, in four of the five years he played in at least 14 games with the Saints over the last seven years.

He had 65 catches for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns in 2012.

Tate is coming off his best season as a professional in 2013, when he caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns in a run-heavy Seattle offense.

“Here we have our rules, initially, to learn the offense, but at the end of the day you have to play football,” Tate said. “I think that’s what I do best. Just finding ways to get open.

“Although a route is supposed to be at 15 yards, sometimes you’re going to get pressed and your mental clock tells you to break it down to 12 (yards) and it’ll time up correctly. I’m a mental clock kind of guy.

"In some instances it’s going to be backyard football, find the hole and make a play, make a guy miss and go score with it. I see my game really fitting into this offense really well.”