Team

Golden Tate
WR #15
Height:
5-10
Weight:
195
Age:
26
College:
Notre Dame
Hometown:
Nashville, TN
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2014):

REC
99
YDS
1,331
AVG
13.4
TDS
4
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 264 3,526 13.4 80 19 18 99 5.5 20 0 7 1
2014 DET 16 16 99 1,331 13.4 73T 4 5 30 6 13 0 1 0
2013 SEA 16 13 64 898 14 80T 5 3 31 10.3 20 0 3 0
2012 SEA 15 15 45 688 15.3 51 7 3 20 6.7 13 0 1 1
2011 SEA 16 5 35 382 10.9 33 3 5 14 2.8 14 0 1 0
2010 SEA 11 0 21 227 10.8 52 0 2 4 2 3 0 1 0
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 NYG W 35-14 6 93 15.5 44 0 1 4 4 4 0 -- --
2 @CAR L 7-24 5 57 11.4 21 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 0
3 GB W 19-7 5 51 10.2 17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @NYJ W 24-17 8 116 14.5 35 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 BUF L 14-17 7 134 19.1 55 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 @MIN W 17-3 7 44 6.3 15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 NO W 24-23 10 154 15.4 73 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 @ATL W 22-21 7 151 21.6 59 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 MIA W 20-16 11 109 9.9 28 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 @ARI L 6-14 2 41 20.5 30 0 1 8 8 8 0 -- --
12 @NE L 9-34 4 97 24.3 42 0 1 13 13 13 0 -- --
13 CHI W 34-17 8 89 11.1 24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 TB W 34-17 4 50 12.5 19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 MIN W 16-14 7 38 5.4 14 1 2 5 2.5 6 0 -- --
16 @CHI W 20-14 5 62 12.4 34 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 @GB L 20-30 3 45 15 19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

Fifth-year receiver who joins All-Pro WR Calvin Johnson as one of the most dynamic one-two wide receiver punches in the NFL after spending his first four seasons in the League with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-13). Emerged as Seattle’s go-through vertical threat en route to the team’s Super Bowl XLVIII win over Denver in 2013-14.

MANE FACTS

  • Pro Bowl: 2015

TRANSACTIONS

  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent to a five-year contract on March 12, 2014.
  • Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

PRO
Fifth-year receiver who joins All-Pro WR Calvin Johnson as one of the most dynamic one-two wide receiver punches in the NFL after spending his first four seasons in the League with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-13). Emerged as Seattle’s go-through vertical threat en route to the team’s Super Bowl XLVIII win over Denver in 2013-14.

  • Replaced Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin in the 2015 Pro Bowl.
  • With WR Calvin Johnson (1,077) reaching 1,000 receiving yards, he joined Tate (1,331) in the surpassing of 1,000 receiving yards in the 2014 season. They became the first pair of Lions receivers to both reach 1,000 receiving yards in the same season since 2006 (WR Roy Williams, 1310; WR Mike Furrey, 1,086). In Lions history, this is the sixth time that two Lions receivers have each reached 1,000 receiving yards in the same season (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2014).
  • With 97 yards in Week 12 at New England (11/23), Tate eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season for the first time in his career.
  • Tate caught a career-high 11 receptions for 109 yards in the team’s 20-16 fourth quarter comeback win over Miami (11/9/14). By grabbing 11 passes, Tate set a new franchise record for the most consecutive games (6) with 7+ receptions. He broke the previous record of five shared by WR Brett Perriman (5, 1996) and WR Calvin Johnson (5, 2012).
  • With 109 yards against the Dolphins, he also recorded 100+-yards in three straight games for the first time in his career (154 vs. NO; 151 at Atl; 109 vs. Mia).
  • Tate registered 151 yards in the Lions’ 22-21 comeback win vs. Atlanta in London (10/26/14). Combined with his 154 yards the previous week vs. New Orleans (10/19), Tate became the third receiver in Lions history with back-to-back 150-yard games, joining E Cloyce Box (1952) and WR Calvin Johnson (2013) as the only players in team history with back-to-back 150-yard games.
  • Also possesses the ability to contribute as a kickoff and punt returner. Career return totals include 68 punt returns for 787 yards (11.6 avg) and four kickoff returns for 67 yards (16.8).
  • Has played in eight postseason games (five starts), including three in 2013.

2014: Had a breakout season in his first year in Detroit as he led the team in receptions (99), receiving yards (1,331), both of which are career-highs, and also recorded four touchdowns. Established himself as a reliable target for QB Matthew Stafford in key situations, as he finished second in the NFL in third-down receptions (34) and receiving yards (536), as well as third in yards after the catch with 720.

  • In his first regular season game as an Lion, Tate recorded six catches for 93 yards in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8).
  • Caught five receptions for 57 yards in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14).
  • Logged five catches for 51 yards in Week 3 vs. Green Bay (9/21).
  • Totaled 116 receiving yards on a then-career-high eight catches in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28).
  • Recorded seven catches for a career-high 134 yards while also registering his first-career touchdown with the Lions in Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5). His 134 yards marked the first time in his career he has registered back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (116, Week 4 at NYJ).
  • With seven receptions in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12), Tate set a new career high for receptions over a three-game span (22).
  • Recorded a team- and then-career-high 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19).
  • Caught seven passes for a team-high 151 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26). With seven receptions vs. the Falcons, Tate tied the franchise record for most consecutive games with 7+ receptions as he became the third player in team history with 7+ receptions in five-straight games (WR Brett Perriman, 5 in 1996; WR Calvin Johnson, 5 in 2012).
  • Logged a career-high 11 catches for 109 yards in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/09).
  • Caught two passes for 41 yards in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Recorded four catches for 97 yards in Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Caught eight passes for 89 yards in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Logged four catches for 50 yards in Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay (12/07).
  • Caught seven passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Recorded five catches for 62 yards in Week 16 at Chicago (12/21).
  • Totaled 45 yards on three receptions in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).
  • Caught six passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4). Stafford and Tate began the team’s scoring when they connected on a 51-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game. The 51-yard pass play tied for the fourth-longest pass play in Lions postseason history, tying the 51-yard connection between QB Bobby Layne and RB Doak Walker vs. the Los Angeles Rams December 21, 1952.

2013: Led the Seahawks in receiving with career highs in receptions (64) and receiving yards (898) and grabbed five touchdowns en route to the team’s first Super Bowl title in franchise history. Also had his best season as a return man, fielding a career high 51 punts for 585 yards (11.5 avg), as well as three kickoffs for 57 yards (19.0 avg). In three postseason games, proved to be a reliable target for QB Russell Wilson as he caught eight balls for 61 yards.

  • Opened the season with four catches for 51 yards and four punt returns for 48 yards at Carolina (9/8).
  • Had 88 yards on five catches and also rushed twice on a lateral and an end-around for 29 yards vs. Jacksonville (9/22).
  • Set up Seattle’s game-winning drive at Houston (9/29) with a 32-yard punt return from one-yard deep in the end zone. Finished the game with three catches for 17 yards and four punt returns for 60 yards.
  • Scored his first touchdown of the season at Indianapolis (10/6) and finished the game with five catches for 61 yards.
  • At St. Louis (10/28), hauled in five passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 80-yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winner. His 80-yard touchdown reception was the longest by a Seattle player since Ben Obomanu in 2010.
  • Logged three catches for 29 yards and set a career high with 92 punt return yards on three attempts, including a 71-yard return vs. Tampa Bay (11/3).
  • Totaled 106 receiving yards on six receptions, including a one-handed touchdown pass with :01 remaining in the first half at Atlanta (11/10).
  • At San Francisco (12/8), led team with six catches for 65 yards and had three punt returns, including a 38-yard return to the 49ers 27 that led to a go-ahead Seahawks field goal with 6:20 to play in the game.
  • In Super Bowl XLVIII vs. Denver (2/2/14), finished with three catches for 17 yards and a 20-yard kickoff return following a safety.

2012: Started in all 15 games he played in 2012 after being inactive (knee) during Week 1. Finished the season with 45 receptions for 688 yards and a career high seven touchdowns. Also started both postseason games, recording four catches in the NFC Wild Card at Washington (1/6) and six catches for 103 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown, at Atlanta (1/13) in the Divisional Round.

  • Had two-touchdown performances vs. Green Bay (9/24) and vs. New York Jets (11/11).
  • Totaled five or more receptions in six games, including two seven-catch games at St. Louis (9/30) and at Detroit (10/28).
  • Ended the season with a career high 129 receiving yards in the season finale vs. St. Louis.
  • Had his most productive postseason as a Seahawk, totaling 10 receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown in the team’s two playoff games.
2011: Played in all 15 games (five starts) during his sophomore campaign in Seattle, finishing the year with 35 receptions for 382 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Scored his first career touchdown on an eight-yard catch in the season opener at San Francisco (9/11).
  • Had back-to-back touchdown performances vs. Philadelphia (12/1) and St. Louis (12/12).

2010: As a rookie in 2010, saw action in 11 games and recorded 21 receptions for 227 yards and also returned 16 punts for 202 yards (12.6 avg). Played in both postseason games and started in the NFC Wild Card vs. New Orleans (1/8) when the team opened in a five-receiver set.

  • Played in his first career game at Denver (9/19) and hauled in his first career reception for 52 yards. On his first NFL touch, returned a punt for 63 yards.

COLLEGE
Ended his collegiate career for the Fighting Irish ranking third in Notre Dame history with 157 receptions and established the team’s single-season record with 93 receptions during his senior season. Career totals include 37 games (22 starts), 157 receptions, 2,707 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. Also ranks eighth on the Irish all-time record list with 909 yards on kickoff returns and second with 4,130 all-purpose yards.

  • As a junior, was a consensus All-American First Team selection and was the recipient of the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s premier wide receiver.

PERSONAL
Attended Pope John Paul II (Hendersonville, Tenn.) High School where he was a USA Today Second Team All-America selection (defense). Carried the ball 140 times for 1,413 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior, while also tacking on 28 receptions for 510 yards and six receiving touchdowns. Also picked off three passes as a defensive back.

  • Ranked as the No. 11 player on the ESPN 150 list and rated as one of the top 250 players nationally by Rivals.com.
  • Also drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 42nd round of the 2007 MLB Draft after being a standout outfielder for the Notre Dame baseball team.
  • Father, Golden Tate, Jr., played wide receiver at Tennessee State and was a fifth-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1984 NFL Draft.

TATE’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Receptions: 11 vs. Mia 11/9/14
  • Receiving Yards: 154 vs. NO 10/19/14
  • Long Reception: 80t at Stl 10/28/13
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 2 (three times) Last at Stl 10/28/13
  • Punt Return Yards: 92 vs. TB 11/3/13
  • Long Punt Return: 71 vs. TB 11/3/13
  • Kickoff Return Yards: 24 vs. Jac 9/22/13
  • Long Kickoff Return: 24 vs. Jac 9/22/13

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Is Tate good enough to be a no. 1 WR?

    By NFL.com - Posted Jul 29, 2015

    NFL Media's Nate Burleson and Maurice Jones Drew analyze Detriot Lions wide receiver Golden Tate and his ceiling this upcoming season.

  • Teeing it up with Twentyman: Golden Tate

    Posted Jul 7, 2015

    Golden Tate competes in Tim Twentyman’s annual closest to the pin contest.

  • Tate on improving the details of the offense

    Posted Jun 16, 2015

    Wide receiver Golden Tate talks about improving the details of the offense, the progression of Eric Ebron and his relationship with Martha Ford.

  • Tate on having good hands

    Posted Jun 10, 2015

    Wide receiver Golden Tate talks about how his childhood allowed him to have great hand-eye coordination, not being a traditional size at his position and handling the media.

  • Tate on year two in offense

    Posted Jun 2, 2015

    Wide receiver Golden Tate talks about making minor improvements in the offense and for himself during the second year of Joe Lombardi's offense.

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