With the addition of former Seahawks receiver Golden Tate in the offseason, the Lions may have found the best complement for Calvin Johnson.
Though Tate was limited in spring practice because of a shoulder injury, he’s now at 100 percent and is looking to have a big year in an offensive skill group that looks to have higher expectations than at any time during Johnson’s career.
After the first week of training camp, Lions coach Jim Caldwell is happy to see the progression that Tate is making, coming off those injuries.
“He’s been good. He was out for a little bit during the spring,” Caldwell said. “Since he’s been back this fall, when we had the rookies and the injured vets, he was slow just a little bit, but since that time, he’s been doing an outstanding job.
“You can see he has the quickness, the speed and competitiveness. He’s going to help us.”
Tate, in his fifth season out, is coming off a year where he put up career bests with 64 catches and 898 yards with Seattle last season and is looking to have another breakout year in his first with the Lions. The potential is certainly there to do that with Johnson drawing a lot of attention on the other side, as well as RB Reggie Bush a threat out of the backfield. We rank Tate 33rd at the moment but he's a guy who could end up as a decent WR2 option, perhaps especially in 12 team leagues.