The nuances of Golden Tate's decision to leave Seattle for Detroit are coming to light.
"I hated being tackled (last year) because I didn't know when my next ball was going to come," Tate said in an interview Monday with ESPN's First Take. "I have a chance to catch more balls and make Pro Bowls (in Detroit)."
Tate had more receptions than any other Seahawk last season with 64. His 64 receptions and 898 yards were both career highs for Tate, but he was still left wanting in a run first, heavy on the defense franchise.
Ironically, he felt his catch thirst could be quenched by becoming another team's No. 2 guy.
The Lions ranked No. 3 in the NFL last season in passing, averaging 280.1 yards receiving per game. They threw the ball 214 times more last season (634 attempts), than the Seahawks (420 attempts), who ranked No. 26 out of 32 overall in passing, the story pointed out. Tate ranks 31st on our list making him a high-end WR3. The key will be a good rapport with QB Matt Stafford.