Lions say WR Golden Tate wasn't benched

Golden Tate's season of struggles sunk to new depths Sunday in a loss to the previously winless Chicago Bears.

The Lions' supposed 1B receiver entering the season caught one pass for one yard on four targets before adding a late-game two-point conversion.

It's not unheard of for a top-flight receiver to get shut down -- Kelvin Benjamin caught zero passes in Week 3; Dez Bryant caught one pass for eight yards in Week 1. Tate's problems go beyond a one-game aberration.

Fantasy Impact: 

Tate hasn't earned more than 41 yards in a single game this season. His yards-after-catch shiftiness has dwindled to the point the Lions would rather call wide receiver screens for 36-year-old Anquan Boldin. Tate's rapport with Matthew Stafford is almost non-existent, the story said. The article added he missed a signal from Stafford and ran the wrong route which led to an interception. Andre Roberts, the team's WR4, started the second half and took most of the snaps the rest of the way.

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