For the second year in a row, the Philadelphia Eagles were responsible for one of the biggest trades in the NFL as they sent a third-round pick in the 2019 draft to the Detroit Lions for veteran wide receiver Golden Tate.
As the league’s annual trade deadline quickly approached, many expected General Manager Howie Roseman to make a big move, much like he did last season when he traded for former Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi. Ajayi would go on to help the Eagles in a major way as he was a huge part for the teams eventual Super Bowl 52 win.
However, this season the results have been quite different than last year’s incredible run. As the Eagles approach their Week 9 bye week, they currently sit in second place in the NFC East with a 4-4 record, just a game and a half back of the first place Washington Redskins.
The season so far has been plagued with countless injuries, a defense that at times has struggled to close out games and an offense that, apart from Carson Wentz, has yet to fully come together. However, the new addition of Golden Tate from the Lions will hope to fix at least one of those issues.
Through his first seven games of this season, Tate has managed to accumulate 517 yards and three touchdowns on 44 catches. As the primary passing option in Detroit, Tate should see his production increase in Philadelphia as defenses will be forced to account for the Eagles other star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
It seems to be a perfect match for both sides. The Eagles have struggled with drops from their wide outs and have been looking for another viable option to put on the other side of Jeffery. The veteran Tate will bring not only a sense of reliability for quarterback Carson Wentz, but a play-making ability that will surely open up the Eagles passing attack.
Tate has shown in the past that he can play both on the outside or in the slot, meaning coach Doug Pederson will have plenty of different schemes to work with for the rest of the year. Additionally the acquisition of Tate should help in the run game as well. Defenses still have to account for the still speedy 30-year old and, therefore, the running backs should begin to see less defenders waiting for them in the box.
With the Eagles on a bye this week, Tate will most likely see his first in-game action as an Eagle during the team’s Week 10 home-game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Tate, as part of the Detroit Lions, has already played the Cowboys once already this season, where he had his best game totaling 132 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions. Eagles fans certainly hope that their new play maker will be able to repeat his earlier success on November 11th.
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