Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate is reportedly excited to work with new OC Joe Lombardi this autumn.
The 25-year-old Tate, who penned a five-year deal worth $31 million to become a Lion in March, expects to be used by Lombardi like Lance Moore was with the Saints.
Since being taken out of Notre Dame with the 60th pick in the 2010 draft, Tate has caught 165 balls for 2,195 yards and 15 touchdowns over 58 games as a Seahawk.
Although a poor route runner with slippery hands, Tate is extremely athletic and strong and his heart and competitiveness can’t be undervalued.
On a squad loaded with weapons, the former Irishman should flourish complementing Calvin Johnson and dynamic playmaker Reggie Bush.
Blessed with amazing size, power and leaping ability, the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Johnson must be double-teamed at all times.
To capitalize on Johnson’s physicality, Lombardi should allow quarterback Matthew Stafford to frequently operate out of a four-wide package.
Provided Stafford is protected in the pocket, it’s hard to imagine a defensive scheme that can slow the tandem of Bush and Tate in man-to-man coverage.
Fielding the league’s 11th ranked attack, Detroit finished 7-9 and again failed to qualify for the postseason.
Shortly thereafter, the Lions fired Jim Schwartz as head coach and replaced him with Jim Caldwell.
As a unit, the underachieving Lions have the personnel to roar into the playoffs for only the second time this millennium.
Ultimately, Lombardi’s calls and formations may determine how often the Lions party in Motown.
No matter how the 2014 Lions run, Joe Lombardi is fortunate that Golden Tate relocated to “The D.”by