Lions wide receiver Golden Tate saw a sharp drop in his playing time last week when he played on 57 percent of the offensive snaps in a loss to the Bears after playing at least 84 percent of the time in the first three weeks of the season.
Tate’s playing time was curtailed after a miscommunication with quarterback Matthew Stafford that led to an interception. After the game, however, coach Jim Caldwell said that the cut in playing time was something discussed during the week so that the team could give more time to Andre Roberts.
Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter indicated that won’t be the game plan for this week.
“Golden’s going to step up and have a huge week this week,” Cooter said, via MLive.com. “I think Golden’s going to step up, and have a big rest of the year. I’m excited about where he’s going from here.”
Tate had one catch for one yard last Sunday, marking the first time since 2013 that he’d been held to one catch in a game. The Eagles defense has yet to give up a huge game to any opponent this season, so a rebound for Tate will likely mean good things for the Lions’ chances of snapping a three-game losing streak.