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With Theo Riddick out, Golden Tate could play some tailback

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 26: Golden Tate #15 of the Detroit Lions is tackled in the first half by Kiko Alonso #50 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on November 26, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Lions have been experimenting with receiver Golden Tate playing running back. With pass-catching tailback Theo Riddick out this week due to an ankle injury, Tate could line up even more often in the backfield, as noted by Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.

Last Sunday against the Eagles, Tate had three carries for six yards. But with Riddick, the leading pass catcher among all NFL running backs, absent, Tate could run more pass routes from the backfield.

Against Philadelphia, Tate’s first run started from the pistol formation and ended with an 11-yard gain. (He’d lose a total of five yards on his other two attempts.)

With Riddick out, newcomer Justin Forsett also could get some immediate opportunities.

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3 Responses to “With Theo Riddick out, Golden Tate could play some tailback”
  1. hawkstradamus says: Oct 15, 2016 3:22 PM

    He’s just not the same player, without maple bars.

  2. brendafortheboyz says: Oct 15, 2016 5:34 PM

    The rookie, Zennen, I believe his name is, could play and surprise!!!

  3. Ivan Pavlov says: Oct 15, 2016 10:53 PM

    brendafortheboyz says:
    The rookie, Zennen, I believe his name is, could play and surprise!!!
    I think you mean Zak Zenner, who is not a rookie. He seems to be injury prone, which limits his potential.

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