Golden Tate thinks he’ll be a “more explosive” Lance Moore in Joe Lombardi’s offense


Wide receiver Golden Tate hasn’t played a game as a member of the Lions yet, but a couple of weeks of offseason work has led him to think that their offense will prove to be an excellent fit for his skills.

Tate said that he has been watching film of the Saints’ offense over the last few years to get a sense of what offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who joined the Lions after serving as the quarterbacks coach in New Orleans, is going to do in Detroit. Tate said he thinks it will be a better fit for his skills than the offense in Seattle and explained why he’s feeling that way.

“I watched some tape on the Saints over the last few years and just looking at that — I haven’t talked to coach Lombardi that much — I see myself being a Lance Moore type of player, but just more explosive and able to do a few more things,” Tate said, via the team’s website. “That’s exciting, because Lance Moore caught a lot of balls and he’s a terrific player that did a lot for the Saints. That’s kind of how I see myself having the best receiver in the league [Calvin Johnson], and one of the best to ever to play the game, opposite of me or sometimes on the same side.”

Tate averaged four catches a game for the Seahawks last season, the highest total of his career thus far, and Moore had at least that many in four of the six years that he played in the majority of the Saints’ regular season games. Tate figures to see more snaps than Moore did in New Orleans and see more advantageous matchups than he saw in Seattle with Johnson on the other side, which should add up to numbers as good or better than Moore put up in his best days with New Orleans.

20 responses to “Golden Tate thinks he’ll be a “more explosive” Lance Moore in Joe Lombardi’s offense

  1. I’m a Saints fan, and after watching Tate play I agree with his assessment, He’s a better receiver than he’s given credit for…

  2. Huh thats a good player to aspire to, lance has good route running and incredible hands.
    But the scheme and the route tree is what allows a possession receiver like Lance Moore to be a deadly weapon in a qbs arsenal.
    It might be a stretch for Tate to think Lombardi is as good as Payton at putting that kinda scheme in place.

  3. Golden Tate is the only loss I felt like could do damage to our team because he is so explosive after the catch and even though he is under 6’0 he has really good hands and is a beast against CBs running a go route and can win those one on one match ups and take it to the house.

    On punt returns he has this elusiveness and balance that you normally see on a running back. 1,200 yards and 8 TD’s is my prediction.

  4. That ‘explosive’ Saints’ offense was designed by Payton and (at the time) Kromer, with input from Brees. Lombardi? Not so much.

  5. zhpgosaints says:
    Apr 16, 2014 11:06 AM
    stafford is no brees…he locks onto megtraon..he can’t see u
    And you don’t think Brees favored Jimmy Graham a bit more than others?

    Stafford threw for 4650 yards in 2013, 1500 to Megatron…that leaves 3100 for other folks. BTW, Russell Wilson threw for 3300 total.

  6. zhpgosaints says:
    Apr 16, 2014 11:06 AM
    stafford is no brees…he locks onto megtraon..he can’t see u

    Here’s an inconvenient fact for you: Burleson was Detroit’s leading reciever last season until he got injured

  7. The key to his success will be how much Stafford improves his footwork and fundamentals. If he buys into what he is being coached Tate will be a happy man, if he slips back into his old habits he has developed over the last few years Tate will be dreading his decision to come to the Lions.

    As for us fans, we will get a show no matter what because Megatron is always fun to watch. If we want to win though Stafford must play up to his potential

  8. Did he watch how Stafford has accuracy concerns and trouble with efficiently passing to shorter WRs? He needs to improve that or Tate won’t get the chance to be as explosive as he hopes to be.

  9. I doubt anyone has better hands than Tate does…maybe equal; but not better. He was a helluva baseball player, too; which probably led to his phenomenal hands. Maybe a new role on a new team will allow him to show off his explosiveness b/c he does posses it. He just seemed to never gain consistency in Seattle.

  10. Yeah Tates gonna be real explosive alright…. Why do you think the Hawks didnt make a bigger play for him? Because he cant break manned coverage EVER.. Just wait you will see as a Hawks fan we had to deal with it all the time.. Have you ever seen Wilson running for his life? Were were the heck was the great Tate for him to throw the ball to? Oh yeah being covered up. I liked Tate and he does play with a lot of heart but he is insane if he thinks he is going to be anything like he was in Seattle… Megatron will outshine him in every game and he will still never get another ring, Detroit has what 1 playoff game in the history of the franchise? Good luck turning that around.

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