Golden Tate may change the narrative of his trade

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Just before the trade deadline, the Eagles sent their third-round draft pick to Detroit for wide receiver Golden Tate. Philadelphia promptly lost its next two games, Tate looked like he was struggling to find his role in the offense, and the trade was widely panned.

But now that narrative is changing. The Eagles have won two in a row, they’re back in the playoff picture, and Tate had his best game as an Eagle on Monday night, with seven catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Tate becomes a free agent after this season, so the trade was entirely about what he can do this year. And if the Eagles miss the playoffs, there’s no way to spin this year as anything other than a big disappointment. So Tate needs to help the Eagles make the playoffs for the trade to make sense.

And Tate may do just that: Monday night’s win was a big one, and Tate was very good. He caught every ball thrown to him and looked like the best wide receiver on the field, ahead of Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor.

The Lions’ offense has also declined dramatically since the Tate trade, suggesting Tate may have deserved more credit than he got for what he did in Detroit. The Lions are 1-4 since trading Tate.

With four games to go, the Eagles have tough remaining schedule, but a clear path to the playoffs. If Tate keeps playing like he did last night and the Eagles get there, no one is going to say he was a waste of a third-round draft pick.

38 responses to “Golden Tate may change the narrative of his trade

  1. .
    The Eagles remaining schedule:

    @Cowboys
    @Rams
    Texans
    @Washington

    Each of those teams are desperate for a win to keep their playoff slots.
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  2. Prediction: Golden Tate will be an integral part of the Eagles offense for the rest of the season. He will help the Eagles win all of their remaining games to roll into the playoffs as NFC East champions and then the Eagles will shock the world and repeat as Super Bowl champions!

  3. rkt4mayor says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:10 am
    Prediction: Golden Tate will be an integral part of the Eagles offense for the rest of the season. He will help the Eagles win all of their remaining games to roll into the playoffs as NFC East champions and then the Eagles will shock the world and repeat as Super Bowl champions!

    I’m guessing weed is legal where you live…

  4. Prediction: Golden Tate will be an integral part of the Eagles offense for the rest of the season. He will help the Eagles win all of their remaining games to roll into the playoffs.

    The Lions, will continue to lose due to a major lack of offensive weapons. Stafford will shoulder the majority of the blame from the horrible fan base. The Lions will continue to be the Lions (the laughing stock of the league) for years to come.

  5. 6ball said:

    The Eagles remaining schedule:

    @Cowboys
    @Rams
    Texans
    @Washington

    Each of those teams are desperate for a win to keep their playoff slots.

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    The Rams have already clinched the NFC West. The Texans have not yet officially clinched their division, but they have a real chance at getting a first-round bye on top of a divisional title.

    While both teams certainly have something to play for over the next couple weeks, I wouldn’t say either of them are “desperate” for wins.

  6. Elmer, nice try you New York homer….but, why would the Redskins beat the Eagles the second time around with Mark Sanchez? The Skins will lose all of their remaining games not the Eagles. Including a game to your lowly Midgets er I mean Giants…

  7. @elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:33 am
    If you really think 🤔 about 6-10 really ain’t all that bad!
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    No way the Giants get to 6-10.

  8. Pretty funny that all these weasel cowboy fans come out of the woodwork all the sudden. That’s why everyone hates you, real cowboys fans from Dallas even hate you..just wanted to let you know since you probably think everyone is jealous of you. With exception to the people from Dallas, you fraud cowboy ‘fans’ from all over the country don’t deserve that defense, you’ve really come a long way when your Super Bowl is now finishing above .500 & beating the saints

  9. jimiinpa says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:22 am
    rkt4mayor says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:10 am
    Prediction: Golden Tate will be an integral part of the Eagles offense for the rest of the season. He will help the Eagles win all of their remaining games to roll into the playoffs as NFC East champions and then the Eagles will shock the world and repeat as Super Bowl champions!

    I’m guessing weed is legal where you live…

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    They just legalized it in Massachussets. Getting us prepared.

  10. Rexdart, he’s probably a cowboy fan (not from Dallas), another loser to come out of the woodwork. Those teams being ‘desperate’ is not a reason for them to beat the eagles but their resumes this season compared with the eagles’ is; to this point, each team sans Washington has been been much more consistent and have the stats to back it up but the eagles still have a SB winning pedegree so there’s a punchers shot in every game at least. My heart says they’ll do it but my eyes/head say they dug too deep of a hole. The eagles are the best team in the east, don’t get it twisted cowgirl fans (who just started watching again 3 weeks ago) but the eagles thought they were better than they are and blew games vs tennesse, Tampa & carolina and that’ll end up being their demise. Not some short-lived cowboy ressurgence. Dak still stinks but unfortunately the D and the running back don’t.

  11. rexdarteskimospy says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:27 am
    6ball said:
    The Eagles remaining schedule:
    @Cowboys
    @Rams
    Texans
    @Washington
    Each of those teams are desperate for a win to keep their playoff slots.
    ————————————————————————-
    The Rams have already clinched the NFC West. The Texans have not yet officially clinched their division, but they have a real chance at getting a first-round bye on top of a divisional title.
    While both teams certainly have something to play for over the next couple weeks, I wouldn’t say either of them are “desperate” for wins.

    I totally disagree.The Rams are only 1 game up on the Saints for the Number 1 seed. I highly doubt they want to slip to Number 2 and potentially have to go back to the Superdome. Likewise with Houston. They still have a slim chance at the 1 seed or at the very least the 2. Having a bye and having to win only 2 games to get to the Super Bowl instead of 3 is a heck of a lot easier IMO.

  12. Tate received plenty of praise while he was in Detroit, but wasn’t going to re-sign, so the Lions traded him.

  13. @isithockeyseasonyet

    I’m a Cowboy fan born in Germany and raised in Virginia. I’ve been on these comments lose or win. Not sure why you’re calling these Cowboy fans frauds. Not like Cowboy fans can even be considered band wagon fans. We have like 2 playoff wins since the the mid 90s.

    The 8-8 narrative is a little played out. Cowboys went 13-3 after many people said they wouldnt win 5 games, much like this year. The year after they went 9-7. They went 1-5 without Zeke that year. They are currently 7-5. They have a good chance of winning more. I’m going to let the season play out but they’re 29-15 in their last 44 games. At the very least they finish 29-19 over the last 3 seasons.

    So maybe you’re the fraud. You’ve clearly not been watching football the last 2.5 seasons. Maybe it’s your math skills that need work. Whatever it is I hope you find peace with your demons. Every team has fans nobody appreciates. Most those people arent even real football fans. They just talk to talk. I don’t see why you let them get to you.

  14. Still not sure what the Lions were thinking there. If they’re just assuming they’ll find another WR of his caliber in the 3rd round they have another think coming.

  15. “The Lions are 1-4 since trading Tate”

    I’m not sure that would’ve changed had he stayed. I just don’t think our offensive scheme is complex enough to compete at a high level, while our coach is clearly learning on the job.

    It used to be that as long as we had Stafford we had a chance. That has not been the case this year and he is taking the brunt of the fan’s angst. As such, this will be the first off-season in a long time that there is no hope for the immediate future, or long term future either.

  16. slimglynn says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Filthy team, city, players,fans… Die Eagles Die!

    GO COWBOYS!
    ………………………………………….

    Ha Ha Ha They’re in your head ! It’s obvious .
    You’ve expose yourself . That’s what a generation without a Super Bowl appearance will do to your psyche .

  17. Lions fans are dumb, their team is trash regardless of who is on it. Golden Tate has always been and still is overrated!

  18. If they don’t make the playoffs, it doesn’t mean the trade doesn’t make sense. It’s still worth the shot and they do get draft compensation if he leaves I believe.

  19. bassplucker says:
    December 4, 2018 at 11:46 am
    Still not sure what the Lions were thinking there. If they’re just assuming they’ll find another WR of his caliber in the 3rd round they have another think coming.

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    I’m sure they knew that at the end of the season he wasn’t going to re-sign, or they weren’t willing to pay him. Still, at the time of the trade, we were very much in the race for the division and had just made a big trade for Snacks! I’d still argue that they should have kept Tate and taken their chances on a compensatory pick (which still could have been a 3rd) to try and win now!

  20. Trading Tate was the beginning of the end for the Lions. He was Stafford’s go to guy. Dumb decision that signaled that Lions management was giving up on the season. Then they lost TJ Lang, Marvin Jones, and Kerryon on offense. Only a 2nd year promising WR left.

    Bob Quinn put himself on the hot seat with the Golden Tate move.

  21. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    I digress,,has Carson Wents ever played in a playoff game ?
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    He helped his team win a ring. Don’t be a schmuck.

  22. vikingf0rlife says:
    December 4, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    Lions fans are dumb, their team is trash regardless of who is on it. Golden Tate has always been and still is overrated!
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    This post confirms what Packer fans have known for years Fans of the Vikings don’t have a shred of decency.

  23. bringbackwayne says:
    Trading Tate was the beginning of the end for the Lions. He was Stafford’s go to guy. Dumb decision that signaled that Lions management was giving up on the season. Then they lost TJ Lang, Marvin Jones, and Kerryon on offense. Only a 2nd year promising WR left.

    Bob Quinn put himself on the hot seat with the Golden Tate move.
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    I agree that trading Tate meant Quinn and Patricia decided they were tanking the season. But I don’t think Quinn is on the hot seat. The Ford family has a long history of tolerating mediocre GMs. Millen was an awful GM and firing him required Bill Ford (who has nothing to do with football operations) to step in.

    When they traded Tate, Quinn and Patricia should have told fans that Stafford will spend the rest of the season throwing INTs while helping to develop inexperienced receivers.

  24. if you’re going to make comparisons between the two teams, let’s begin at the beginning, not the players down on the field;

    the Lions are still in recovery mode from Willam Clay Ford, Matt Millen and Martin Mathew, the three of whom collectively couldn’t conspire to pour water out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel as far as pro football management (or anything else) is concerned;

    the Eagles had Laurie and Kotite, but they have long ago recovered from those two feminine protection products;

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