It has been a tough year for the Detroit Lions as they saw a once-promising season turn into a nightmare on the flip of a dime. Leading the NFC North for a solid period of time made it seem almost as if the Lions would be headed to the playoffs for the second time since 2011, but that was not the case. A big reason for the downfall was the lack of wide receiver depth — and Golden Tate might just fix that.
Tate is reportedly visiting the Lions on Tuesday afternoon and could be a huge addition during this crazy free agency period.
While many people believe the Lions will take a wide receiver in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft in May, the front office might not take any chances with a rookie wide out.
Tate isn’t the best possible receiver on the free agent market, but that doesn’t exactly mean he won’t be able to help the depleted wide receiving corps of Detroit. Since Nate Burleson was let go, the Lions have come to the realization that Calvin Johnson needs some serious help and can’t shoulder all the weight of the passing game.
The Lions’ second leading receiver in 2013 was Joique Bell who is a running back and had just 547 yards and no receiving touchdowns.
If Matthew Stafford is going to have any success at quarterback with the Lions this year, he will need a second receiver like Tate to take pressure off Johnson and open up the field. Tate led the world champion Seattle Seahawks in receiving last season with 898 yards and five touchdowns.
Not a bad second option for Detroit if it decides to pull the trigger.
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