I’m thinking many Seahawks fans have moved on from Golden Tate now that he is with the Detroit Lions.
But in case you haven’t, there’s some interesting stuff from him in an interview today on ESPN’s First Take — you can watch it here.
Specifically, Tate says he expects to get the ball a lot more in Detroit, wishes he had a chance to play against the Seahawks this season, and implies that Matthew Stafford has a stronger arm than Russell Wilson.
The latter may be the comment that gets the most attention, though I don’t think it’s overly controversial — Stafford is known for his arm strength.
Tate said, when asked to compare the two, that “they both throw pretty balls. I would definitely say Matthew Stafford’s balls get there way quicker.”
Tate also repeated what he has said from the start — that he expects to get thrown the ball a lot more in Detroit than he did in Seattle, where he led the Seahawks last season with 64 catches.
“There’s a chance to catch a ton more balls,” Tate said, adding he expects to see “a lot of single coverage” with Calvin Johnson on the other side, which also means Tate will see more of an opponent’s second and third cornerbacks. “I think the sky is the limit and it’s going to get back to the old Golden,” he said.
He said in Seattle that “I knew my role. I knew that Seattle was a run-first offense and my opportunities were going to be limited and when I had the ball I had to do something special … I never knew when my next ball was going to come.”
Seattle is not on Detroit’s schedule this year, though they could obviously meet in the playoffs. Tate said he’s looking forward to a chance to play Seattle soon, tho0ugh, saying that while he knows how good the Seahawks defense is “I’m not scared of any man. I’m sorry. It would be a fun game, and I would want to play them in Seattle.”
If a playoff meeting doesn’t happen this season, then he will get that chance in 2015, when the Lions are scheduled to come to Seattle.