Golden Tate is used to facing up against good defenses. The Detroit Lions receiver spent last season going face to face with the best defensive unit in NFL history on a daily basis while at the Seahawks.
Winning the Super Bowl last year will have given Tate plenty of confidence for his debut season in Detroit, and it will also have given him a keen eye for what constitutes as good defensive play.
Spending everyday watching the league's best cornerback Richard Sherman at work will have shown him what good receiver coverage looks like.
Fast forward to week one of the 2014 NFL season on Monday Night Football, and Tate saw none of that quality coverage from his opponents, the New York Giants.
Eli Manning and the Giants were expected to struggle against the high powered offense of the Lions that includes Tate and the supreme athlete that is Calvin Johnson, but the Giants weren't expected to stink so bad.
In fact, after the game, Golden Tate spoke to reporters and admitted that he was surprised by how bad the New York Giants were.
Referring to their coverage of Calvin Johnson, Tate criticized their decision to leave him open on multiple occasions during the game.
"That was really surprising," Tate told ESPN. "I can't believe you would ever leave CJ open. Ever. But they did a bunch of times, and we capitalized on it. If they do that, that's what we have to do. Consistently."
Plenty of opportunities
Tate had a good start to his Lions career with a solid 93 yards receiving, but it was Megatron that stole the show.
Johnson managed to catch seven balls for 164 yards and two touchdowns, and after the game he admitted that the Giants' single coverage gave him plenty of opportunities.
"There were some opportunities where we had some single coverage," Johnson added. "It wasn't all the time. But there were some opportunities."
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