Before the NFL trade deadline, the Philadephia Eagles made the big splash move to acquire former Pro Bowl wide receiver Golden Tate in hopes of adding another element to their offense that can help their push to the playoffs.
However, it hasn't exactly been the smooth transition that the Eagles have hoped as Tate has seven catches on 12 targets for 67 receiving yards in his first two games with the team. Offensive coordinator Mike Groh acknowledged that being the case with implementing the veteran wideout into the fold, according to Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Mike Groh on Golden Tate: "It's been challenging to integrate him."
— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) November 20, 2018
The Eagles have made a concerted effort to get effectively into the mix of things in the passing game, but he has struggled to make a huge impact. His usage has been sporadic at best, but that should have come to be expected from the get-go as there has been little time for Tate to adjust and build a strong rapport with Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Wentz. This is something that typically takes time for both players to feel each other out to know what works best on the field.
Tate has proven to be a talented and dependable receiving option throughout his career and has been a major asset with his ability to make plays after the catch. This is something that could become quite useful for the Eagles down the stretch of the season, which has been a huge reason why the team acquired him to put him alongside Alshon Jeffery and tight end Zach Ertz in the passing game. It simply has been a struggle all year for Philadelphia to find that level of consistency on the field that would put them back in the playoff picture.
With their playoff chances up in the air heading into the final six games of the season, there will be a continued concerted effort to get Tate acclimated quickly to utilize his unique ability in the passing game.