Eagles WR Golden Tate only played 29 percent of snaps in Philadelphia debut
The Philadelphia Eagles went out and made the big trade to send a third-round pick to the Detroit Lions for wide receiver Golden Tate ahead of the NFL trade deadline. It was a move that shocked quite a few people, but one that many thought would help take the Eagles’ offense to the next level.
According to a report shared by Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles only played Tate on 29 percent of the offensive snaps in his debut. That number did not sit well with Berman.
Golden Tate played only 29 percent of the snaps. When you trade for a 30-year-old Pro Bowler in the last year of his contract, you need to play him. There's no phasing-in process. It's an eight-game purchase, the Eagles had a bye week. I was surprised with how they used him. https://t.co/aOsVS4mTHI
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) November 12, 2018
Needless to say, Tate was expected to play a lot more and have a much bigger role in the offense.
In the limited snaps that he did play, Tate caught just two passes for 19 yards. Philadelphia ended up losing the game to the Cowboys by a final score of 27-20. Tate could have made a difference for the Eagles’ struggling offense if he had played more.
As Berman noted, Tate is in the last year of his contract. It seems a bit strange that they acquired a player of his caliber and did not give him much playing time. Even with Tate not knowing the whole system, he could have made an impact with the skills that he possesses.
Philadelphia’s next game will come on the road against the streaking New Orleans Saints. They will need as much help as they can get against that strong defense, which should lead to a much larger role for Tate.
Expect to see him get a lot more run in his second game with the team, but if he doesn’t, there will be a major outcry from the Philadelphia fan base and media.