Albert Wilson recently claimed he was the best YAC player in the NFL, but Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate took issue with that statement. Tate and the Lions will take on Wilson's Miami Dolphins in Week 7. While Wilson is definitely a talented player, Tate feels he needs to show consistency over a longer stretch before he tries to claim such an impressive title.
“He's a really, really, really good player,” Tate told the Lions' official website. “But you don't get that title after five games, six games, so I'll let the people decide.”
Golden Tate is actually ranked ahead of Albert Wilson in YAC this season. Tate's 232 YAC ranks him eighth in the NFL, trumping Wilson's mark of 196. The two are both top talents, and we'll get to see if Wilson can maintain his excellence on Sunday. His two touchdown performance in a 31-28 victory over the Chicago Bears last week earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
While Tate was skeptical of Wilson's claim, he did acknowledge that having a positive mindset like his can be beneficial.
“When I was younger, I thought I could run through a brick wall, for sure. I didn't think anyone could tackle me. I thought I could run forever. I definitely get that mentality, and that's something that you want to have,” said Tate.
Both Golden Tate and Albert Wilson will get a chance to test their mettle in Week 7. The Dolphins have a shocking 4-2 record, while the Lions stand at 2-3. Even with their poor start, the Lions are in the hunt in an NFC North division that is stacked with talent. We'll have to wait and see which one of these playmakers steps up this weekend.