Golden Tate
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Newly-acquired New York Giants receiver Golden Tate has high praise for his former teammate, Lions quarterback Matt Stafford.

Ryan Honey

Entering his tenth year in the NFL, it’s safe to say Golden Tate has had talented quarterbacks throwing him the football. He’s played in Seattle with Russell Wilson, Detroit with Matt Stafford, and in Philadelphia with Carson Wentz and Nick Foles.

If you were to ask fans who the best quarterback is out of that group, many would say Wilson. However, Tate doesn’t agree with that.

Speaking to Bernie Smilovetz of ClickOnDetroit, Tate chooses Stafford when answering that specific question.

“Stafford’s been the best quarterback I’ve played with,” Tate said. “The guy can flat out play, he’s tough, and his attitude is amazing, and he just wants to play ball. For me, I have nothing but praises for him. It’s almost unfair despite how great he is, he doesn’t have a ring to show for it.”

Tate played in Detroit from 2014 to midway through the 2018 season. He was then traded to the Eagles, where he finished out the season.

Throughout his time in Detroit, Tate averaged 93.75 receptions, 1,068.4 yards and 4.96 touchdown receptions per season.

The Giants signed Tate in March to a four-year, $37 million deal. They signed him fewer than two days after they traded away Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.

Big Blue also gave Sterling Shepard a four-year, $41 million extension, making a statement on who they want running the receiving corps going forward.

Tate, Shepard, Corey Coleman, tight end Evan Engram, and running back Saquon Barkley will lead the group of targets for Eli Manning this year.

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