Eagles RB: Golden Tate Will Bring "Explosive Plays"

The Eagles acquired Tate from the Lions on Tuesday

Taz and the Moose
October 31, 2018 - 9:44 am

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The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Golden Tate before the trade deadline Tuesday, sending a third-round pick to Detroit for the 30-year-old wideout.

Eagles players couldn’t be happier.

“I believe he’s going to help out our offense tremendously,” Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood said on Taz & The Moose. “I know he's a competitor. We played him in Detroit, and what he’s been doing for years, we know he’s a dominant receiver. He just brings another piece to this offense. I think we’re going to get explosive plays out of him. It’s just great to have him. I can’t wait to compete with him.”

Tate caught 44 balls for 517 yards and three touchdowns through seven games in Detroit. He is much-needed weapon for Carson Wentz, as the Eagles rank 18th in total offense and 21st in scoring offense (22.3 points per game).

Smallwood expects Wentz and Tate to have instant chemistry.

“I think you see it every week with Carson,” he said. “I think he just makes plays with anyone who’s on the field. He extends plays, and I know receivers love guys who can extend the play and scramble out and have so much time to get open. I believe with the skills he possesses and how hard Carson works, I know they’re going to get together and get on the same page – which Carson does with every single receiver. He makes it his business to be close with the receivers. 

The Eagles’ leading receiver is Nelson Agholor, who has 41 catches for 372 yards and one touchdown. Tight end Zach Ertz, meanwhile, leads the team in catches (61) and yards (644) and is second in touchdowns (three).

Tate should fit right in.

“Them two together, I would say the sky’s the limit,” Smallwood said of Tate and Wentz. “Carson takes this team to the next level a lot. Even when things aren't going good, he keeps us going, and he's the guy who can provide that spark at any time in the game. There’s no stopping that guy.”

The Eagles (4-4) have a bye this week. They host Dallas (3-4) on Nov. 11 on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. ET.