When you get a shiny new toy, don’t you use it right away?
You take the Porsche out to the highway and put the pedal to the metal, unless you’re driving Interstate 95 near Cottman Avenue, in which case you sit in construction traffic.
The Eagles drove once around the block then put Golden Tate back in the garage on Sunday night, using their newest receiver on only 29% of snaps in the seven-point loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He caught two passes on four targets for 19 yards and returned two punts for 11 yards.
Mind you, they sent a third-round draft pick to Detroit for Tate, who only had eight games remaining on his contract. Now he’s got seven before he comes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.
Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Mike Groh were both asked about Tate’s usage this week, and here’s what Doug said on Monday:
“We had a nice, little plan for him going into this game. And it was all huddle calls. And, in fairness to Golden, the third series of the game I went straight up-tempo to try to generate some spark. It’s all code words and different things, and moving guys around a little bit. So in fairness, I didn’t want to put him in a situation where he felt uncomfortable. Going forward, as we go, that will increase for him. You’ll see him in there a little bit more.”
Understandable. Guy can’t just magically absorb the entire playbook into his brain.