Golden Tate is a not a traditional receiver. He does not excel at running patterns or gaining separation. He has strong ball skills but so-so hands. He will not excel at the jump ball. Force Tate to become a traditional wide receiver and Tate could fail.
He is not a traditional receiver. Tate is the new receiver. He's an absolute bulldog after the catch. Tate powers through corners. He excels at screen passes and short routes. Tate can be a quarterback's best friend. The kind of receiver that takes a little and explodes for a lot. In a different passing environment, his limitations might upend him. In the new passing environment, corners playing off, physical coverage barred, spread-style offenses everywhere, Tate could be the new big thing.