¡°I feel like every time I think I have it, I come back and make a stupid mistake,¡± Tate said. ¡°A simple, silly, knucklehead mistake. That seems to happen all the time. It¡¯s like, ¡®I got it. I got it. I think I got it.¡¯ And I guess I become slightly complacent and then, ‘Boom.'”
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The ¡°Boom¡± happens less frequently now and often in places most don¡¯t see — like in practice, when he¡¯s still running hard. If he makes the mistake there, then he¡¯s hoping to fix it by game time.
This season was even more of an adaptation. Tate wasn¡¯t seeing the ball much early, and his numbers showed it. That led to the well-known benching in Week 4 against Chicago. From there, he emerged as Matthew Stafford’s favored target. Tate stopped focusing on his numbers and his targets and, in turn, ended up producing more on the field.
That was an adaptation by Tate to just refocus himself. And the Lions’ offensive staff worked to feature him more.
When the Bills didn’t play quarterback Tyrod Taylor in their regular-season finale on Sunday against the New York Jets, it sent the message that the team does not intend to pick up the $15.5 million option bonus in his contract that they have until March 11 to decline or exercise.
Picking up the option would guarantee Taylor $30.75 million over the life of the contract, tying him to Buffalo for the next five seasons, and the Bills don’t have any intention of paying it.
Taylor’s core muscle surgery was performed this week with the Bills being aware of, and involved in the process to have it done, per league sources. This was not a surprise to the Bills. Taylor was diagnosed with a core muscle issue late in the season and played with it until Week 17. Bills doctors told Taylor that surgery was possible and they even recommended that he visit Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. Dr. Meyers determined there was no medical alternative; surgery was the only option. Taylor’s recovery is expected to be six to eight weeks, possibly longer.
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He also was seventh in Total QBR last season, and ninth in 2016. People in that company get major dollars.