Remember when we were all worried about how long it would take Golden Tate to get on the same page with Carson Wentz?
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Back to the drawing board.
After weeks of learning the intricacies of playing with Wentz, it now looks like Tate is going to be playing with Nick Foles on Sunday. While Foles has played with most of the other receivers on the team before, he's had just these last few practices to throw to Tate.
It would make sense if Tate were concerned that Foles has a rapport with his other receivers, much more than he has with Tate. Even Dallas Goedert got to play with Foles in training camp.
"I'm just going to go out there and play," Tate said on Friday. "I know my plays, I know what I'm supposed to do when my number's called. I'm just going to do the best I can and not even worry about it."
While the Eagles say Wentz is doubtful for this weekend, it's pretty clear Foles will be the Eagles' starter on Sunday night in LA. Foles has taken all the first-team reps this week in practice and the game plan is based on his being the starting quarterback.
Tate claims nothing really changes for him with a new quarterback. Aside from getting on the same page as Foles, he will still run the same routes and claims he has a great grasp of the playbook.
Since joining the Eagles, Tate has had varying levels of production. Last week, he had just one catch for seven yards, but in the previous game, he had 85 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Tate hasn't been working with Foles for long, but he's been impressed with what he's seen.
"He's a confident guy," Tate said. "I think he has a really good beat for the game plan. Even though he hasn't been in there, I think he does a really good job of staying prepared and taking mental reps. It's just his time. For him, he's been in this situation before. He handled it really well. I'm expecting him to play his best ball and we're going to help him play well and try to win some ballgames."
You'll notice Tate said ballgames, which was maybe a slip of the tongue, but more likely a feeling that is being felt by many Eagles. The franchise quarterback has a fracture in his back; he probably ain't playing the rest of this season.
Obviously, if the Eagles were to go on a run these last three games, Foles will need to play well. He took over at QB last season and obviously led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship.
Then, still a member of the Lions, Tate watched the Super Bowl and came away impressed by Foles' performance. He noted that while a lot of folks had counted the Eagles out, Tate actually thought they were going to win Super Bowl LII. They did because Foles turned into the Super Bowl MVP.
"He went out there and made plays," Tate said. "Caught the ball, threw the ball. He did a lot to help this team win a Super Bowl. I was impressed."
Now, Tate will be catching passes from him on Sunday. At least he hopes.
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