Patriots will meet with Tate
|02.26.10 at 1:56 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — The Patriots are scheduled to meet with Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate Friday night at the NFL Combine. Such meetings are very common and shouldn’t be read into too much, but the receiver also said that it would be a “dream” to be reunited with former Fighting Irish coach Charlie Weis in Kansas City.
Tate touched on a variety of topics, including his decision to turn pro, which was the result of a preseason discussion with Weis.
“Unless you have 1,500 yards and 15, 16 touchdowns,” Tate recalls the former Patriots offensive coordinator telling him, “you should not leave early.”
Tate went on to have 1496 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior and as a result took his coaches words literally. He plans to run a sub-4.5 40-yard dash, which he admitted was a “decent” time.
“I’d say my biggest strength is being able to break tackles. If you go back and watch the film, it’s kind of tough for guys to tackle me. My speed has always been a strength of mine … and also my hands. I think I have a pretty good grip on the ball once it touches my hands.”
Tate is projected by many as having a late-first to mid-second round grade. No matter where he lands, Draft Day isn’t the end-all-be-all for Tate.
“Don’t be satisfied,” Tate said, referring to a wristband worn by Notre Dame receivers. “Don’t be satisfied with just getting invited to the Combine. Don’t get excited with just getting drafted. Don’t be satisfied.
“I want to be great. I want to win Super Bowls. I want to go to the Pro Bowl. I want to be in the Hall of Fame. I think my mindset is on the right path.”
As for his quarterback, Tate described Jimmy Clausen as a “great leader” and said that though he isn’t an expert on the rest of the quarterbacks in the draft, he believes that Clausen should be the first quarterback to hear their name called on April 22 in New York.
“[Clausen was] really consistent,” said Tate. “Every day [he] showed up to work. I should have made more plays to put us in a better situation.”
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