Fresh off his first Pro Bowl bid, Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate is still looking for ways to improve.
"I’ve been doing some yoga, trying to work on my flexibility," Tate told Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. "Eating healthier than I ever have and just really trying to build my endurance up, trying to build my body as much as I can because, as you know, the season will break it down."
After setting career-high marks for receptions (99) and receiving yardage (1,331), Tate aims to continue his ascension. He hopes yoga can help turn him into the fine wine of NFL receivers, a pass-catcher who only gets better with age.
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"I’m just trying to loosen up my (hamstrings) and my hips, my groin, just so I can get a longer stride. Just trying to set myself up to get better this year," Tate said. "The older I get, the more people want to say, ‘He’s losing a step.’ In my case, I want ‘the older I get, the better he’s getting.’"
If Tate improves and Calvin Johnson stays healthy, quarterback Matthew Stafford should be armed with a big-time receiving threat on both sides of the field.