The NFL trade deadline wasted no time picking up steam.
Some big names are on the move, and the Detroit Lions made waves in the NFC North this morning when they traded star reciever Golden Tate:
Detroit is trading WR Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third-round pick, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2018
The trade is a big deal for the Lions' offense, as Tate's recieved 26.6% of the Lions' targets this season. That's obviously good news for the Bears' secondary, who will have one less weapon to worry about over the 11 day span in November when they play the Lions twice.
With Tate, Detroit ranked 18th in pass offense, according to Football Outsiders. He was, however, one of the best at creating extra yards after the catch:
The @Eagles have acquired Golden Tate from the Lions for a 2019 3rd round pick.@ShowtimeTate has been among the best receivers creating yards after the catch, leading all WRs in total YAC (1528) and YAC Above Expectation (+296) since 2016.#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/CEak01CUhY— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 30, 2018
What does this mean for the Bears? It's one less weapon they need to deal with. The Lions were never really the team standing between the Bears and the NFC North title, but it never hurts to have a star leave the division. The move frees up the Bears' secondary to scheme more freely, now that they're not required to stick someone like Bryce Callahan or Kyle Fuller on Tate for the entire game.
For a Bears defense that has struggled with tackling over the last few weeks, not playing the NFL's best YAC reciever twice a season is certainly a welcome change.