Former Lions Golden Tate and Kevin Strong sign with Titans practice squad

Max Gerber

Wed, November 24, 2021, 11:52 AM·1 min read

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  • Tennessee Titans

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  • Golden Tate

Golden Tate


  • Kevin Strong

Kevin Strong


The Tennessee Titans have signed two former Detroit Lions players on Tuesday as part of a flurry of roster moves. Wide receiver Golden Tate and defensive lineman Kevin Strong both joined the Titans’ practice squad.

Tate was not only a fan favorite in Detroit, but also has the seventh-most receiving yards and fifth-most receptions in team history. The Tennessee native joined the Lions as a free agent in 2014 and was a major contributor on offense up until 2018 when he was traded to Philadelphia.

Tate had 416 receptions for 4,741 yards and 22 touchdowns as a Lion and also served as a punt returner and backup running back.

After playing for the Eagles and Giants, Tate failed to sign with another team until now. Hopefully, he can find a career revival with the Titans.

Strong signed with the Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and has spent a majority of his career there either on the practice squad or injured reserve. He was well-liked by coaches in Matt Patricia’s staff and made the 53-man roster as a rookie. Strong played in a total of 15 games for Detroit and recorded 23 tackles and a sack.

Another former Lions player was involved in the Titans’ transactions as well, as running back Adrian Peterson was waived from the active roster.

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For the record, I’m MUCH more concerned with Strong appearing in the playoffs and filling Lions fans with regret than I am Hand.

Agree. When he was in there, it seemed to me that Strong > Levi O. While I think Hand has more natural talent than either of them, you don’t magically become injury-free after years of injuries.

I wouldn’t put Strong over Levi, but you’re right about Hand. He flashed in ways that I think many of us were hoping Levi would, but availability is the #1 ability in the NFL.

I do like how quick Strong is off the line, but he needs reps to get better.

Because they’d invested in strong and reports were always good
I’m bummed he doesn’t get a chance in Detroit. I wonder if it was just numbers or if lions hoped to keep him ?

I did think Tate would sign with a contender later this year - I’d like to see him do well too.