clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate has a challenger for his YAC King throne

... and the two will face off against each other this Sunday.

Chicago Bears v Miami Dolphins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Anyone in Detroit knows that Lions receiver Golden Tate is the “YAC King.” YAC, of course, is short for “yards after the catch” and king is not short for anything. He’s the king, y’all, and he’ll be the first to tell you:

But Golden Tate doesn’t just talk the talk. He backs up his claims with superb play. In fact, over the past two years, no wide receiver has more YAC than Tate, and it’s not particularly close (stats via ESPN):

Golden Tate: 751 yards
Antonio Brown: 670
Tyreek HIll: 638
Adam Thielen: 636
Cooper Kupp: 628

But despite the clear statistical evidence, there is a challenger to Tate’s throne, and he’s not even on that list above.

Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson has taken claim of best YAC receiver in the league... according to himself.

To Wilson’s credit, he can certainly claim to be amongst the league’s best in creating yards after the catch. Just look what he did to the Bears last week.

And this...

In total, Wilson had 136 yards after the catch on Sunday alone, pushing his total to 196 on the season—still 9 yards behind Golden Tate on the year (205), and Tate has played one fewer game.

Now, as the article linked above points out, Wilson leads the league in YAC per reception (14.8). Tate leads the league in YAC, in part, because of the volume of passes he catches. In the past four seasons, Tate has ranked in the top 10 in receptions, grabbing at least 90 in each year. Only five receivers have more catches than Tate since 2014.

It’s obviously not Wilson’s fault that he isn’t getting the ball thrown to him more, but it’s hard to lay claim to the YAC King throne if you’re only catching three or four passes a game. Tate has proven to be effective even with a huge workload. Would Wilson be as efficient if he saw as many targets as Tate? It’s hard to know.

To be clear, Wilson isn’t calling out Tate with his claims, he doesn’t even address Tate. He’s simply just talking himself up. However, the two will face off against each other this upcoming Sunday. Just be warned, Wilson. You come at the YAC King, you best not miss.

Pride of Detroit Direct

Sign up now for a 7-day free trial of Pride of Detroit Direct, with exclusive updates from Jeremy Reisman on the ground at Allen Park, instant reactions after each game, and in-depth Lions analysis from film expert Jon Ledyard.