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Ex-Seahawks WR Golden Tate: Matthew Stafford ‘best QB I’ve played with’

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Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate says Matthew Stafford, not Russell Wilson, is the best quarterback he’s ever played with.

Speaking to ClickOnDetroit.com, the veteran receiver, who’s now with the New York Giants, he made it clear who he thought was No. 1 among signal callers with whom he’s shared a locker room:

“Stafford’s been the best quarterback I’ve played with. The guy can flat out play, he’s tough, and his attitude is amazing and he just wants to play ball. For me I have nothing but praises for him.”

There’s no question Tate had his best seasons in Detroit, surpassing his best season in Seattle in each of the four seasons he spent in the Motor City. What stands out, however, is the fact he mentioned Stafford over Wilson.

Of the two, Wilson has the edge in career passer rating, with a career 100.3 number against Stafford’s 88.4. In addition, he’s got the slight edge in touchdowns per game, 1.8 vs. 1.7 heading into the 2019 season.

In perhaps the most important metric, however, the win column, Wilson has an even bigger edge. He’s won 75 games, while Stafford has amassed just 66.

What’s more, Wilson’s done it in three fewer seasons and is a Super Bowl Champion. However, Tate doesn’t feel that Stafford’s lack of success in the postseason warrants a downgrade.

“It’s almost unfair that he’s such a good player and doesn’t have playoffs or a ring to show for it,” he added.

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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