Cleaning out the notebook. I know it’s early, blah, blah, but it seems obvious already that Golden Tate will WOW fans this season. I won’t predict how many catches or touchdowns he’ll have, or how durable he’ll be, etc., but there will be times when he will make plays that you’re not used to seeing out of a Seahawks receiver.
He’s made a habit of going up in traffic to make a catch, or grabbing crossing routes without breaking stride and looking impossible to bring down. But during 7-on-7 Tuesday afternoon, Tate went up for a overthrown ball and pulled it down with the fingertips of one hand. And when I say “up,” I mean WAY up. Way, way up. It was one of those plays that caused the rest of the team to gasp aloud. John Schneider and Pete Carroll said they wanted to bring in play-makers. They seem to have done it with this guy, who looks better than just the 60th player taken in the draft.
–Receiver Deon Butler is continuing to be a surprise this camp. He had another nice catch Tuesday, leaping backward for an overhead catch on a deep sideline route. It looks like he’s playing with so much more confidence, and is comfortable with the scheme and his role in it.
–I don’t know what the realistic rehab time was projected to be for back Leon Washington, but he’s certainly back in real action sooner than I could have imagined for a guy who had multiple fractures of his lower leg last season. He’s not only taking part in team drills, he was in there and running it up the middle when there was a lot of thumping going on. It’s unlikely he’s back to 100 percent, but he’s healthy enough to take the banging. I’m sure they’ll be cautious with him in the preseason, but this has to be a very positive sign.
–Tight end John Carlson catches every ball. He seems like a bit of a quiet guy, but could be turning into an understated team leader. He came over and shared a few thoughts with veteran Lawyer Milloy after a play in which Milloy and fullback Owen Schmitt had a big collision. Carlson checking in with a respected vet like Milloy? Shows something.
–Marcus Trufant is not the banged-up cornerback you saw last season. Latest in a series of nice plays he’s made this camp was a one-handed, touchdown saving deflection on Tuesday. A healthy and fully functional Trufant upgrades the secondary significantly.
–It looks like rookie tackle Russell Okung is settling in pretty well. It will be interesting to see him in the preseason against opponents, and watch his progress along the learning curve. End Chris Clemons beat him pretty easily on an outside pass rush once Tuesday.
–I know I’m the only one who cares about this, but I’m not yet sold on new snapper Clint Gresham. Velocity looks pretty good, but snapping is about consistency, and he’s had a few low one recently. That location has to be automatic.
–I haven’t been to every practice, but I haven’t seen a great deal out of Lawrence Jackson to cause me to jot down notes. What do you think the odds would have been, on the day of the 2008 draft, that fourth-rounder Red Bryant might be starting ahead of first-rounder Jackson?