Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate said he feels fine physically and is not feeling any training camp fatigue, with only one day of practice remaining before camp concludes on Thursday.
But the biggest thing Tate said he’s struggling with right now is learning the precise route running of the West Coast Offense and making sure he’s in the right spot at the right time.
“I feel like I know the material,” Tate said. “But there’s little things in there, like little holes where I’m supposed to be. Or if I release this way, it’s going to push me in two more yards, when I’m supposed to be three more yards the other way.
“I feel like I know this 12-yard in-route, but there’s so many logistics to it, and that’s what I’m trying to learn right now.”
Tate said he’s not playing as fast as he’s capable of because he’s still learning where he needs to be on the field.
“Everything seems so fast because you’re like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing,’” Tate said. “You think you do, but you really don’t. And that’s one of the things I have struggled with. It’s getting better, but I have a long way to go.”
Tate finished with just two catches for five yards against Tennessee, including a dropped a pass from Charlie Whitehurst on a slant route during a two-minute situation at the end of the half. Tate understands he needs to play better, but is happy the first game is behind him.
“The coaches say you should have your biggest jump from your first to your second game,” Tate said. “And that’s what I’m expecting to have myself.
“It’s the same game, just a higher stage and better athletes. And that’s what I didn’t understand at first. I thought I was going out there with a bunch of freaks that I wasn’t going to be able to compete with. But I’m a competitor. And after I got my first catch I just realized it’s the same game (as college). They didn’t draft me in the second round for no reason. So I need to be confident and come here and play ball.”
Happy homecoming for Gordon
With a vacant roster spot after trading defensive end Lawrence Jackson, the Seahawks used it to sign defensive tackle Amon Gordon.
The Stanford University product was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2004 draft (161st overall), and bounced around the league, playing for Denver, Baltimore and Tennessee.
While with Philadelphia in 2009, Gordan tore his Achilles tendon and was waived in an injury settlement.
A 6-foot-2, 310 pounds Gordon likely will play nose guard and a little 3-technique for Seattle.
And playing for the Seahawks is a homecoming of sorts for Gordon, who prepped at Mariner High in Everett before moving to San Diego with good friend Teyo Johnson to finish his high school career.
Gordon, 28, worked out with Tampa and New England during OTA’s and also had a workout with Miami this summer.
Gordon said he had been working out in California when the Seahawks reached out to him on Tuesday. He got a little work during team drills today, but mostly worked out with trainers at the beginning of practice.
“It’s awesome,” Gordon said. “Anytime you can come back to a familiar place that’s home, my family is here, and couple that with football, I think that just makes for a little extra fuel moving forward.”
CB Lewis making his way
One person who continues to make plays, both during games and practices is cornerback Roy Lewis. The University of Washington product is in the midst of a tight battle for a roster spot at his position. But he has proved to be a productive player on special teams, and also is getting a look as an inside cover guy during nickel passing situations.
Right now, Lewis is working with the second unit behind Marcus Trufant.
Lewis said he talked a lot with special teams ace Sean Morey while he was with Seattle during the offseason before he retired.
“Morey’s locker was actually just a couple down from mine,” Lewis said. “He would always pull me aside and work with me as far as technique work with jammers and gunners or how to read returns. He’s been influential as far as a lot of special teamers in the NFL.
“I had an opportunity to play against him last year, and to have him on our team to actually share some of that insight was a real good thing.”
Lewis also said the switch to more press coverage defensively fits into his wheelhouse in terms of the physical way he plays the game.
“I’m a physical kind of guy,” Lewis said. “So to be able to get in there and use my physicality and aggressiveness, I think that works right into that.”
* DE Ricky Foley, DE Nick Reed, LB Leroy Hill (knee), K Olindo Mare (calf), DT Kevin Vickerson, TE Chris Baker and DT Craig Terrill all sat on the sidelines today. WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh is still away from the team handling a personal issue.
* DT Jonathan Lewis was back at practice today. And DT Brandon Mebane was limited. OL Chester Pitts and CB Josh Pinkard remain on the active PUP list.
* TE Anthony McCoy continues to have trouble holding onto the ball. He dropped another pass down the middle of the defense today.
* WR Deion Butler made a nice catch on a fade rout down the sideline, working back to a ball thrown by Charlie Whitehurst and making the catch over cornerback Marcus Trufant.
* DE/LB Dexter Davis had a nice play during a two-minute drill at the end of practice, tipping a ball thrown by Charlie Whitehurst that Rob Rose almost came up with for an interception.