Heading into the Seattle Seahawks final preseason game tonight against the Oakland Raiders, some believe receiver Golden Tate could be on the bubble when the team cuts down to 53 players by Saturday, which my story addresses today.
Although Tate has struggled, including two costly drops – one that turned into an interception return for a touchdown against Minnesota – I do not believe Pete Carroll is ready to give up on the second-round draft choice.
“Our expectations are still high,” Carroll said. “We haven’t lost that at all. He continues to do good things. He’s going to get a lot of play time in this game. This is an important game for him, he’ll get a lot of air time here.
“He’s just a good competitor, a tough guy who makes good catches and can run with the ball. We just need to keep getting it together.”
Carroll also has some financial obligations to consider. Tate agreed to a four-year, $3.261 million deal last year as a rookie, which included a $1 million signing bonus and a total of $1.471 million in guaranteed money, so the team will likely want some sort of return on its investment.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that this is the last time undrafted free agents like receiver Doug Baldwin and safety Jeron Johnson can show they belong on the roster.
Christian Caple of Seattlepi.com offers five things to look for in tonight’s game.
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com previews the NFC West, giving us three reasons he expects the mediocre football for a second straight season.
More Kirwan: He doesn’t expect the Seahawks to get back to the playoffs this season.
Michael Lombardi of NFL.com ranks the NFC West as the worst division in the NFL.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Carson Palmer and Bengals’ owner Mike Brown met in late July, perhaps paving the way for the possible return of the disgruntled quarterback to Cincinnati before the regular season begins.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated takes a closer look at the controlled chaos defenses are created to keep offense guessing a the line of scrimmage.