Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle identifies Red Bryant, Russell Okung, Golden Tate, Matt Flynn and the Seahawks first and second round picks as players that need to maximize this year’s offseason program.
Here’s what Huard has to say about Tate:
“The light bulb appeared to finally come on for Tate at the end of last season. In fact, 19 of Tate’s 35 receptions came in the last five games of 2011. It’s been an eventful two years with benchings, maple bar trysts and unrealized potential from the former Notre Dame All-American.
The emergence of Doug Baldwin and most assuredly a draft pick at wide receiver next week, an enhanced look at last year’s fourth-rounder Kris Durham and super-freak Ricardo Lockette means it’s sink or swim time for Tate (and possibly Mike Williams). Tate has as much if not more explosion and dynamic ability as any receiver on the roster not named Ricardo.
“Now, he has to prove to Carroll, the offensive staff and his new quarterback that the commitment and ‘want-to’ will consistently align with his talent.
I’ll have more on the receiver group in a blog post later today.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com has more tidbits from the John Schneider press conference.
Pro Football Weekly says the Seahawks are leaning toward starting Barrett Ruud at middle linebacker.
John McGrath of The News Tribune would like to go back to the days when there was not a three-month build up to the NFL draft.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post diagrams three routes that Stanford tight end Coby Fleener can use to get open in the red zone at the next level.
Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network takes a look at some possible draft day trade scenarios. Interesting read.
Dennis Dillon of Sports Illustrated profiles Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish, who reportedly visited Seattle.
Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports gives Seattle linebacker Patrick Willis in his ultimate mock draft, his annual draft process in which every player in the NFL is open game.
Judy Batista of the New York Times gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the art and science that goes into making an NFL schedule.