Third-year pro Golden Tate is looking to seize control of the starting split end position, and has once again looked the part of an explosive receiver in the beginning of training camp.
In my story today, Tate talks about the light bulb going on in the second half of 2011 season, when he started the last five games after Sidney Rice went out with successive concussions, finishing with 19 catches for 209 yards and a touchdown during that span.
“I felt like when they had nowhere else to go I had to step up,” Tate said. “I had to do it. … So I took it a lot more serious – not that I didn’t take it serious in the first place.
“So there was more studying, more film and paying attention to details on the field, and on the practice field; being very coachable, so when it was time for me to shine I did my best to make the plays I’m supposed to make.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune talks with receiver Sidney Rice about returning from his injury issues and being more of a leader this season. “It’s going to be up to them,” Rice said about his playing time during training camp. “I know they’re going to protect me as much as possible. The preseason is important, but it’s not as important as the regular season. They’re going to take their time.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com notes that running back Robert Turbin has impressed so far during training camp in this practice report.
More Farnsworth: Center Max Unger is taking on more of a leadership role after signing his new contract extension. Unger said the Seahawks made the push to get a new deal done.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that cornerback Brandon Browner resuscitated his career in with the Seahawks last year, and in the process changes the fortunes of the secondary.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that Seattle has turned a question mark into a positive by improving the team’s pass rush.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated, who was at training camp on Sunday, believers the charismatic Russell Wilson has a legitimate chance to win the starting job in training camp.
Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes with the likely sale of the Browns to new ownership, team president Mike Holmgren could be ushered out the door before his promised team improvements take shape.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland believes San Francisco will not win more than 10 games this season, and the Cardinals will be lucky to go 7-9.
Albert Breer of NFL.com believes football in the Olympics one day could happen. I don’t think so Albert.