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.”