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Morning links: Tate the playmaker

Post by Eric Williams on July 30, 2012 at 7:24 am with 8 Comments »
July 30, 2012 7:25 am
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate celebrates his touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Seattle. Tate received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for falling on his back. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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.

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  1. bird_spit says:

    I hope for the hawks sake, Tate figures it out this season. I think the WR corps have an opportunity to be the heros or the weak link this season. Mr 9 games a season Rice as a leader sends chills down my spine. I really believe the hawks need to sign a another experienced leader for that group.

  2. What our they doing with Washington this year, I always feel they need to try getting him the ball more in the open feild, especially screens and stuff. Also, is he going to be doing punts at all and how much emphasis do the Hawks put on the return game? Glad to hear Tate tryin’ to step up his game as well, love seeing him in the open feild and making plays after the catch as well.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    “I hope for the hawks sake, Tate figures it out this season.” This is my feeling, too, despite the fact he’s my least favorite Seahawk. We’ve read about his taking things more seriously since being inactive week 1 of the 2010 season. Hopefully this time he’ll follow through on it.

  4. Palerydr says:

    Tate reads as the typical entitled athlete from Eric’s story:

    I never had to work for my position; it was always given to me,” Tate said. “I was always more athletic, so for the first time ever I felt like I had to work. It wasn’t given to me. And then when I didn’t respond the correct way my rookie year, I was like, ‘If I’m not starting, whatever.’

    That kind of statement really pisses me off he can tell us he will change things but I’m gonna need to see it not give it lip service.

  5. Duke – do you know who my least favorite is? lol

    I’ve been in love with Tate (physical ability) since before they drafted him. I was so excited when we got him! But now the talk is cheap and I expect results this season. I don’t think he’s going to let me/us down.

  6. Hammajamma says:

    Wonder where Tate would be today without Baldwin demonstrating how it’s done? I will continue to worry about his head until he has some success and shows he can handle it. Just not sure yet.

  7. I hope Pete Carroll names his starter (Flynn) no later than after the second pre-season game. He needs lots of reps with the first team to get a good start and take this team to the playoffs. Anything less than a 9-7 season would be a major disappointment (unless they make the playoffs).

  8. Soggybuc says:

    Give the Tater a break as the Lock out really screwed him from getting the work needed by a guy going from year one to year two.

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