Defining Expectations For 2013: Golden Tate

Golden Tate is now missing practices he can’t afford to miss. Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Looking at the film, it’s easy to see why the Seahawks have looked to find a potential replacement for Tate. It’s also easy to see why he put up some impressive stats in 2012, and why Seahawks fans love him.

Tate still doesn’t run crisp routes, and after 3 years in the NFL, it’s unlikely that he ever will. Because of this, he is almost never able to get open within the first 2.5 seconds the play. Its that time span that NFL offense require a WR to get open, which is why I think the Seahawks will let Tate walk at the end of 2013, and why they drafted Chris Harper back in April.

On the other hand, Tate excelled after that point. When the play would break down, and QB Russell Wilson would break containment and get outside, it was Tate that he found for a big play over and over again. Plus, once the ball was in his hands, Tate’s athleticism showed up and good things happened for the Seahawks.

As for what to expect in 2013, it is difficult to expect anything but lesser numbers for Tate. The acquisition of Percy Harvin is likely to effect Tate’s playing time more anyone else. Plus, since Chris Harper is being groomed to be the Split End of the future, he’s also likely get a few snaps each game at Tate’s expense.

Still, Tate has a way of making good things happen when given the chance. The Seahawks would be foolish to not get Tate on the field in situations when a play simply has to be made, like any third or 4th down situation, so Tate’s playing time isn’t going to completely evaporate. There’s also been some talk of have Tate return punts, and possibly kickoffs as well, now that Leon Washington is gone.

Topics: Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

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  • Hawkman54

    I am sure they will find multiple uses THIS year for G. Tate, but I agree he is probably either going to be offered a small contract or allowed to walk.

  • Michael Terry

    Tate’s the man. He didn’t start off his tenure as a Hawk so hot, but he made a big leap last year so we know he has that crucial knack to improve over time. His athleticism is off the charts. His balance and lateral quickness rival a running back’s. Last year, he was one of the best in the league in YAC’s. He broke a tackle on 30% of his catches, if I remember correctly, and that was best in the NFL I think. His drop rate is incredibly low. His advanced stats say he’s elite. He doesn’t get huge counting stats but we shouldn’t judge him on that–it’s an artifact of Seattle’s offense. A really great artifact because it means his value on the open market is lowered. That’s why I think we’ll keep him.

    As far as crisp routes, Brock Huard and Steve Raible have been raving about his routes during OTAs:

    http://mynorthwest.com/422/2279348/Strong-reviews-for-Golden-Tate-Doug-Baldwin

    Harper, otoh, doesn’t run crisp routes. Hopefully it’s just because he’s only been a receiver for 3 years, but his routes are pretty lazy. It’s been said elsewhere, but his strong point is the fact that he can post up DBs the way he used to as an undersized front line basketball player. I’m actually OK with that, though, if it plays to his strengths. If he can find a way to keep that mentality and run good routes, too, so much the better. At any rate, I think Harper would be more likely to take Sidney’s job than anything, although I don’t try to project who goes or not. It all depends on the price. Right now, Sidney is slated to make a ton of money next year, if I remember right. If he restructures or strikes a deal for a reasonable price, I hope he’s still with us.

    BTW, Harper got a 33 on the Wonderlic, highest of any of the elite receivers in the draft. If anyone has the potential to really improve under good tutelage (and combined with his fantastic size and combine measurables), it’s Harper. High hopes for that guy.

  • Korchino

    This is the second best pure offensive play maker on this roster next to Percy. & if Harvin can’t prove his durability this year maybe he’s the best. I’m not saying he’s the best football player on this offense because that is obviously Dangeruss, but his ability to break tackles or make people miss in the open field is unique. I think John & Pete find a way to keep him because a weapon like that just cannot be replaced…no matter how limited his touches.

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