(Eds: With AP Photos.) Beginning his third year in the league, Golden Tate appears poised to finally have his breakthrough season with the Seattle Seahawks.
Tate no longer looks lost on the practice field. He doesn't get overly excited while making a catch in practice and has a quiet confidence to go along with his athleticism.
Tate became a more dependable weapon for the Seahawks (No. 22 in the AP Pro32) late last season. Sidney Rice had been placed on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in late November, which gave Tate the chance to step into a more pronounced role. Tate responded with 19 catches for 209 yards in the final five games.
''It takes guys awhile at times at the receiver position,'' receivers coach Kippy Brown said. ''He's got to be exact on his assignments and doing things right, he's got to react to different coverages and it takes guys a while to get comfortable and be able to do it full speed.''
Tate's rookie season was a struggle. He struggled to get ...