Seattle Seahawks: Is This The Year Golden Tate Finally Breaks Out?
The Seattle Seahawks head into the 2013 season with some pretty monstrous expectations. With a star quarterback heading into his second year and a tenacious defense, it isn’t difficult to see why many are expecting big things from the Seahawks. Golden Tate knows a thing or two about expectations.
A former standout wide receiver at the University of Notre Dame, Tate was selected by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2010 draft. The years that followed, however, were not entirely kind to Tate. His first two seasons combined for 56 receptions and a touch over 600 yards, as well as only three scores.
Then Russell Wilson showed up. With the rookie quarterback at the helm, Tate finally appeared to turn a corner as a receiver last season. He provided a strong outlet for Wilson, while managing to eclipse his production totals from the first two seasons combined. Every one of his statistical categories saw a new career high.
Tate’s 45 receptions were nearly as much as he saw in the first two seasons, having been targeted 67 times. He finished the season with 688 yards, easily more than he had in 2010 & 2011, while more than doubling his career touchdown total, with seven scores on the year.
The chemistry with Wilson was there and Tate came up big down the stretch for the Seahawks as they went on that big run in the second half of the season. Almost 500 of his yards came in the final nine games of the season, as well as four of his touchdowns. Heading into a contract year, Tate has the opportunity to take his game to an even higher level.
Head coach Pete Carroll has already stated his desire to keep Tate consistently involved with the offense, even with the addition of Percy Harvin. If he can pick up where he left off and build on that success that he finally established in the second half of the season, the 2013 campaign should be a tremendous year for Tate and for the Seattle Seahawks.