Seattle Seahawks: Golden Tate Can Hold Down Fort Until Percy Harvin Returns

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I have written a few times this offseason about how Golden Tate should be considered more than just a poor man’s Percy Harvin, and how that analogy isn’t quite airtight. The Seattle Seahawks paid a pretty penny for a luxury item in Harvin when they already had pretty nice gem on the roster who does some of the same things.

At the same time, utilizing the ample cap space this way was smart on GM John Schneider‘s part.

These two could totally coexist and both produce rather well in the same offense when budding star like Russell Wilson is delivering the passes, and I’m excited to see this day come. Until winter comes and Harvin recovers from hip surgery, the Seahawks are in great hands with Tate. The fourth-year receiver out of Notre Dame apparently feels the same way.

“I hadn’t had a discussion with the organization, or the coaching staff or anyone,” Tate told reporters a day after the Harvin surgery news had come out, via Pro Football Talk.  “I would assume that we are very similar players.  So the things that they intended on him to do, I’ll be more than happy to do that.”

Tate isn’t quite the electric force of Harvin, though who is? Harvin led the league with 8.7 yards after catch per reception last season, which is just kind of ridiculous; Tate wasn’t too shabby either at 6.1 yards, finishing just behind Julio Jones at eighth among receivers who played at least 50 percent of their team’s snaps.

Tate can surely make efficient use of the increase in looks and when Harvin comes back, the new addition will add a slot element that further electrifies this already-stacked Seattle offense for the stretch run.

Thomas Emerick is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEmerick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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