Golden Tate certainly hasn't had any problems attracting attention in a Seahawks uniform.
“He’s always shown a knack for making things happen,” said one daily team observer of the former Notre Dame wideout who has displayed an unmistakable flair while sharing the early spotlight in Seattle this season with rookie QB Russell Wilson.
Tate’s tenacious effort grappling for the ball in the endzone with Packers S M.D. Jennings on the instantly infamous final play of Seattle’s suspect Monday-night victory in Week Three over the Packers figures to be replayed repeatedly for a long time to come. Earlier in the same game, the wicked double move he put on Packers CB Tramon Williams on a 41-yard TD catch was equally picturesque — but not any less than his crushing fourth-quarter block on Cowboys LB Sean Lee the previous week that sprung Wilson on a 14-yard run and sent a clear message nationwide that this year’s Seahawks aren’t about to take any guff from anyone.
“He’s always made those kinds of plays in practice," the observer said. "It’s just been a case of him needing to make more plays in games and to be more consistent, which he’s just starting to do. As a rookie, he just kept getting hurt.”
On a team in which the top receiver the last two seasons has come completely out of the woodwork (reclamation project Mike Williams in 2010, undrafted rookie Doug Baldwin in 2011), could it be Tate’s turn to steal the show from more-heralded Seahawks receivers such as Baldwin and Sidney Rice?
“It really could be, now that he’s starting at split end,” the observer said. “The team has preferred those big guys like Williams at that position, but Tate plays bigger than he is. He’s definitely earned the spot.”
As for Baldwin, who was a revelation in the slot as a rookie, a hamstring injury before the season and a shoulder injury recently suffered in practice made him a relative nonfactor in the first three games.