My story today focuses on the impact Notre Dame product Golden Tate had during Seattle’s post-draft minicamp last weekend.
Tate is an interesting prospect who compares favorably I think to Denver wide receiver Eddie Royal in terms of size and skill set.
They’re about the same size. Eddie Royal is 5-10, 180 pounds. Tate is 5-11, 195 pounds. And they’re about the same speed. Royal, who earned the nickname “Fast Eddie” while at Virginia Tech, ran a 4.39, 40-yard time at the combine in 2008, while Tate ran a 4.42 this year.
Royal also bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times. Tate pushed up 225 pounds 17 times.
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But the best comparison is the two’s ability to create big plays with the ball in their hands. They are both elusive, open-field runners who can create a big play from anywhere on the field, and expect Jeremy Bates to get the ball to Golden Tate in the open field similar to the way he got the ball to Royal two years ago.
Royal finished with 91 catches for 980 yards and five touchdowns for a 10.8 yard per catch average as a rookie in Jeremy Bates’ offense in 2008. Of course, the Broncos threw the ball about 70 percent of the time with Jay Cutler under center. Tate will be lucky to catch 50 balls as a rookie this season. I don’t think Seattle will throw nearly as much this season. But it’s interesting to note Royal’s production in Bates’ offense, pointing to the fact that Bates should have an understanding of how to get Tate the ball in similar situations.
Here are some highlights of how Bates used Royal in 2008.
And if you’re interested in seeing Tate in action last season, click here.
Will Brinson of AOL Fanhouse discusses the fantasy prospects of Tate and other Seattle players here.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com offers more details on Red Bryant’s conversion to defensive end.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reports that the Seahawks look much better in terms of depth than they did two weeks ago.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the safety Lawyer Milloy is embracing his new role as mentor.
ESPN’s Mike Sando reports that if the Seahawks decided to cut linebacker Leroy Hill to save that $6 million in salary, they could attempt to recover $1.6 million of his $2 million option bonus from this year.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King discusses the Vicodin case in New Orleans and Walter Jones’ legacy in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.