Happy Independence Day folks. Hopefully you’re out spending some time with the family today, as I have been doing this week.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com pegs Seattle receiver Golden Tate as potential breakout candidate in the upcoming season after a solid 2013 campaign, even with the arrival of Percy Harvin. Tate finished second on the team in receptions, with a career-high 45 catches for 688 yards, and seven touchdowns.
Wesseling: “My first instinct in watching Tate's 2012 film was that a receiver-needy team such as the Baltimore Ravens should be looking into the viability of a trade considering the Seahawks’ depth at the position with Doug Baldwin as their fourth receiver. On second thought, though, it makes little sense for the contending Seahawks to part with an integral player. Tate could be re-signed next offseason while (Sidney) Rice's bloated salary is jettisoned.
The always-optimistic (Pete) Carroll still expects Tate to have "a huge year." Our guess is that Tate will fall short of 1,000 yards while still proving to be a valuable asset for the Seahawks.”
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 ESPN Seattle talk with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman about his celebrity softball event, which takes place this Sunday at Cheney Stadium here in Tacoma. Check out the audio link here. The conversation begins about 22 minutes in.
Stelton asks Sherman about being ranked No.50 on the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2013.
“It is what it is,” Sherman said about his No. 50 ranking on the list. “At the end of the day, you know what you did on the field, and you know what you do on the field. So you can’t worry too much about the rankings, or anybody’s opinion, because opinions are opinions and facts are facts.
“You go out there on the field and put a certain show, you put certain numbers out there, and that’s all you can do.”
And Grosby asked if guys in the media trying to bait him into saying something outrageous because of his outspoken nature.
“Yeah, sometimes their ignorance precedes them,” he said. “I mean they make it too easy for me. Sometimes you have to be the most intelligent person in the room, and that’s what it comes down to. There used to be great reporters out there who used to not just ask baiting questions. They used to actually have to create a story for themselves. But now they try to make it easy for themselves, and ask baiting questions.”
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle breaks down the Seahawks deep receiving group.
Dave Dameshek of NFL.com gives the NFC West the nod in his division-by-division All-Pro team breakdown. James Carpenter is an interesting name that appears on his All-NFC West division list.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports provides a nice training camp previews of the Seahawks here.
Seahawks receiver Charly Martin is hosting a free football camp back in his hometown of Farmington, New Mexico.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland uses some advanced metrics to predict what teams may slide in 2013 (think Colts and Vikings).