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June 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Morning kickoff — Can Tate pick up where he left off with Harvin aboard?

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Our paper today featured this story on Golden Tate and his maturation the second half of last season.

As the story notes, Tate was the team’s leading receiver over the last nine games of the 2012 season, which was also when the offense really began to take off with the 28-24 loss at Detroit that followed the 13-6 loss to the 49ers.

Here’s the chart that details Tate’s emergence, comparing the stats of the team’s leading four receivers during that final nine-game span:

Golden Tate — 32 receptions, 497 yards, 4 touchdowns

Sidney Rice — 28 receptions, 436 yards, 5 touchdowns

Zach Miller — 24 receptions, 217 yards, 3 touchdowns

Doug Baldwin — 18 receptions, 217 yards, 2 touchdowns

Tate says the light may simply have finally gone on for him the second half of the season.

“A lot of people say the third year is kind of when it clicks, I guess, and I guess it just clicked my third year,” he said.

As the story also notes, Tate thinks he and the rest of the receivers will be able to co-exist just fine with new acquisition Percy Harvin.

“I like the way the offense is playing out to use him,” Tate said. “I still think we are kind of in the learning phase of the off-season and I think once camp comes we will really see how we are planning to use Percy, Sidney (Rice), myself, (Jermaine) Kearse, Doug (Baldwin), Marshawn (Lynch), Zach Miller. Right now we are  just trying to get better.I’m excited to learn from (Harvin) and be around him. Coming out of high school and college I definitely wanted to play like Percy, so to see him here, I ask him questions any time and I help him out, also.”

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Speaking of receivers, this NFL.com story rates Harvin No. 8 and Rice No. 32 among NFL pass catchers;

— The National Football Post cites Russell Wilson as an example of a good third-round pick;

— USA Today “investigates” whether Wilson really threw a 98-mile an hour first pitch Friday.

 

 

 

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