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January 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Golden Tate: “I think it’s going to be fun to go against one of the best cornerbacks to play the game”

Here is some video and quotes from Seattle receiver Golden Tate today as he talked about going up against Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, the impact of the return of Percy Harvin, and more. Video below, and then some quotes after that:

(on Denver’s offense taking on Seattle’s defense) “Like I said, it’s no secret. The number one defense (is) going against the number one offense. That’s going to be a battle right there. I’m excited to watch that, but in order for either team to win the game you’re going to need offense, defense and special teams.”

(on playing at the Giants’ facilities and what they were like) “It’s a really nice facility. The food is great (and) the field was awesome. The locker room was nice. (Their locker room) is very similar to ours. I felt comfortable being able to break loose. We had a great day of practice. The turf that we’re practicing on is the same turf that we’re going to play on, so I’m trying to get my footing down correctly and get ready to play.”

(on the best thing about playing with a quarterback of Russell Wilson’s caliber) “The best thing is (that) not all the time you’re going to be open (and) sometimes the defense is going to guess correctly and have the right coverage, but he can extend the play with his legs and at that point for me it’s kind of like playing backyard football. (You just have to) find a way to get open. That’s one thing I really like. Although we call one play, it can turn into another play because he’s so blessed in the way he can scramble and run around. I would say that.”

(on if he was skeptical the first time he saw quarterback Russell Wilson) “I definitely thought he was smaller than other quarterbacks, but I’m smaller than most receivers, so I can feel him. Us little people, we take a lot of pride, so I had no doubt that he could do it. He’s proven every single day, every single week that he can. He’s a great player. I’m happy for him (and I’m) growing with him. That says a lot about him. To help carry a team to a Super Bowl as a second-year player and be minutes away or 30 seconds away from an NFC Championship last year, that says a lot about him. I’m excited for him. He’s just going to keep getting better because mentally, he never feels like he has it. He’s chasing greatness and that’s something that I feel like is contagious. Guys see that. You see it’s possible to get better every single day and I think that’s one thing that even though we’re at the last game of the season, we’re working every day to get better. It starts with guys like Russell and (free safety) Earl (Thomas) and (strong safety) Cam (Chancellor) and (cornerback) Richard (Sherman).”

(on having wide receiver Percy Harvin return to the lineup for the Super Bowl) “I think it’s huge. I really admire the way he plays the game. He’s had some tough breaks this year, but at the end of the day he’s had a positive attitude, staying positive. He’s ready to go. I’m excited to have him back on the field. He brings another whole dimension to this offense and to special teams. (He is) just another weapon on this offense, another playmaker (and) another guy who can break the game at any point. I feel like on this team, we have playmakers all over the place: (quarterback) Russell (Wilson), myself, “Beast Mode” (running back Marshawn Lynch), (wide receiver) Percy (Harvin) (and tight end) Zach (Miller). On the other side of the ball, you’ve got (strong safety) Cam (Chancellor), (free safety) Earl (Thomas), (cornerback) Richard (Sherman), (cornerback) Byron Maxwell is showing up, (linebacker) Bobby Wagner. We have guys that can make plays all day.”

(on facing off against Denver’s defense) “Me personally, I don’t take anyone lightly, whether you have great stats or no stats. I give all of my opponents an equal amount of respect. I think it’s going to be fun to go against one of the best cornerbacks to play the game, Champ Bailey. I really admire how he plays the game. I think it’s going to be a great challenge (and) a great battle. I’m excited. It doesn’t (get) any better than to go against one of the best, in the Super Bowl (and) on a stage like that.”

(on if he feels that Seattle’s offense is a bit overlooked) “No, not really. At the end of the day, in order to win they’re going to need offense, defense and special teams. Like I said earlier, it’s no secret that the number one offense is going against the number one defense. That’s going to draw attention naturally. I’m excited to watch it myself. I can only worry about what I can control. I can control how I practice this week. I can control how I play on Sunday and I’m just going to leave it all on the field.”

(on the game-winning catch last season against Green Bay and what that did for his confidence moving forward) “Yeah. For me, last year was my first year starting on this team. I think the previous week I had a big hit that gave us some momentum and then the next week I had the game-winning catch, so I definitely think it helped my confidence. It was a boost. A ‘welcome to the NFL.’ Ever since then I’ve just been trying to get better every single day (and) every single week. I think this year’s stats are better than last year’s stats and hopefully next year’s stats will be better than this year’s stats and so on. I just want to keep progressing as a player and keep proving that I can consistently help this team and make big plays.”

(on how the addition of wide receiver Percy Harvin affects the rest of the Seahawks receivers) “I think he’s going to do a great job opening it up for us. He’s a big time receiver. If you put anyone less than a cornerback on him, they might get ran by. He’s going to open it up for (wide receiver) Doug (Baldwin) and I and also (wide receiver Jermaine) Kearse. I expect him to make some big plays. I’ll say it, I’m more excited to see him on kickoff return. Last time he had a kick return he took it like 58 yards, so I’m excited to see him. I feel like he’s going to help open it up for us.”

(on the advantages and disadvantages of the lack of Super Bowl experience on the Seahawks roster) “For us, at the end of the day, it’s just another game. The stage is a little higher, but we’re still practicing the same. It’s still going to be another football (and) 100 yards at the end of the day. I feel like once kickoff comes and we kick the ball off, it’s just another game. I know last week I came into the NFC Championship like, ‘Oh, wow. This is the NFC Championship,’ and (I) didn’t know what to expect. But when we kick the ball, off it’s just football. It’s the same thing that I’ve been doing since I was a young fella. I don’t think (the lack of Super Bowl experience on the Seattle roster is) going to benefit (us) or not. I don’t think it’s going to be a problem at all.”

(on how practice has been affected with the installation of this week’s game plan occurring last week) “I’m personally happy that we installed the game plan last week because we didn’t have very many distractions. We were able to focus-in and really pay attention to the assignment and didn’t worry about the media or the schedule being different. We were just doing what we were doing and staying in a routine and now that we’re here, we know what to expect. We know the game plan, so now we just need to pay attention to detail. Like I said earlier, there’s a lot of distractions with the media and the different activities going on. We’re not at home practicing.”

(on the key to staying focused amongst all of these distractions) “I think the key to staying focused for me is just (that) I’ve taken care of all my tickets, all my family and I’ve talked to guys in the past and they said that’s probably the most stressful part, the toughest part to deal with. I’m pretty good; when I’m at the facility, I’m dialed-in and ready to go. Now I can kind of loosen up and enjoy it a little bit.”

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