Tate is “more than happy” to step into Harvin’s role

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With Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin gone until late in the season due to hip surgery, Golden Tate sees a possible silver lining.

For himself.

“I hadn’t had a discussion with the organization, or the coaching staff or anyone,” Tate told reporters on Wednesday.  “I would assume that we are very similar players.  So the things that they intended on him to do, I’ll be more than happy to do that. I want to get the ball anyway that I can and I want to try and make a play.  I feel like I am really similar to Percy [Harvin].  I feel that at any moment, I could make a big play; to boost us or give us a go-ahead score.  Whatever they need.  I’m excited; to get the opportunity to get more reps and help this offense.”

The optimism extends beyond Tate, according to Tate.

“We are not discouraged at all,” Tate said.  “We are still out here grinding, working. We’re going to see how great we can be. We think that we have everything we need to succeed and we are going to do that. . . .

“We have a lot of playmakers.  Then you look at defense. You throw a deep ball and Earl [Thomas] could run over and pick it off and take it for six.  Kam [Chancellor] could knock your head off.   Then you fumble and we pick it up.  So we are very excited, with or without Percy [Harvin].  We are all working hard and we’ll see how far we can go. But we are still confident in our play and everything.”

So, yes, the Seahawks won’t be as good as they would have been with Harvin.  But they’ll still be pretty good.  And Tate will get more chances to play.

31 responses to “Tate is “more than happy” to step into Harvin’s role

  1. Dude can RAC with the best of ’em. I’ll admit I scratched my head when I first heard of the Harvin acquisition, as Tate would seem to bring a lot of the same skillset to the table. But, never such a thing as ‘too many weapons’, right?

    I will say, though, that in terms of throwing the ball, Tate reminds me more of Lamar throwing the javelin in “Revenge of the Nerds”.

  2. Tate is simular to Harvin minus the speed and hands. But he is good. I’m sure he is “More then happy”

  3. as a Seahawks fan I’m very comfortable with the receiving core that we had last year. Anyone who is happy over the ‘Hawks losing Harvin needs to really think about how much better this team got from the offseason in spite of losing Harvin for a few months, as well as coveted draft picks. Seahawks still had a great draft

  4. Harvin is extremely good, of course, but when someone is hurt, it’s “next man up.” That is probably Tate and he will do well. And as much as we like the potential of Harvin, the Seahawks did exceptionally well without Percy Harvin last year.
    * 7-1 for the second half of the season (without Harvin)
    * 42.5 points per game for the last 10 games (without Harvin)
    * Scored over 40 points per game for 3 games in a row–first time in the NFL in more than a half century (without Harvin)
    * And without even saying the game, all I have to do is whisper it: 42-13 (without Harvin).

    Percy is very, very good. The Seahawks, even without Harvin, are still exceptional.

  5. You better believe with it being a contract year that Tate was secretly thrilled that Harvin got hurt.

  6. I dont understand for the life of me why anyone would think Harvin is dependable. Injury prone galore.If I was Seattle, id just take whatever I get from the talented man and always have a plan b, c, d and e

  7. More like the most underrated. Everyone looks at volume stats but Seattle WRs were among the most efficient in the NFL on a per target basis, they just didn’t receive many attempts because the Seahawks ran alot.

  8. “Then you fumble and we pick it up”. This actually made me laugh out loud.

    This guy might be good but he’s nowhere near the talent Percy Harvin is.

  9. All those fans who say Tate is delusional shows you don’t even watch football. He fights for the ball at its high point, has made multiple players miss for scores or big yards. Golden Tate averages 5.9 Yac. Perspective Tate vs a guy like Cobb who is 6.0 Yac. Clearly the Seahawk trolls all need to be put in check because their football knowledge is next to nothing.

  10. GenXJay says:
    Jul 31, 2013 5:50 PM
    if anyone can pull off the impossible, it would be Tate. (Nice catch against cheesebay)

    Maybe, but remember, he’s not going to have pseudo-refs helping him out all year this year.

  11. Except that DC’s wont have nightmares preparing for Tate, Say what you want about Harvin and yes migraines (in the past) have affected him but Tate shouldnt be mentioned within the same area code as Percy. He is a decent WR, but Harvin is streets ahead (see contract) even though the Hawks overpaid.

  12. “Tate will step up just like he did last year.Add to that the high expectations and a contract year and you have one dangerous playmaker”

    Yes, 101 catches and 1,297 yards in 3 years is really dangerous…he’s not quite a bust, but as a second round pick on a wr poor team, you’d expect a lot more..

  13. To all the experts who say Golden Tate sucks, put his name into YouTube. To all the nfl gm’s stay away from Golden Tate and take these idiots word on how much he sucks.

  14. If Tate could do what Harvin could do Harvin would not of been traded to Seattle. So tired hearing bout the overated seahawks. Miami beat them last year and skins would had if rg could of stayed healthy.

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