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