High expectations for Golden Tate: Pete Carroll again singled out second-year receiver Golden Tate as a player he’s expecting to have a breakout year in 2011.
Tate finished with only 21 catches in his rookie season. Tate made some jaw-dropping plays at practice during training camp and the early part of the regular season, but he struggled with running precise routes and making the proper reads in order to get regular playing time.
But Carroll believes Tate should see the field more in 2011, particularly in third-down situations as the slot receiver, similar to how Brandon Stokley was used last season.
That’s an interesting development because Stokley worked with Tate a lot after practice on improving his route running in his rookie season.
Stokley was 14th in the league in percentage of catches for first downs in 2010, with 23 of his 31 catches moving the chains.
“There’s nothing that we would like to see more than to elevate Golden’s effectiveness,” Carroll said. “We just didn’t get him over the hump last year, and we need to do that. He’ll be in position to take over a huge role for us.”