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Monday in Hawkville: Golden Tate draws praise for his return skills

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Golden Tate led the Seahawks with five catches for 88 yards in the Seahawks’ 45-17 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday. But Tate also left coach Pete Carroll anticipating bigger things from him as the punt returner.

A recap of the events at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 23, or “Tell the Truth” Monday as the players reviewed Sunday’s 45-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars:

WORD OF THE DAY: GOLDEN

As in Golden Tate, the wide receiver who had five catches for 88 yards in Sunday’s 45-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. But also the Golden Tate who has become the punt returner this season.

After three games, the elusive and explosive Tate is averaging 11.2 yards on 10 returns, which ranks fifth in the league. But coach Pete Carroll sees bigger returns in Tate’s future.

“Golden is doing a tremendous job,” Carroll said during his weekly day-after Q&A session with the media. “He’s a tremendous catcher back there. He’s so confident.”

YOU DON'T SAY

“They took care of business. The best team in football.”

Former All-Pro safety Rodney Harrison, now an analyst for NBC on the network’s “Football Night in America”

And Tate is still learning the finer points of returning punts. He did it 16 times for a 12.6-yard average as a rookie in 2010, but had only one return the past two seasons when since-departed Leon Washington was handling the job.

“He still has some decisions to learn from, he still hasn’t been in all the situations yet,” Carroll said. “I really trust him. He’s got natural catching ability back there – his outfielder instincts and how to find the ball really shows up. He’s very good at it.”

With the chance to become special at it, as evidenced by the number of times Tate has come close to breaking a long one.

“That’s when you have the right guy back there, when everybody’s in anticipation something’s going to happen,” Carroll said. “And we really think it will. There’s no question in my mind he’s going to return some and he’s going to score a couple touchdowns.”

ROSTER MOVE: ROOKIE TACKLE SIGNED

Rookie tackle Caylin Hauptmann has been signed off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad, the club announced Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Hauptmann fills the spot on the 53-man roster that opened when Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. Hauptmann signed with the Browns as a free agent after the April NFL Draft.

INJURY UPDATES: RED BRYANT “SHOULD BE BACK”

Defensive end Red Bryant (back spasms) and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (sprained ankle) left Sunday’s game with injuries. But Carroll said Bryant “should be all right” and added that “we’ll see what happens” with Kearse, who was out of the protective boot on Monday that he was wearing when he left the locker room on Sunday.

Carroll also said that linebacker Malcolm Smith will be back this week after sitting out Sunday’s game with a hamstring that limited him in practice last week. In fact, Carroll said Smith could have played against the Jaguars.

ROOKIE WATCH: TACKLES, CHRISTINE MICHAEL STOOD OUT

With the lopsidedness of Sunday’s game, it gave the coaches an opportunity to take long looks at some of the younger backup players in the fourth quarter. Carroll was most impressed with the efforts of tackles Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey and running back Christine Michael.

STAT DU JOUR: RUSSELL WILSON A “10,” AND COUNTING

Russell Wilson became the fifth NFL quarterback since 1970 to win his first 10 home starts on Sunday. Here’s a look at the group the Seahawks’ second-year QB has joined:

Player, team  Consecutive wins (seasons)
Danny White, Cowboys 16 (1980-81)
Kurt Warner, Rams 15 (1999-2001)
Marc Bulger, Rams 14 (2002-04)
Doug Flutie, Bills 10 (1988-98)
Russell Wilson, Seahawks 10 (2012-present)

Michael, the team’s top pick in April’s NFL Draft, got his first NFL carries and had 37 yards on nine attempts. Most of it came with Bowie and Bailey at the tackle spots.

“Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie did very well, and Christine Michael,” Carroll said. “Those were the three guys that really jumped out. They had enough plays where you could see them and make some corrections.

“Both (tackles) came off the ball really well. They did fine in pass protection. A little raggedy at times in a couple of their sets, but they showed that they have the ability to play, and that’s all they’ve shown us through the preseason. So we’re really excited about them coming up, and concerned about the fact that they haven’t played very much. The background isn’t there, but the physical ability looks like it’s there.”

Bowie actually got more snaps. He stepped in at right tackle midway through the third quarter because starter Breno Giacomini was bothered by a sore knee.

UP NEXT: AN “OFF” DAY, AND A TRIP TO HOUSTON

The players have their “off” day on Tuesday, when the coaches will be compiling the game plan for Sunday’s game against the Texans in Houston. The team will leave for Houston on Friday after practice.

Tate will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop.

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