He's healthy. He's the subject of a lot of positive talk in Seattle about his development. Now, he just has to beat out Braylon Edwards for the starting split end job.
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Tate was widely viewed as the favorite for the gig. One report suggested that Tate was "toying" with cornerbacks. He professed a change in attitude.
"I never had to work for my position; it was always given to me," Tate said via The News Tribune. "I was always more athletic, so for the first time ever I felt like I had to work. It wasn't given to me."
It's not going to be given to him this year, either. All the positive talk is about Tate, but Seattle's signing says more than all the puff pieces combined.
"With the release of Mike Williams -- who's a bigger, stronger receiver -- we felt like there might be a little bit of a gap there, and (we were thinking), 'Let's give this guy a shot and bring him in,'" general manager John Schneider said.