sutz wrote:I'll be honest, I really didn't know about Tate. But I did know that it takes a couple of years sometimes, especially for WRs, for a player to really start to click in the NFL. So, over the last couple of seasons, I've been one of those who was always saying, "Be a little patient, give him some time." I was scoffed and told I didn't know what I was talking about. He was a bust. It was taking too long. Like I said above, I really didn't know what I was talking about, except that I don't tend to have a quick trigger in situations like this. Maybe because I've seen too many players succeed on other teams after being drafted and released here.
Well, I'm glad that Pete was patient. It looks like GT is developing into something kind of special.
My exact sentiment. I remember Pete talking about him when they drafted him saying that he played bigger than his size, fought for the ball and had the moves with the ball.
This season, he appears to be A LOT more comfortable. He wants the score and wants it bad. That WR screen is something the Hawks need to be careful with, but they seem to be using it well and with Tate it seems like an automatic 8 yard minimum. I actually was somewhat concerned about the WR position when the season started, not with Rice, but with the rest and Tate has turned into a threat from all downs and distances. It is giving Rice a lot more deep looks too.
I also like the "GT" reference. That is a pretty sweet pair of initials to have as a rapidly growing NFL scorer.