"Going through (training) camp, [Golden Tate] was still a little bit behind, doing things right and trying to clean his game up," coach Pete Carroll said. "He's working real hard at it, and he's going to get it done. It's not far away, but he did show. He did show the stuff that we've seen all throughout camp.
"He can make plays. He can make things happen."
Tate did just that. His 52-yard catch was Seattle's longest play from scrimmage this season. The Seahawks had only one longer reception all of last year — a 53-yard pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Tate's first opportunity came as a punt returner after fellow rookie Walter Thurmond muffed a punt in the first quarter inside the Seattle 20.
"I just dropped it," Thurmond said.
Carroll made a switch, inserting Tate instead of forcing Thurmond to try and block out the memory of that first failed return.
"It's hard enough doing it early on as a first-time guy, anyway," Carroll said.
Tate got the next opportunity and he made the most of it, his 63-yard return setting up Seattle's first touchdown. And after Sunday's performance, don't expect to wait another six quarters before he touches the ball again.
"We'll figure out how to make him a part of the offense and really in the kicking game as well as much as we can," Carroll said.