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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Around the NFC West: Golden Tate shines

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Greg Johns of seattlepi.com continues to see good things from Seattle rookie receiver Golden Tate. Second-year receiver Deon Butler is another young wideout making a positive impression at camp. He worked with the starters Tuesday as Seattle continued to mix up its combinations. The Seahawks aren't handing jobs to legacy players, it appears. Butler, once considered a potential outsider after the team's coaching change, appears to be making inroads. Matt Hasselbeck on Tate: "Golden Tate just makes plays. I know they're on him to be a little more disciplined in his route running and attention to detail and those kinds of things, but he just makes plays. He's kind of electric once he gets the ball in his hands; it's always a good thing. He's got the stuff that's really hard to coach and the stuff that's coachable for everywhere he needs to get better, but that's a great thing and as a teammate he's been great."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Lawyer Milloy and Leroy Hill provided the biggest hits of practice Tuesday. That's no surprise. Milloy and Hill are the most violent tacklers on the team.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune checks in with Hasselbeck, who is looking and feeling good. Hasselbeck: "I feel great, actually. It’s probably the best I’ve felt soreness-wise in training camp. Usually training camp is synonymous with just being really sore. And I think we’re all really sore, but I don’t know. I don’t know if the offseason just prepared us for it, or if it’s the schedule or what. Or just adrenaline and excitement -- I don’t know. But I feel pretty good."

Also from Williams: Seattle likes what it sees from rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond, who is practicing once daily while finishing rehabilitation from serious knee surgery. Williams: "Team trainers have limited Thurmond to one practice a day, but so far he appears to have regained most of his quickness. Seahawks secondary coach Jerry Gray has put Thurmond in different situations on the field to test his mental makeup, and so far he has passed with flying colors, leaving Gray impressed with his ability to adjust on the run."

John Morgan of Field Gulls has this to say about Red Bryant: "Say what you will about the scheme viability of Red Bryant at end, the move has turned a busted prospect into a heck of a 3-4 style end. He has the quickness to achieve the corner and once there, it takes a powerful tackle to stop him from crashing the edge. Leverage held him back, but his mix of power and quickness plays on the edges."

Also from Morgan: David Hawthorne shows the pros and cons of aggressive coverage play.

More from Morgan: Charlie Whitehurst did some good things in practice Tuesday.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com checks in with Milloy, who might be enjoying a career rebirth. Gray: "When Pete (Carroll) and I sat down to watch tape of the Seahawks’ games from last season, I was like, 'He looks like the same guy I had in Buffalo.' Then Pete said, 'He looks like the same guy I had in New England.' There’s no drop off. Lawyer still does the same things -- he goes full speed, he competes, he goes after guys, he does what he needs to do in order to make this defense better."

Also from Farnsworth: Seattle players have Wednesday off from practices, an unusual move in the NFL.