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Golden Tate vs. Vincent Jackson

Golden Tate has been able to increase his receptions, yards, and touchdowns every season he has been in the league (2010-2012). Vincent Jackson, a 2nd round pick as well, was able to increase his receptions and yards his first 3 years (2005-2007) but came up short on touchdowns. The following table shows Tate's statistics vs. Jackson's statistics through their first 3 seasons.

Player

Year

Games

Starts

Rec

Yards

Y/R

TD

R/G

Y/G

Tate

1st

11

0

21

227

10.8

0

1.2

20.6

Jackson

1st

7

0

3

59

19.7

0

0.4

8.4

Tate

2nd

16

5

35

382

10.9

3

2.2

23.9

Jackson

2nd

16

7

27

453

16.8

6

1.7

28.3

Tate

3rd

15

15

45

688

15.3

7

3

45.9

Jackson

3rd

16

16

41

623

15.2

3

2.6

38.9

Tate

4th

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Jackson

4th

16

16

59

1098

18.6

7

3.7

68.6


As you can see, Tate had a much better rookie and 3rd year than Jackson had. Jackson had a better 2nd year but he also had Phillip Rivers throwing him the ball. If Tate didn't have Tavaris Jackson throwing him the ball than maybe he gets 71 more yards and 3 more touchdowns. Regardless, their stats are not significantly different through their first 3 years.

Jackson exploded in his 4th year with 59 receptions, 1098 yards and 7 touch downs. It is possible that Tate could have a Jacksonesque 4th year leading Seahawks' fans and Fantasy Football players who draft Tate in the late rounds to go crazy every Sunday.

With Percy Harvin demanding double teams on half the plays and Marshawn Lynch demanding 8 in the box on the other half, Tate is going to get a lot of 1 on 1 opportunities. If he can win his 1 on 1's more times than Sidney Rice and Zach Miller can win theirs, Tate can become the 3rd option on offense and 2nd option on passing plays.

Of course, the addition of Harvin, the emergence of Miller in last year's playoffs, and a finally worth $8.2 million a year Rice could mean less targets for Tate. This would certainly make his numbers trend down for the first time in his career.

With Russell Wilson improving in year 2 and Tate entering a contract year, I expect Tate's numbers to continue to trend up. Because I am a forever Seahawks optimist, I not only expect that these numbers trend up but that they take a Jackson type jump. Through his first 3 years, Tate is on the path to become the next Vincent Jackson.

Go Hawks!





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