Rookie spotlight

After watching the tape from Day 1 of this weekend’s minicamp, Coach Pete Carroll said several rookies stood out in their first practice as professionals.

And none more than Golden Tate.

The wideout drafted in the second round out of Notre Dame shined all over the field on Friday, recording catches on deep balls, on short passes and even on a bullet throw near the sideline that he snagged with one-hand while diving to the ground.

“Golden made about six catches that were really, really cool,” Carroll said. “He’s an awesome ballplayer and really showed a lot yesterday.”

Carroll also said offensive tackle Russell Okung, thrown into the first unit from the opening snap, had a big first day — “he looked great,” Carroll said — along with fellow first-rounder Earl Thomas, a safety who’s also in the top unit from the onset.

“Earl can just fly out there,” the head coach said. “He was all over the place.”

Carroll added that he was also impressed with rookie safety Kam Chancellor and tight end Anthony McCoy during Friday’s workout.

Which of the first-year players will shine today? We’ll find out starting at 1:30 p.m.

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