Seattle Seahawks Wide Receivers: Who's the Odd Man Out?

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Seattle Seahawks Wide Receivers: Who's the Odd Man Out?
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Head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider sure do have a unique approach when it comes to the wide receiver position.

Their whole philosophy since arriving in Seattle has been to create competition at every position. An approach that has to be admired as it either brings out a player's absolute best or his absolute worst. But is the method effective and what type of long-term effect does it have on a club?

Many feel that long-term this approach could be detrimental to the team as it could slow a player's development and limit his repetitions. Younger players are more needy of the extra practice and preseason reps, while veterans who have "arrived" don't value them as much.

As the Seahawks enter their third week of training camp it's important to evaluate how all the practice and preseason playing time is being distributed.

 

Sidney Rice

Rice has been practicing for the first two weeks of camp, but has been limited to non-contact drills and a red jersey. The same red jersey quarterbacks wear.

It doesn't sounds as if he will play in Saturday's exhibition game against the Broncos, yet he should be ready to go once the regular season gets kicked off in Arizona.

Projected Depth Chart Position: No. 1, starting left wide receiver

 

Ben Obomanu

Obomanu saw plenty of action last season as a starter due to injuries among the wide receiver corp and is currently listed as a starter with Rice sidelined.

In terms of his status going forward, it's hard to tell where he stands as Seattle has brought in both Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens as veterans. The coaching staff could potentially view Obomanu the same way they viewed Mike Williams.

Projected Depth Chart Position: Cut

 

Golden Tate

Like Obomanu, Tate saw increased playing time due to injuries last season. He was fairly productive as the season came to a close. Over the final five games he recorded 20 receptions for 209 yards.

His uptick in play has given him the right to run with the starters as training camp presses on. In the preseason opener against the Titans, Tate caught one pass for two yards. Look for the continuity to continuously build between him and Matt Flynn.

Projected Depth Chart Position: No. 2, starting right wide receiver

 

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Doug Baldwin

Baldwin is currently battling through a sore hamstring that caused him to miss a week's worth of practice and the club's first preseason game. As of yesterday, he was back in action running with the first-team offense.

After a rock solid rookie season, expect Baldwin to man the slot once again this season.

Projected Depth Chart Position: No. 3, slot wide receiver

 

Deon Butler

Butler has been a full go during training camp practices this offseason and flashed a bit in the Seahawks victory over the Titans. But one has to wonder if this is the end of the road for the 2009 draft selection.

Carroll clearly has his guys, so it seems as if Butler will have to finish strong leading into the regular season. Does he deserve a roster spot over Kris Durham and Ricardo Lockette? Only time will tell.

Projected Depth Chart Position: Cut

 

Braylon Edwards

After a disappointing season with divisional rival San Francisco, Edwards is looking to bounce back in 2012. Currently, he has impressed the coaching staff with his strong work ethic and playmaking ability. It's a wonder why the Dolphins passed him up just a couple days prior to his signing.

Nevertheless, his presence was felt as Russell Wilson had no problem hooking up with him twice in the opener. One play went for a long touchdown and the other one showed really nice separation on Edwards' part.

Projected Depth Chart Position: No. 4

 

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Terrell Owens

What more can be said, but the T.O. reclamation project has begun. Owens has been out of football for the last year, but based on his impressive workout, he seems to still have "it." Whether or not "it" carries over into a roster spot remains to be seen.

One could expect him to see game action this weekend against the Broncos. It will probably come down to either him or Edwards for the final roster spot.

Projected Depth Chart Position: Cut

 

Kris Durham

Durham is an interesting player who was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. It's truly hard to know what you're getting with him as he only appeared in three regular season games before being placed on injured reserve. 

Even though he didn't catch a pass in the preseason opener, he did show some nice blocking ability on a few of Robert Turbin's runs. 

Projected Depth Chart Position: No. 6

 

Ricardo Lockette

A definite fan favorite of all Seahawk fans, Lockette appears to be in line for more playing time this year. He has been battling through some camp injuries, but once he gets back on the field I expect him to make his presence felt.

He showed some really nice playmaking ability last season. One of his two catches on the season was a 61-yard bomb from Tarvaris Jackson. 

Projected Depth Chart Position: No. 5

 

Drop a comment below and give me your predictions as to what the wide receiver corp will look like once the regular season starts.

 

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