Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE
Owens' eyes show he didn't look this ball into his hands.
While not guaranteed a roster spot, these are the players whom I believe will make the final roster. With three spots already spoken for, there are at least three more vacancies available.
There is a chance the Seahawks' final 53-man roster contains just two quarterbacks or three running backs and a fullback. If so, Seattle could keep a seventh receiver or a fourth tight end...or both.
For now, these projections are based on keeping six receivers.
Yes, he had a tough game in Denver. He and Flynn weren't on the same page on at least one throw, and Owens dropped a perfectly thrown touchdown pass that landed right in his hands.
But Owens hasn't played in an NFL game in 20 months. He needs some time to get back in football mode, and the Seahawks will give it to him.
There were two positives I saw in Owens in the game against the Broncos. First, he can bring the slant pass back to the Seahawks. With the right receiver, quick slants can turn into big gains, and they can be effective in the face of a heavy pass rush.
Owens showed he still has the skill set to get open and gain yards after the catch.
Despite the protection issues the Seahawks have had in recent seasons, they didn't have a quarterback or receiver they seemed to trust with quick slants. I thought they would be a staple for Tate, but they haven't been.
The other positive was Owens still moves like a starting NFL wide receiver. He makes quick, smooth cuts and can separate from cornerbacks. He even got free deep.
Owens needs to catch the ball, but those who have watched Owens enough know he's prone to drop some very catchable passes.
Fans should expect more balls being pressed to Owens in Kansas City.
NFL pundits have been quick to write off Butler. I've been guilty of it as well, as the Seahawks have shown an inclination for the bigger targets.
But when given the chance, Butler continues to produce. He was given time with the first-team offense against the Broncos, and he had three receptions for 16 yards on three targets.
There have been a lot of comments that the Seahawks need to choose between Owens and Edwards. I'm not of the mind that both players can't make the final roster, though.
Seattle could use some experience at the receiver positions, but more importantly, they need talent. Players who looked like promising prospects aren't panning out, and Seattle needs security if Sidney Rice misses games for the fifth time in six seasons.
Prior to seeing both Edwards and Owens on the field, it seemed plausible that one of them would be cut. But both players are showing the explosiveness that made them threats in the passing game at one point in their careers.
Edwards will also be paid half of what Ben Obomanu is scheduled to earn in 2012, and there isn't a measurable age difference.
Seattle has worked on incorporating Edwards into the game while Obomanu has no catches and just one target in two games.