Terrell Owens: Seahawks WR's Disappointing Debut Shouldn't Come as a Surprise

Austin GreenCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2012

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Terrell Owens looked lost in his preseason debut with the Seattle Seahawks, but anybody who expected him to make an immediate impact is simply delusional.

Not only is Owens 38 years old, but he hasn't played an NFL game since 2010, he had surgery on a torn ACL 16 months ago and his most recent competitive game was in something called the Indoor Football League.

Add in the fact that he signed with Seattle just over a week ago, and it shouldn't be surprising that he failed to catch a single pass in one half of action on Saturday. 

Owens and Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn clearly don't have any sort of chemistry yet, as they failed to connect on five tries. They were out of sync for most of the game and it looked like Owens actually ran the wrong route three of the times that Flynn targeted him.

Owens did have a chance to redeem himself, but he dropped a gorgeous 46-yard rocket from Flynn that would have resulted in a touchdown. After another unsuccessful attempt to hook up, Will Brinson of CBS Sports unleashed this gem of a stat.

Matt Flynn currently 4/9 for 27 yards. Terrell Owens has been target five times. Guess which five.

— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) August 19, 2012

Of course, it's fun (and really, really easy) to rip on Owens, but let's cut the guy some slack.

Owens is an NFL legend, but it would have been crazy to expect him to put on a show in his debut. He's old, recovering from health issues and he just met his new quarterback a few days ago.

Before we jump all over TO and call this signing a bust, let's give him a few weeks to get comfortable with his new surroundings. After that, if he still struggles like he did on Saturday, feel free to give him all the grief you want.