Was T.O.'s debut against the Denver Broncos everything you expected, or did his performance leave you yearning for more?
Many feel his time has passed as a serviceable NFL wide receiver, yet some aren't willing to give up hope, as they think one more 1,000-yard season wouldn't be out of the question. Honestly, it probably won't be one of the two extremes.
If he makes the roster, a logical estimation would be 52 catches for 650 yards and six touchdowns. The amount of depth the Seahawks have at wideout doesn't make Owens any better than the No. 5 guy on the depth chart right now.
Given the fact he has had a late jump on building continuity with starting quarterback Matt Flynn makes catching on that much tougher.
His empty stat sheet doesn't say anything about his performance other than that he didn't catch a pass. Let's break down just exactly what happened on all five of his targets from Flynn.
Target No. 1: 1st-and-10, First Quarter, 13:23 left
The Seahawks didn't waste any time, as they tried to get him involved on the very first offensive play of the game. Seattle is in 11 personnel (one back, one tight end), and it has Owens lined up on the strong side of the formation in a one-on-one situation with cornerback Drayton Florence.
Again, Seattle looks to target Owens on first down. The Seahawks are in 21 personnel (two backs, one tight end) this time around, and T.O. is lined up at left wide receiver with cornerback Chris Harris in press man coverage.
Spacing on the route seemed sufficient, as he had the cornerback beat and in the trail position, not to mention the linebacker was a good three yards in front of him, taking him out of the equation because of his inability to get a deep enough drop.
It was obvious that the Seahawks wanted to work T.O. in on various personnel packages, as they tried to get him the ball out of these packages. On this play, they are in 10 personnel: four wide receivers and one running back. Owens is at the right wide receiver position for the first time in the game.
Target No. 4: 3rd-and-6, Second Quarter, 13:47
In a rare occurrence, it appeared as if Flynn and Owens were on the same page for the first time all night. The Seahawks offense is back in an 11 personnel set, but it uses a different variation than they used on the first target. T.O. is lined up at the right wide receiver position and is sent in motion for the first time.
Undoubtedly, Owens has looked rusty more than polished up to this point, but his last target seemed to spell out his night. The offense had its 21 personnel package on the field: two wideouts, two running backs and one tight end. T.O. is matched up against Harris, whom he had beaten on a slant route earlier.