Breaking Down the Seattle Seahawks Position-by-Position: Wide Receiver
Current Wide Receivers on the Seattle Seahawks' Roster
T.J Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, Deon Butler, Michael Bumpus, Mike Hass, Jordan Kent, Billy McMullen, Ben Obomanu, Logan Payne, and Courtney Taylor.
Last Season Examination
The Seahawks' wide receiver corps came into the season without star wide receiver Deion Branch. Then in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills they lost (then current No. 1 WR) Nate Burleson for the season with a torn ACL.
So then the Seahawks had to count on young, unproven wide receivers like Ben Obomanu, Logan Payne, Courtney Taylor, and Jordon Kent to keep the wide receivers corps alive.
One week later, the Seahawks lost Logan Payne to a torn ACL for the entire season, leaving the Seahawks with almost no wide receivers.
They made a few mid-season acquisitions to help out the wide receiver corps. They traded their fifth round pick to the Denver Broncos for WR Kerry Colbert, and signed Billy McMullen and Koren Robinson.
McMullen and Robinson had a solid season with the Seahawks. Robinson had a few problems staying healthy but managed to break a Seattle Seahawks' record for the longest pass play in Seahawks history.
Once Deion Branch came back in Week 11 he shined. In Week 14 vs. the New England Patriots, he had 88 yards receiving and two TD’s in a last minute loss to the Pats. Then again in Week 17 vs. the Arizona Cardinals he had 90 yards receiving and two TD’s in a loss to the Cards.
Branch finished the season with 30 receptions, 412 yards receiving, and four touchdown catches in just eight games.
Now in the offseason, the Seahawks made it a top priority to sign a top free agent WR. That’s exactly what they did when they signed T.J Houshmandzadeh to a five year, $40 million contract.
Houshmandzadeh immediately becomes the No. 1 wide receiver for Matt Hasselbeck. That wasn’t the only WR acquisition of the offseason for the Seahawks. They drafted speedy Penn State WR Deon Butler in the third round. Butler will do a lot of KR/PR and be the fourth WR to Hasselbeck.
Now the Seahawks have both Deion Branch and Nate Burleson healthy and both were at the last OTA camp. Mora expects both to shine in the big July minicamp along with Hasselbeck and T.J.
As T.J Houshmandzadeh put it during an interview after his contract press conference: “Me, Nate, and Deion, I'll probably say that we have the best wide receiver corps in the league, if we can all stay healthy”.
Here’s the interview and it’s the very first question http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMUHIKYnAAo&feature=related
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