Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Potential WR Targets

Ha! Two years ago I was knee-deep in cake, now
I'm dominating the Cardinals!
The Seahawks have a mediocre wide receiving corps. There, I said it.

If the season were to start today, the depth chart looks like this: 1) Mike Williams, 2) Ben Obomanu, 3) Golden Tate, 4) Kris Durham, 5) Deon Butler. As fans, we have a tendency to fall in love with our players; we overlook some of their downfalls and say "but, but, don't you remember when he..." That's awesome and admirable, but let's look at the production. Mike Williams: 65 Receptions, 751 yards, 2 touchdowns. Obomanu: 30/494/4. Tate: 21/227/0. Butler: 36/385/4. Anything jump out at you?


Well, it shouldn't. Those aren't great numbers. Now, the QB play was poor, the playcalling was worse, and the youth factor can't be overlooked. No, Mike Williams is not particularly young (neither is Obo), but neither has a ton of experience in games. So, who might John Schneider and Pete Carroll turn to? In order of my personal preference:
  1. Steve Smith - NYG: Smith didn't put up stellar numbers last year either: 48/529/3, but those came in 9 games, not 12-16. The year prior: 107/1220/7. That's pretty good. Smith isn't a big guy, but he's one of the smartest WRs in the game, he's great at sensing space, and he's a sharp route runner from what I've seen. Add to it the fact that he played under Carroll in USC and his brother was just drafted by the Seahawks, and he might at least hear us out...
  2. Lance Moore - NO: You know what the Seahawks are lacking in that list above? A true slot receiver. Look no further than Lance Moore, one of the best slot guys in the game, albeit somewhat underrated by fans due to Drew Brees' propensity to spread the ball around. Few players in the game have better hands than Moore, and adding him would free up Mike Williams to be something closer to a true #1.
  3. Mike Sims-Walker - JAX: he's had some injury troubles and hasn't been the most consistent guy in the league, but Sims-Walker can dominate defenses when he's on. When he's not, he can play decoy well enough to open other players up, much like Mike Williams often did for Obo last year. Ultimately, I think he will be too expensive to bring in as a #2 guy, but if not, lets grab him.
  4. James Jones - GB: His talent is undeniable but good gravy has he failed to harness it. I don't know if it's just a mental block or what, but Jones should be one of those crazy talents that people wish they had on their team. Instead, he looks set to sign a relatively small contract outside of Green Bay. John Schneider had a hand in drafting him, and with Obo and Tate hopefully continuing their advancement as WRs, Jones could continue blowing his chances and it wouldn't be a big deal. The upside would be grabbing an elite WR for next to nothing. 
  5. Terrance Toliver - LSU: How about an undrafted free agent? How about a 6'5", 205 pound dude with good hands and an ability to get deep? Toliver isn't a great player today and he might never develop into one, but he's got the size that Pete and John love and knows how to use that size. It was a mini-surprise that he wasn't drafted (many had him graded between 3rd and 5th rounds). Throw him on the practice squad for a year and see if he can be coached up.
What do you guys think? Who would you love to see in Seahawk Blue? A few notable people I left off my list: Sidney Rice, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes (would be shocked if he didn't resign with Jets), Santana Moss, and Malcom Floyd. 

19 comments:

  1. Anyone up for some TO? The guy is so annoying and would probably be a distraction but you can't deny that he's still got talent. If Pete could get him to shut his trap I wouldn't mind bringing him in

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  2. I think that TO is not what we are looking for. I don't want our young WRs and all players for that matter to be in a locker room with him.

    Also, Sidney Rice is number 1 on my wishlist. He is the down the field presence we need. He is big, tall, fast, and has great hands. With BMW lining up opposite him with Tate (or Moore) in the slot. That is a nightmare for a Defensive Coordinator.

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  3. Is stokely not going to be back for sure?

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  4. TO tore his ACL so it's not even sure he'll play this year.
    Chris, what are your thoughts on a guy like Santana Moss? Or Jacoby Jones? Worth looking at?

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  5. Dave - TO is a no, not a "buy in" type of guy, and never has been.

    Anon - Stokley could be back, but as I discussed in another post, I think it's unlikely.

    Dan - I like Moss, but at 32 he's a stop-gap guy that I don't think Pete + Co are really looking for... that said, I think he could be the most successful of the free agents this year, just not sure we're going to pay him much mind.

    As for Jacoby Jones... don't think too much of him as a wide receiver, personally, and his KR/PR skills are less important to us than other teams because we have Leon Washington.

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  6. Chris, I've heard some murmurs here and there that Sidney Rice may be too expensive for us. What are your thoughts on that? Think we could maybe end up lucky and get him for semi-cheap?

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  7. Wyatt- I don't think that he will be cheap but for what he brings to the table I would not be opposed to spending big bucks to bring in a young guy like him in. Plus we need his hair to compete with Fitz.

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  8. That's how I feel too. The article I read said that we wouldn't want to spend a lot for just him, but I think it'd be a great idea. Him and Williams would be an awesome combo.

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  9. Yeah I totally agree, like I said earlier both them out wide would give DB's nightmares

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  10. hey Chris, nice to see you blogging again. I read through your first posts on here and was entertained so nice work.

    Steve Smith is super talented - great routs, great hands, smart - it would be great to have another guy like that on the team. It would be awesome if he wanted to come here.

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  11. My oh my seahawk addicts what a fall from grace.. Thank you Chris and keep up the good bloging

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  12. How does one write five sentences about James Jones and not once use the word "hands"? I'd have not thought it possible.

    -shams

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  13. "My oh my seahawk addicts what a fall from grace"

    Uh, grace? It was never 'grace'. It was what it was.

    -shams

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  14. Most people don't know... but they should

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXgmcmknK0c&feature=related

    - Hawksfan

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  15. Chris I hear the age deal with Santana but he's a true professional and a willing mentor...maybe that's what Tate needs to be around?

    I love the idea of Lance Moore but is he an "I'm In" type guy? He has never rubbed me that way, but would love to be told otherwise...

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  16. Sidney Rice would be great. Unless we end up wasting our entire budget on one receiver that is a bust and never pans out, thus dooming the team to years of decline because we can't go after anyone else. He would be great unless we end up wasting our money on a semi-good player that can't produce at all because he has no other pieces around him. He would also be great unless we spend too much on a guy that doesn't have a scheme that he flourishes in because the offensive line can't produce a running game or protect the quarterback long enough to get the receiver the ball... Not that Deion Branch fits any of those categories or anything.

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  17. Unless he comes really cheap, which he won't, I would be pretty wary about signing Smith. I'm sure he has talent but-while it isn't as bad as it is on a 300 pound lineman-microfracture surgery is always something that teams should be cautious about, especially when WRs do receive a lot of blows to the leg while they're in midair.

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  18. Hey Chris:
    One thing that Carroll and the Snyde have done is to clear up lots of cap room. They let Hooshe go and ate his salary cap last year. They didn't resign many of the free agents, including Hass. They seem to have anticipated how the free agent market will be this year and hit the mark.

    Now it seems that last year's 4th and 5th year guys will be unrestricted free agents this year with a short span of time in which to sign contracts. I look for the Hawks to be very active in free agency this year too.

    It will be a "buyers" market, and they have plenty of money to spend and lots of cap room. I don't expect them to spend that money on high priced guys, but I expect to see a WR or two, two or three DL guys, maybe a starting Left Guard, and a DB or two.

    I also think they will go for young, less expensive free agents who will start and add depth for a long time.

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