The Seattle Seahawks are hurting at wide receiver. Truth be told, they were never exactly enamored with their receiving corps in the first place, forcing the Seahawks to sign Terrell Owens late in the offseason. While Owens failed to make the opening week roster, head coach Pete Carroll said that he was impressive and did everything the team asked of him during Training Camp.
With injuries to Doug Baldwin and Braylon Edwards and Ben Obomanu, could the Seahawks be ready to make another move by bringing in Owens for the second time in 2012? It may not be looming, but it is not something that can be ruled out entirely either.
The Seahawks are 4-4 in 2012, but they are not out of the playoff race. Winning the NFC West seems unlikely, but earning a postseason berth with a wild card spot remains a possibility. In fact, Seattle’s next two games are against teams headed in the wrong direction in the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets. The Seahawks can win both of those contests. After their bye week, they play the Miami Dolphins, which is also a game that they can win.
Still, Seattle needs help on offense. Russell Wilson is a rookie quarterback who very few people would be the team’s starter after they signed Matt Flynn to a lucrative contract as a free agent this past offseason. But Wilson proved he was the better player who gave the team the better chance to win right now. Being able to hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch certainly helped, the the Seahawks are in desperate need of an upgrade at the wide receiver position.
The Seahawks rank 31st out of a possible 32 teams in passing yards per game. Wilson has struggled at times, but he just doesn’t possess the same weapons through the air as most other quarterbacks. You can not blame it all of his receivers, but it would not hurt to improve the position.
Sidney Rice has come on as of late and appears to be Wilson’s No. 1 target. he continues to become more involved in the passing game each week, making him a viable fantasy football play as long as he continues to receive the targets on a weekly basis. But after Rice, there is a huge drop off in production.
Golden Tate is the team’s second leading receiver, but is hit or miss. He is probably best served right now as the No. 3 or even No. 4 receiver. With injuries to Baldwin and Edwards and Obomanu, Seattle has leaned more on the tight ends and running backs as receiving options for Wilson, as they are used primarily as safety blankets for their young quarterback. That may be all well and good for now, but it will not be enough going forward.
Seattle may opt to bring back Owens to see if he can help them get back to the playoffs. They may also inquire into making a trade, such as with the Kansas City Chiefs for Dwayne Bowe. They may simply choose to promote a player from the practice squad in hopes that they can give the team a boost on offense.
Either way, the Seahawks will continue to struggle at offense if they do not do something about the issues that continue to plague them in the passing game.