Is WR really an issue? A statistical comparison of UFA WRs.

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  • Yes WR is a problem Rice and Tate are good but they really don't have anything after that and what if one of them goes down . They really do have draft WR in the first or second round. Look at all th retreads they had to bring in last year. Were not going to win a SB with what we have.
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  • WR is really an issue because of Rice's injury history, new questions about doug baldwin's durability, and our lack of depth and size at the position.

    we're a little bad luck away from featuring obomanu and charlie martin as starting receivers in a 3 receiver set.

    no offense to those guys but you need more depth than we have at the position to win championship games.
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  • They will bring in a piece at WR, no doubt at least to add depth. In fact, I can see JS/PC trying to get better in every position, regardless of it's production. If Flynn ends up leaving, you can include backup QB to that list also.

    I love the WRs the Hawks have now, they work so hard to bring the ball down, but we can always use another one.
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  • Rice and Tate are the two guys IMO who are no brainers to keep.

    Baldwin is a toss up; if he can stay healthy and be more productive than last year he's good to go. Otherwise Tate is going to be your slot guy and you bring in another big guy to start opposite rice.

    Obomanu is going to be a FA after 2013 and I'm not sure he's productive enough to re-sign. If you cut him someone else will pick him up on waivers and I'm not sure how much you want to pay a special teams player.

    Martin/Kearse? Phil Bates? Who knows.
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  • A star WR in free agency is not mandatory, but it is the easiest solution. Getting a long term free agent TE who can help is unlikely, adding a rookie WR is more uncertain of a fix, as is a rookie TE, and adding a good player to the backfield is unlikely. The two receivers mentioned in the OP are quick and effective fixes.

    Either Wallace or Bowe gives the Seahawks offensive flexibility in going 4 wide when added to Baldwin, Tate, and Rice, and great depth in case of injury. That 4 wide with a single back or Miller on the end of the line would give Russell tons of playcalling options to isolate players. Bowe and Wallace are also decent blockers, so focusing on drops is kind of silly.

    Wilson is the best player on this offense, and with the defensive needs this team has I will be stunned if we don't make a play for either of these guys. I expect Jenning to go to Miami, I have already dismissed him from the list.
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  • SalishHawkFan wrote:
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    Hawken-Dazs wrote:Pete was very clear about bringing in help on the defensive line, but never mentioned once about bringing in more receiver help. Just something to think about.


    Actually, he said he wants to surround Wilson with more talent on offense. If you read between the lines, that means WR/TE.

    Funny, I don't read that between the lines at all. What I see between the lines are pretty craptacular linemen at pass pro. I think that's the talent Carroll wants to surround Wilson with on offense.

    We have the 5th best WR tandem in the NFL with Rice/Tate. You add a healthy Baldwin next season and this WR corps only needs a backup should Rice get hurt.

    We need a DT a DE a pass blocking lineman and a nickel slot CB. WR will come after the 3rd round because that's when they draft for depth and that's what we need at WR, depth. We've already got a great starting WR corps.

    But I'd take Welker if we could get him.


    I disagree (about what Carroll is inferring about surrounding Wilson with more talent) . . . but who knows. We definitely need to improve the pass protection, but does that mean drafting another OL in the first few rounds if they have the opportunity to snag a play maker? Doesn't make sense.

    We are thin at WR, no question - and it will be addressed, via free agency or in the draft. Where in the draft, I don't know. I have to think at some point they are going to want to pull the trigger early in the draft on an offensive skill player.
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  • WR is not a primary issue for us. Tate and Rice did quite good all year, and on top of that, we have Baldwin.

    I think we have defensive spots that need to be filled first.
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  • FYI as much as I'm saying it's an issue, my solution would be to draft a guy, not sign a pricey FA. we need that money to pay our own guys.
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  • Sgt. Largent wrote:
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    This thread wasn't about increasing targets... if you thought that, then you failed to see my point. My point is, paying at guy 6-8MM a year in UFA will not help this team as our WRs were just as productive with less targets.


    I think Pete and John think the same, which is why I'd be surprised if they went after a big name WR in free agency.

    But don't gloss over the fact that we do need WR depth. Yes our WR corp was productive this year, but that was because they remained healthy (for the most part), especially Tate and Rice.

    I guarantee you we'll be adding WR depth in the draft, as well as bringing in free agents for tryouts during camp.


    I agree with you 100%. We may add 2 WRs in the draft and 1 in FA and see what sticks. I just doubt it's a top end guy given the difference between our top guys and what is available.

    I could easily see us bring in a a guy like Ogletree or M.Massaquoi to compete.
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  • The Outfield wrote:WR is not a primary issue for us. Tate and Rice did quite good all year, and on top of that, we have Baldwin.

    I think we have defensive spots that need to be filled first.


    We need depth. It will be addressed. You look to improve from Obomanu, Martin and Kearse.
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  • FlyingGreg wrote:
    The Outfield wrote:WR is not a primary issue for us. Tate and Rice did quite good all year, and on top of that, we have Baldwin.

    I think we have defensive spots that need to be filled first.


    We need depth. It will be addressed. You look to improve from Obomanu, Martin and Kearse.

    Pete has explored adding big free agent guys every single year so far, and it just hasn't worked out. Yet. We have no reason to expect him to quit trying to find that experienced guy. B Marshall, V. Jackson, B Edwards, TO, Winslow... Pete wants that big experienced guy badly.
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  • Scottemojo wrote:
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    The Outfield wrote:WR is not a primary issue for us. Tate and Rice did quite good all year, and on top of that, we have Baldwin.

    I think we have defensive spots that need to be filled first.


    We need depth. It will be addressed. You look to improve from Obomanu, Martin and Kearse.

    Pete has explored adding big free agent guys every single year so far, and it just hasn't worked out. Yet. We have no reason to expect him to quit trying to find that experienced guy. B Marshall, V. Jackson, B Edwards, TO, Winslow... Pete wants that big experienced guy badly.


    How about an Anquan Boldin then? As they mentioned yesterday, he could be a cap casualty and not a Raven next year. Dude is a legit #1, clutch, proven. Would prefer Boldin over Wallace and Bowe. Not entirely sure how much $$ he would require though.
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  • GoHawks1212 wrote:
    Scottemojo wrote:
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    We need depth. It will be addressed. You look to improve from Obomanu, Martin and Kearse.

    Pete has explored adding big free agent guys every single year so far, and it just hasn't worked out. Yet. We have no reason to expect him to quit trying to find that experienced guy. B Marshall, V. Jackson, B Edwards, TO, Winslow... Pete wants that big experienced guy badly.


    How about an Anquan Boldin then? As they mentioned yesterday, he could be a cap casualty and not a Raven next year. Dude is a legit #1, clutch, proven. Would prefer Boldin over Wallace and Bowe. Not entirely sure how much $$ he would require though.

    If the price was right, I think they would get Boldin. He has some miles on him.
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  • Separation; this is the main reason I want John and Pete to pick up either Hopkins or Wheaton. Our WR aren't bad but we need one or two who can create more separation like Stokley could and Kearse is the only one that seemed to be able to do the separation thing. Another big possession type probably is needed as well but maybe a long pass catching TE like Ertz could be that guy? Either way, say we add a long possession type of WR, a separation gut and a big pass catching TE, holy crap does our offense suddenly look more explosive especially with Lynch and Wilson forcing defenses into the box to account for the inside outside zone running plays and scrambles from Wilson.
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  • Scottemojo wrote:
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    The Outfield wrote:WR is not a primary issue for us. Tate and Rice did quite good all year, and on top of that, we have Baldwin.

    I think we have defensive spots that need to be filled first.


    We need depth. It will be addressed. You look to improve from Obomanu, Martin and Kearse.

    Pete has explored adding big free agent guys every single year so far, and it just hasn't worked out. Yet. We have no reason to expect him to quit trying to find that experienced guy. B Marshall, V. Jackson, B Edwards, TO, Winslow... Pete wants that big experienced guy badly.


    Isn't that kind of what Sidney Rice is 6'4 and as many years under his belt as Bowe? Wallace certainly doesn't fit that bill. Bowe does, but at what cost? You get someone who is already as productive as what we have and pay him to eat into our future star's salary? Doesn't make sense to me. I think we'll continue to add through the draft while signing someone for depth for 2.5 MM per season who can compete.
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  • theENGLISHseahawk wrote:It's not a case of increasing targets IMO - more a case of improving the quality and making sure there's sufficient depth. Rice, Tate and Baldwin have all been injured. What if Rice goes down early next season? Do you want to rely on what you've got?

    They looked at T.O., Winslow and Edwards for a reason. I think they clearly feel there's room for another big target.



    I think as far as WR goes - as English just said - DEPTH is the biggest issue. I would be totally fine with 2012 Sidney Rice and Golden Tate being our #1 and #2 WR's. But once one of those guys goes down, it gets a little scary. I don't want to see Charlie Martin again.
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  • HUGGY
    ""I hate to bring up height on a Seahawks forum...but WR is not QB. Many of the clutch pass receptions in the NFL are with 6' 2" guys just as fast or faster draped all over you. Separation is easier in college..rare in the pros. Bailey's numbers look intoxicating but unless the guy can muster up a 4.2 40 he will never get the space in the NFL to match his college numbers.""

    "Bailey's complete skill set and very good speed are what help him stand out in a receiver class dominated by big-bodied playmakers and prototypical slashers. The wide receiver position at the NFL level is one of patience and development, but Bailey is built to contribute and play at a high level right off the bat. He has near-flawless hands, outstanding route-running ability and a knack for making the first defender miss. Few receivers are as efficient as Bailey when it comes to dropping weight and gathering at the top of a route, and his ability to create separation in tight spaces makes him a viable red zone target, as well. He's also plenty nasty as a blocker, and isn't afraid to mix it up with his opponent."
    Where Bailey loses points with scouts is his size (5'11", 195). He's also far from a go-up-and-get-it prospect (though he flashes the ability to win in jump-ball situations). Size doesn't equal physicality in Bailey's book, however, and his game tape reveals a receiver who is very good at fighting off initial jams at the line of scrimmage. It isn't easy to re-route Bailey, and it's even more difficult for defenders to get an initial hand on him. "Slippery" is a term often used to describe Bailey, and it's pretty fitting--dude looks like mercury on tape. Currently a fringe second/third rounder, Bailey's top-end speed and stylistic similarity to receivers like Greg Jennings (5-11, 198) should earn him plenty of attention during the pre-draft process."
    http://www.thephinsider.com/2013/1/29/3 ... man-bailey

    Also Bailey was Mr outside to Austin's Mr inside in the W. Virginia offense, and that's even with Austins elite speed. The only 40 time I can find online for Bailey is 4.49, but I'll be watching the combine #'s.
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  • I like Tate and Rice a lot, I think Martin, Kearse (no hands) and Obomanu are extremely average however and could be upgaded.
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  • I agree with one of the above posters. We have a few definate needs, but if a good WR fell to us in the draft, I can see PC/JS jumping on it.

    As English noted, our top 3 guys are good, but the only really durable one is Tate. Baldwin is an injury waiting to happen, and are we even really happy with our next option after Doug ? I can see us drafting to upgrade our depth....basically after Rice and Tate, I feel a decent mid round pick can upgrade everyone from Baldwin on down.

    The thing I don't like about our WR's is that they don't always win their individual matchups. Put an above average CB on Tate or Rice and they disappear. We need a guy you have to game plan against. A guy that actually creates mismatches; a guy you have to drop a safety over the top, thus creating mismatches all over the field.

    Is it a priority ? Maybe not outside of injury concerns, but there's definately room for improvement.
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  • lukerguy wrote:
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    We need depth. It will be addressed. You look to improve from Obomanu, Martin and Kearse.

    Pete has explored adding big free agent guys every single year so far, and it just hasn't worked out. Yet. We have no reason to expect him to quit trying to find that experienced guy. B Marshall, V. Jackson, B Edwards, TO, Winslow... Pete wants that big experienced guy badly.


    Isn't that kind of what Sidney Rice is 6'4 and as many years under his belt as Bowe? Wallace certainly doesn't fit that bill. Bowe does, but at what cost? You get someone who is already as productive as what we have and pay him to eat into our future star's salary? Doesn't make sense to me. I think we'll continue to add through the draft while signing someone for depth for 2.5 MM per season who can compete.

    No, that is not what Sidney is. Sidney is big enough, but his injury history is one of the reasons we have to get another guy. Rice isn't a tackle breaker like the other big guys they have tried to get.

    Wallace would be 2nd after Bowe on a Pete wish list. Wallace is a matchup issue for most teams. Bowe is a physical matchup problem for even our corners.
    Pete has gotten to see both players up close over the last three years, and that is going to be what he thinks of most when we scout them for free agency. Wallace just killed us in Pittsburgh in 2011, Browner couldn't cover him, and Bowe owned Trufant in 2010. Wallace fits what Wilson does, and Bowe fits what Pete wants.
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  • stats are great, but they only tell half the story.

    Sidney Rice is a rock solid WR, but he is very brittle. it was a MIRACLE that he lasted all season long, which is highly uncharacteristic of him.
    He will do fine as #1 WR, but he is not an elite option. He would be absolutely brilliant as a #2 though. He should be our version of Roddy White.

    Golden Tate is a slot guy, enough said. move this guy into the slot and he will do wonders.

    #1 WR is still a glaring need. We have nobody of Julio Jones / AJ Green / Andre Johnson / Megatron / Fitzgerald statue, a true burner and a huge red zone target, but we clearly need someone to complement Russell Wilson's natural talent as a passer.

    Doug Baldwin? I love him to death, but he is a depth guy, sort of like our version of Harry Douglas. if we want a Superbowl caliber team, we need elite playmakers.
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