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July 26, 2008 1:21 PM

Position paper: Wide receiver

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks didn't sign a free-agent wide receiver in March, they didn't draft a rookie receiver in April and seven of the 11 wide receivers in training camp were on the team last season.

No need for introductions, really. Veteran Bryan Gilmore was signed before training camp started and there's a couple new faces like former Cougar Michael Bumpus, but for the most part, the Seahawks have a group of familiar names at the position:

Returning players New players
Bobby Engram (12) Joel Filani (1)
Nate Burleson (5) Michael Bumpus (R)
Ben Obomanu (2) Trent Shelton (1)
Courtney Taylor (1) Bryan Gilmore (8)
Jordan Kent (1)  
Logan Payne (1)  
Deion Branch (6)*  
*On physically unable to perform list


The competition is going to be tight for a spot on the roster. Because Branch's availability will be a question, the Seahawks might be inclined to have some padding on the roster at that position. In the past six years, they've started the season with as many as seven receivers on the roster and as few as five. Here's how the 53-man roster broke down at that position from 2002-2007.

Deion BranchDarrell JacksonDarrell Jackson
D.J. HackettBobby EngramBobby Engram
Nate BurlesonNate BurlesonJoe Jurevicius
Bobby EngramD.J. HackettD.J. Hackett
Ben ObomanuMaurice MannJerheme Urban
Courtney Taylor Alex Bannister
  Peter Warrick
Koren RobinsonKoren RobinsonKoren Robinson
Darrell JacksonDarrell JacksonDarrell Jackson
Bobby EngramBobby EngramBobby Engram
Alex BannisterAlex BannisterAlex Bannister
D.J. Hackett James Williams
Jerheme Urban  


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Posted by bigmaq

11:25 AM, Jul 27, 2008

Wasn't Branch on the roster in '06?

Posted by bespenson

1:09 PM, Jul 28, 2008

does Jordan Kent have any shot at all to play, or is he just a practice player, then out?

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