2006 Seahawks Player Analysis: The WRs

With the Seahawks' 2006 training camp just a few days away, Seahawks.NET will take a player-by-player look at the current roster over the next week. Everyone will be profiled, from future Hall-of-Famers to roleplayers on the bubble. We continue with the wide receivers.

Darrell Jackson
Ht/Wt: 6’0”/201 Yr: 7 Age: 27 Florida

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

FD

2005

SEA

6

6

38

482

12.7

48

3

4

2

29

CAREER

 

83

76

378

5489

14.5

80

37

79

19

254

Jackson’s 2005 wasn’t supposed to be like this. After registering career highs in yards and receptions in 2004 and amassing a total of 155 catches for 2,336 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2003 and 2004, Jackson was on the verge of moving from “1a” receiver status and joining the NFL’s elite. A series of minicamp holdouts didn’t seem to affect his game when the season began – he passed the 100-yard mark in two of his first four games – but he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee against the Washington Redskins on October 2nd and missed the next nine games. Seattle lost to Washington and fell to a 2-2 record, leaving the Seahawks faithful fearing another snakebit season. Little did they know that their team would not lose another meaningful game until the Super Bowl, due in great measure to the men who stepped up and replaced Jackson on the field.

2006 Outlook: Within his own smaller sample size in 2005, Jackson’s catch percentage speaks to the new reliability of the team’s receivers. Prorated, the numbers he put up in 2005 would most certainly put him in the upper echelon (101 catches/1,285 yards/12.7 avg./8 TD), and his is the most intriguing potential production when discussing what this offense might do for an encore.


Nate Burleson
Ht/Wt: 6’0”/192 Yr: 4 Age: 24 Nevada

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

FD

2005

MIN

12

9

30

328

10.9

20

1

1

0

20

CAREER

 

44

33

127

1789

14.1

68

12

22

5

87

Signed away from the Vikings in Episode Two of the Great Poison Pill Controversy of 2006, Burleson will replace Joe Jurevicius as a #2/slot option. Through his first minicamps as a Seahawk, the Seattle native and O’Dea High School grad seemed to develop an instinctive (and potentially productive) relationship with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

2006 Outlook: We don’t really know what we have in Burleson just yet. Is he the supremely productive youngster Minnesota saw in 2004, or the injury-prone disappointment of 2005? From a tools perspective, he’s closer to fine than most – he’s tough, persistent, and able to pick up the tough yards after the catch, a crucial component of Seattle ’s West Coast Offense. The general opinion seems to be that he’s in for a fairly huge rebound year in 2006.


Bobby Engram
Ht/Wt: 5’10”/188 Yr: 11 Age: 33 Penn State

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

FD

2005

SEA

13

13

67

778

11.6

56

3

7

1

43

CAREER

 

135

83

480

5764

12.0

79

28

61

9

318

Engram made a major switch in 2005 when he was asked by Mike Holmgren to move from the slot to split end after Koren Robinson was released. Although the move raised many questions – at 5’10” and 188 pounds, he was thought to be to small for the rigors of the position and too slow to get separation from elite cornerbacks – Engram silenced the doubters as he has always done. Through the first four games of the season, Engram nearly matched Jackson ’s production (27 catches to Jackson ’s 29, and 316 yards to Jackson ’s 376). Engram suffered cracked ribs in the Washington game – the same game that saw Jackson hurt – and missed the next three contests. It’s indicative of Engram’s toughness that his ribs were cracked the first time he was hit in that game, and he went on to catch 9 balls for 106 yards before leaving in the third quarter.

When he returned on November 6th against the Cardinals, Engram picked up where he left off, working in concert with Joe Jurevicius and a gaggle of under-the-radar receivers to help the offense find balance. He caught six passes per game in five of the next seven games, and led the team in receptions and yards for the season. He also provided extremely valuable consistency from season to season in catch percentage, tying for second in the NFL with Steve Smith and Darrell Jackson behind San Diego ’s Eric Parker at 71%.

2006 Outlook: Engram will be moving back to the slot as long as Jackson and Nate Burleson stay healthy, and Matt Hasselbeck will regain the use of one of the NFL’s best possession targets over the middle. From 2002 through 2004, 55 of Engram’s catches brought the Seahawks a first down on a third-down play.


Peter Warrick
Ht/Wt: 5’11”/195 Yr: 7 Age: 29 Florida State

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

FD

2005

SEA

13

5

11

180

16.4

42

0

4

1

6

CAREER

 

79

60

275

2991

10.9

77

18

38

3

153

As with Nate Burleson, the returns on Warrick aren’t exactly clear. The Bengals picked Warrick fourth overall in the 2000 draft, and his career has been a mixture of intriguing potential and catastrophic injury. Released by Cincinnati in August of 2005, he was signed by the Seahawks as a possible fourth or fifth receiver. Although Seattle’s corps of receivers was seemingly always in flux last season, Warrick never really made a dent. Once thought to be a sure All-Pro, Warrick has never amassed 1,000 yards in a single season.

2006 Outlook: At this point in his career, Warrick may be best utilized as a punt returner or reserve slot receiver. Coaches seem upbeat about his potential, but Warrick will have to fight a pretty severe uphill battle to see any significant playing time.


D.J. Hackett
Ht/Wt: 6’2”/199 Yr: 3 Age: 24 Colorado

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

FD

2005

SEA

13

3

28

400

14.3

47

2

5

2

17

CAREER

 

13

3

28

400

14.3

47

2

5

2

17

In 2005, we saw the first flashes of what D.J. Hackett might become. A reliable deep threat (especially when Jackson was hurt), Hackett caught passes of 47, 42, 38, 31 and 26 yards among his 28 total receptions. Could Hackett be the next receiver to explode on the scene for Seattle ?

2006 Outlook: Any serious starting time would have to be predicated on injuries to one of the top three, but Hackett provides an intriguing combination of size, speed and strength. You’ll hear a lot of hype about Peter Warrick as the #4 man in the Seahawks’ receiver corps during training camp, but don’t sleep on D.J. Hackett. In fact, buy the stock now.


Skyler Fulton
Ht/Wt: 6’1”/208 Yr: R Age: 24 Arizona State

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

FD

2005

N/A

0

0

0

0

---

0

0

0

0

0

CAREER

 

0

0

0

0

---

0

0

0

0

0

Fulton hails from Olympia and helped lead Capital High School to a state championship. Fulton has good hands, is acrobatic in traffic and runs well with the ball in his hands. He struggles to get off the line at times, he lacks the ideal strength to get off the jam, and he doesn’t have elite speed, although he isn’t a plodder either. He played very well in NFL Europe this spring and has a chance to make his presence felt this fall.

2006 Outlook: Fulton’s NFLEL experience could possibly be the difference-maker in who gets the sixth and final spot on the depth-chart at wide receiver. His ability to run after the catch is what will jump out at people and there is also a chance he could be used as a return man. Expect him to make it to the final cut and then he could have as good a chance as anyone at sticking.


Ben Obomanu
Ht/Wt: 6’1”/205 Yr: R Age: 22 
Auburn

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

2005

Auburn

12

12

33

357

10.8

21

5

n/a

n/a

CAREER

 

51

35

97

1313

13.5

68

18

n/a

n/a

Obomanu played significantly as a true freshman for Auburn and was a significant of the offense from the get-go. Obomanu has deceptive speed and sure hands. He also runs precise routes and has a big muscular body. Because he played for a highly successful program and in a conference ( SEC) that is loaded with athletic defensive backs, Obobanu has the needed experience to be a contributor at the pro level.

2006 Outlook: Could Obomanu be the next Taco Wallace -- a player that has the necessary talent to make it onto an NFL roster, but is mired on a very deep team? It’s hard to say right now. He’s got the same skill-set as Darrell Jackson, but it will take time for him to learn coverages and the Seahawks’ offensive system. Many said he was the best of a great group of receivers from Auburn, but he may have to try his hand on the practice squad this fall if he hopes to stick.


Taco Wallace
Ht/Wt: 6’0”/192 Yr: 3 Age: 25 Kansas State

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

FD

2005

GB

1

0

0

0

---

0

0

0

0

0

CAREER

 

4

0

0

0

---

0

0

0

0

0

After initially showing well during the preseason of his rookie year, Wallace never progressed as much as many insiders expected him to. Wallace has good size and is very talented, but it appears he may be the odd man out this August as he battles for a roster spot. He came to the Seahawks as a seventh-round draft choice and proceeded to be put on the practice squad his first three years. Good speed and underrated hands are offset by the fact that he is not a good route-runner.

2006 Outlook: For the past three years during August, it seems fans and coaches have been waiting for Wallace to take that next step. It hasn’t happened yet and, with the talent on hand at the wideout position, Wallace will likely be on the outside looking in when the final cutdown to 53 takes place.


Maurice Mann
Ht/Wt: 6’2”/185 Yr: R Age: 23 Nevada

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

FD

2005

MIA

0

0

0

0

---

0

0

0

0

0

CAREER

 

4

0

0

0

---

0

0

0

0

0

Apparently, Mann isn’t enough of an off-the-field problem to make the cut in Cincinnati. Mann was taken by the Bengals in the fifth-round in 2004, but he’s never made a regular season roster. He was a teammate of Nate Burleson at Nevada and has some of the same skills. His size is adequate and he’s a good downfield blocker, but his route-running (something Burleson excels at) needs a lot of work and he lacks that second gear to get deep on defenders.

2006 Outlook: It is tough to project Mann making the final squad, but if he can be a return man for the Hawks they may find a way to keep him. More than likely, Mann will use the exhibition season as a showcase to be picked up by another team.


Keenan Howry
Ht/Wt: 5’10”/173 Yr: R Age: 25 Oregon

RECEIVING

Year

Team

G

GS

No

Yards

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

FD

2005

Minnesota Vikings

4

0

0

0

---

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

 

23

1

3

18

6.0

8

0

0

0

1

After spending his first two seasons as a part-timer on the Minnesota Vikings roster, Howry returns to the Pacific Northwest to try his hand with the Seahawks after spending his college career in Eugene at the University of Oregon. He’s more quick than fast, but he has a second gear when the ball is in the air. His crisp routes make him an intriguing prospect in Seattle’s offense and he’s also a good punt-returner as well.

2006 Outlook: From a size perspective, Howry is almost a Bobby Engram clone. Can he make the final roster? It’s doubtful, but with a good showing in camp, he could get a callup next season.


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