On Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks signed second-year wide receiver Jordan Kent off their practice squad. To make room for Kent, the Seahawks released fellow second-year wide receiver Courtney Taylor.
Taylor is eligible to be signed to the practice squad once he clears waivers.
Kent led the Seahawks in receptions (11) and receiving touchdowns (2) during the 2008 preseason and made the team's 53-man roster at the end of training camp. He was active for the season opener at Buffalo, and saw significant action in the second half after Nate Burleson tore his ACL. Kent was released on 9/9, and re-signed to the practice squad the following day.
Despite being new to the game (he didn't begin playing football until his junior year of college), Kent possesses a skill-set that perhaps no other Seahawks receiver has. He's 6-4, 209 pounds, making him a natural threat in the red zone. Kent was also an All-American sprinter at the University of Oregon and is the only Seahawks receiver with the speed to stretch opposing defenses.
Taylor entered training camp with expectations of being the team's #4 wide receiver, but injuries to Deion Branch, Bobby Engram and Ben Obomanu thrust Taylor into the starting lineup.
In two starts, Taylor struggled to get open and produced just 4 receptions for 39 yards. In Week 3, Taylor was replaced in the starting lineup by Keary Colbert and was inactive for Sunday's loss against the New York Giants, perhaps foreshadowing that if a roster were going to be made at the wide receiver position, it was Taylor who would be the odd man out.
Brian McIntyre writes for Seahawks.Net and blogs about the NFL. You can reach him via e-mail by clicking here.
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