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Who's the Seattle WR to jump on? (1 Viewer)

eddie077

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With Branch, Engram, Robinson, Morris etc supposedly coming back after the bye week.

Which Seahawk is the one to grab now and be the most productive going forward?

 
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Is it a big difference from one to the other?

Who will Hass use more with both in the lineup??

Is there any history of this situation maybe from last season?

 
Is it a big difference from one to the other?Who will Hass use more with both in the lineup??Is there any history of this situation maybe from last season?
Tough to call. I don't think there's enough history with both Branch & Engram in the lineup together to see if there's a real bias to one or the other. What I recall seeing with Hasselbeck is a seasoned QB that will hit the open guy. Both Branch and Engram have the ability to get open, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a fairly even distribution of targets.The big question will be how each WR will come back from their injury. Does Branch still have the quickness coming out of his breaks? Will Engram, who makes his living over the middle, have lingering issues with his shoulder? Can he take the big hit?The real winner here is Hasselbeck. I think you can bump him back up into top 10 area, now that he has some NFL receivers to catch the ball.
 
Refresh my memory on what their injuries were again? Branch -- Knee, ACL? Engram -- Shoulder, Dislocated?

Both of these guys are available for me to pickup and I only have one roster spot available, I would like to make it count. I would think that a knee injury is more difficult to come back from (especially if it was serious) as opposed to a shoulder injury.

TIA

 
PPR: Engramnon-PPR: Branch
:hot: Think a poor man's 2007 Moss/Welker duo.
I'm not sure about this. I can make the Welker/Engram leap easily, they're both similar players, running short and intermediate routes with a knack for getting open. Moss/Branch? No, I don't see that at all. Branch is not a vertical threat. He doesn't have elite speed, but gets separation using his excellent quickness out of his breaks and running good routes. He won't beat double teams. He can be taken out of a game, if the opposition wants to. Branch is a good receiver, but not a typical #1, you gotta gameplan for, type or WR. I see Branch being productive, but he'll need to have fully recovered from his ACL injury and regained quickness and ability to cut. If he's slowed or tentative, he is too small and too slow to threaten a defense.
 
I've posted a lot of news in a similar thread from the local beat writers, but I'll give my opinion here.

I'm going to have to go with Branch if he's fully healthy. Engram's numbers last year were inflated because of injuries to Branch and Hackett. His 2007 season was an aberration when viewed objectively. That said, 2008 could be similar if Branch isn't ready to go.

The flanker in the Seattle offense has traditionally been the #1 option in the passing game. Darrell Jackson put up huge numbers for years and he wasn't anything special as an individual talent. That will be Branch is he's healthy. Holmgren and Hasselbeck have consistently stated that they want to keep Engram in the #3 slot position because that's were he excels.

I'll be curious to see who lines up at split end. Right now my guess is they will release Robinson and slide McMullen over to SE. He's been the new guy that has received the best press clippings and impressed the team the most.

 
i could have sworn i saw a week 5 waiver wire thread in this forum with engram/branch being talked about and now i can't find it...i feel like i'm going insane.

 
PPR: Engramnon-PPR: Branch
:popcorn: Think a poor man's 2007 Moss/Welker duo.
I'm not sure about this. I can make the Welker/Engram leap easily, they're both similar players, running short and intermediate routes with a knack for getting open. Moss/Branch? No, I don't see that at all. Branch is not a vertical threat. He doesn't have elite speed, but gets separation using his excellent quickness out of his breaks and running good routes. He won't beat double teams. He can be taken out of a game, if the opposition wants to. Branch is a good receiver, but not a typical #1, you gotta gameplan for, type or WR. I see Branch being productive, but he'll need to have fully recovered from his ACL injury and regained quickness and ability to cut. If he's slowed or tentative, he is too small and too slow to threaten a defense.
Branch isn't good enough to be THE GUY (like Moss), but he's one of those receivers that can thrive opposite another quality WR- that's why he was a former Patriots super bowl MVP. He's in no way a 1:1 comparison to Moss (hence the poor man comment), but he can get yards after the catch and can run decent routes. He may not be as quick as DJ Hackett was, but he's still more than capable of being a 100-yd + 1 TD performer on a given week given the offense and being paired with Engram (assuming of course that his recovery from surgery doesn't backfire).
 
PPR: Engramnon-PPR: Branch
:) Think a poor man's 2007 Moss/Welker duo.
I'm not sure about this. I can make the Welker/Engram leap easily, they're both similar players, running short and intermediate routes with a knack for getting open. Moss/Branch? No, I don't see that at all. Branch is not a vertical threat. He doesn't have elite speed, but gets separation using his excellent quickness out of his breaks and running good routes. He won't beat double teams. He can be taken out of a game, if the opposition wants to. Branch is a good receiver, but not a typical #1, you gotta gameplan for, type or WR. I see Branch being productive, but he'll need to have fully recovered from his ACL injury and regained quickness and ability to cut. If he's slowed or tentative, he is too small and too slow to threaten a defense.
Yeah. The Welker / Engram link is solid since both guys rely on their smarts and their good route-running as opposed to incredible raw talent.Branch isn't in the same universe as Moss, though. Moss is a lot taller, a lot faster, and has a lot better verticle leap.
 
LINK

Here's the morning bit from the Tacoma News Tribune (TNT), but I have a hard time buying it. Eric Williams (the author) is not the TNT Seahawks beat writer on staff. He does a "morning links" bit for the blog. Time will tell, but I think he's off base in trying to name Engram the flanker and Branch the split end. If you follow the link and read the local readers comments others have already pointed out that they believe this is wrong.

Hawks now have depth at WR

Posted by Eric Williams @ 06:21:00 am

With the return of Deion Branch and Bobby Engram, Seattle coach Mike Holmgren has a good problem of too many bodies at wide receiver.

By the end of the week he'll have to decide if Branch and Engram are healthy enough to play, and if so, how to use those veteran receivers in a rotation along with the other guys in a package that gives the team the best chance to win.

If Branch is healthy, he seems the most likely person to start at split end. And if Engram can go, he'd be the most likely person to play flanker. Engram could then slide inside to play slot during three-receiver sets, with Keary Colbert filling in at flanker.

However, both Billy McMullen and Michael Bumpus have made plays early in the season and deserve some time as well. Add Koren Robinson and Courtney Taylor to the mix, and it will be interesting to see what kind of rotation Holmgren comes up with.
 
PPR: Engramnon-PPR: Branch
:thumbup: Think a poor man's 2007 Moss/Welker duo.
I'm not sure about this. I can make the Welker/Engram leap easily, they're both similar players, running short and intermediate routes with a knack for getting open. Moss/Branch? No, I don't see that at all. Branch is not a vertical threat. He doesn't have elite speed, but gets separation using his excellent quickness out of his breaks and running good routes. He won't beat double teams. He can be taken out of a game, if the opposition wants to. Branch is a good receiver, but not a typical #1, you gotta gameplan for, type or WR. I see Branch being productive, but he'll need to have fully recovered from his ACL injury and regained quickness and ability to cut. If he's slowed or tentative, he is too small and too slow to threaten a defense.
Branch isn't good enough to be THE GUY (like Moss), but he's one of those receivers that can thrive opposite another quality WR- that's why he was a former Patriots super bowl MVP. He's in no way a 1:1 comparison to Moss (hence the poor man comment), but he can get yards after the catch and can run decent routes. He may not be as quick as DJ Hackett was, but he's still more than capable of being a 100-yd + 1 TD performer on a given week given the offense and being paired with Engram (assuming of course that his recovery from surgery doesn't backfire).
I agree that he is a good receiver that can thrive in the right situation, don't get me wrong.The Moss/Welker comparison falls short for me mostly because of the impact that having Moss on the field had on the defense and particularly on the coverages that Welker saw. A fair amount of Welker's productivity can be attributed to the fact that Moss drew coverage, especially deep safety coverage, leaving the middle open for Welker. Branch can be productive if left in single coverage, but by and large teams aren't afraid of Branch beating them if they don't roll coverage to Branch every play. Anyway, its just nitpicking a bit on my part. This is a quality receiving duo and ( if healthy ) will produce solid numbers, with some big games. I would probably go Engram over Branch if I had to choose one off the wire, as I think he will produce decent WR2/3 type numbers regularly. Branch will probably average just a bit higher by years end, but will have more variance in his weekly scores, IMO.
 
I prefer someone who is more consistent in the scores that they produce instead of being up and down. The problem that I have with Branch is that his

scoring is very inconsistent. He played 11 games in 2007 and in those 11 games he had five games with four points or less.

Engram is more consistent in his production.

I prefer Engram in any format due to that.

 
I prefer someone who is more consistent in the scores that they produce instead of being up and down. The problem that I have with Branch is that hisscoring is very inconsistent. He played 11 games in 2007 and in those 11 games he had five games with four points or less.Engram is more consistent in his production.I prefer Engram in any format due to that.
i agree. plus i am taking the guy who didn't blow out his knee last year.
 
At least for this week, something to temper the expectations of Branch:

Holmgren said that Branch will probably be eased back into action, playing only a limited number of snaps Sunday.

"If he practices well (this week), and he handles it well, then we'll have to throw him out there," Holmgren said. "But to play the whole game, he's probably not ready to do that."

 
LINK

No specifics on the flanker position, but this indicates that McMullen is playing at split end with Robinson behind him.

Q: Seahawkswab is wondering what Koren Robinson did in practice on Monday.

A: He did get overlooked with Bobby Engram returning to practice and Deion Branch getting so many reps with the No. 1 offense. Robinson got fewer reps than Engram and Branch – or Billy McMullen and Keary Colbert, for that matter. Robinson was working behind McMullen at split end.

Robinson still doesn't look "right," which is understandable for a player who had been out of the game since being released by the Packers in May and then tweaked a knee in his first practice with the Seahawks. He was, however, teaming with Josh Wilson or T.J. Duckett on kickoff returns during the special teams portion of practice. Robinson, remember, went to the Pro Bowl as a kick return in 2005 while playing with the Vikings.
 

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