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Seahawks player grades vs Broncos: Receivers

Seahawks wide receiver/tight ends grades

 

 

We are in the 11th hour before tonights Seahawks-Cheifs matchup.  With that in mind, I am going to give players their grades without breaking down why.  If there are any players that you would like to see the reasonings behind the grade I gave just let me know, I will go back and add that in.

 

Wide Receiver

Jermaine Kearse #8

last week: c+
this week: b

 

Deon Butler #11

last week: b
this week: B-

 

Charly Martin #14

last week: B+
this week: b-

 

Braylon Edwards #17

last week: b-
this week: C+

 

Phil Bates #13

the grade: C+

 

Kris Durham: #16

last week: C
this week: C+

 

Lavasier Tiunei #19

last week: b-
this week: C+

 

Golden Tate #81

last week: C
this week: C

 

Ricardo Lockette #83

the grade: D+

 

Terrell Owens #10

the grade: F

 

 

Tight End

Kellen Winslow #82

the grade: B

 

Anthony McCoy #85

Last week: C+
This week: B+

 

Cameron Morrah #88

last week: F
this week: C+

 

Sean McGrath #45

Last week: C+
this week: C+

 

Cooper Heifet #84

the grade: C-

Seahawks player grades vs Titans: Receivers/Tight ends

Seahawks pass catchin’ player grades

 

This is the final part of my Seahawks player grades for week one of the preseason.  The grades for QB, RB, OL, DL, LB and DB’s have already been completed earlier in the week.

Wide Receiver

Charly Martin blocking on Russell Wilson touchdown run vs Titans. Photo by Brett Bivens

Charly Martin #14

Charly Martin really impressed me against the Titans. Every opportunity Charly  was given he made the most of. If Martin had a chance to go for YAC (yards after catch) yards he went for them without hesitation. He showed decent rout running ability and never gave up on plays until the whistle blew. The most impressive play was on Russell Wilson quarterback keeper late in the 4th quarter. Charly locked on the his man and blocked him for over ten yards down the field. That action allowed Russell to get by and score the touchdown that sealed the Seahawks victory.

the grade: B+

 

Deon Butler #11

Honestly, I am surprised we are still talking about this kid after his brutal injury a couple years back.  He continues to impress. Deon Butler was running very good routes against the Titans and was able to get some separation. He also showed a willingness to get in and throw some blocks in the running game.

the grade: B

Braylon Edwards #17

Braylon Edwards makes a cut for some YAC yards. Photo by Brett Bivens

the good:

Braylon Edwards made an outstanding play on a ball while it was in the air. Russell Wilson threw the pass up and gave Braylon a chance to go get it. Braylon delivered by stoping just short of the pass, out jumping the cornerback to go up and get it, while scoring a touchdown in the process. Plays like that are the ones I expect to see from him, spectacular receptions. Later in the game Edwards made a nice cut inside after catching the ball and gained about 5 extra yards in the process.

the bad:

Braylon Edwards needs to play smarter. The block in the back penalty that he picked up was pure stupidity.  Russell Wilson had already given up on the play and was running out of bounds after a nice pickup so, there was no need to even attempt to block at that point. That is the kind of play I would expect to see from a rookie not an 8 year NFL veteran.

the grade B-

 

Lavasier Tuinei #19

The rookie undrafted free agent out of Oregon had a very solid game as far as blocking from the receiver position goes. Lavasier Tuinei never caught a pass during the game, but his blocking was solid enough to earn him a good grade.

the grade: B-

 

Ben Obomanu #87

The Good:

Ben Obomanu had a better than average game blocking.

the bad:

Ben missed a block that led to a tackle for a loss. He flinched at the line of scrimmage on one play but, luckily for the Seahawks the false start was never called. I also need to see him start creating more separation at this point in his career.

the grade: C+

 

Jermaine Kearse #8

Jermaine Kearse really does a nice job fighting to get open once the quarterback starts to scramble. He recognizes the field gets cut in half and tries to become an outlet if he is on that side of the field, or hurries to break towards that side. Kearse showed great awareness by a young receiver.

the grade: C+

 

Golden Tate #81 and Kris Durham #16 both received C’s

 

Tight end

Zach Miller #86

Zach Miller getting dragged down after making a reception. Photo by Brett Bivens

Despite having a couple of missed blocks during the game Zach Miller did a nice job blocking in general throughout his time in the game. Unfortunately, his time was cut short when he took a shot over the middle and was concussed. Zach was able to hang on to the pass after the big hit.

the grade: b+

 

Anthony McCoy dives forward for some extra yards after making a reception. Photo by Brett Bivens

Anthony Mccoy #85

Anthony has to clean up the dropped passes because he is driving me nuts.  McCoy had a better than average day blocking. He was doing a nice job fighting to get open while running routes. Against the Titans he had a chance for a first down and had difficulty hanging on to a pass that hit him in the hands.

the grade: C+

 

Sean McGrath #45

Sean McGrath is upended after making a reception against the Titans. Photo by Brett Bivens

Personally, I would keep this kid over Anthony McCoy.  I believe Sean McGrath has a much higher ceiling. He made some very good plays in the blocker game and a couple really nice reception. Unfortunately, he also made the mental mistakes that I expect a rookie to make and blew a couple plays.

the grade: C+

 

Cameron Morrah #88

Am I the only one who is tired of waiting for this kid to develop? With 4 years experience, we shouldn’t have to wait any longer. On Saturday I watched him run the wrong route. At that point, I felt the Morrah experiment was over. Commissioner help us if he ends up with a final roster spot on this years team.

the grade: F

Seahawks Wide Receiver and Tight End Grades Regular Season Game 2011-7

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Wide Receiver

1) Ben Obomanu (A)

Last week D+

THE GOOD:

Ben had to receptions over 20 yards including one for 55 yards and led the team with 107 yards for the game (not to mention by going over 100 yards he won everyone in attendance a free Top Pot Doughnut). He ran his routes well and was able to get himself open. He showed effort fighting for extra yards after the catch.

THE BAD:

He doesn’t consistently play as well as he did against the Bengals.

2) Sidney Rice (B+)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

Sidney made a few outstanding catches including a couple diving catches. He recognized when the quarterback was in trouble and did a nice job working back to him to give the QB a place to dump the ball. He showed excellent effort while picking up a first down by fighting off a tackler on a wide receiver screen. Once again he showed his willingness to be a blocker down field. He had 102 yards receiving for the day.

THE BAD:

He had three dropped passes including one where he had adjusted to a very poorly thrown ball in the end zone but was unable to haul in the pass.

3) Doug Baldwin (B)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

Doug made a few really nice catches including a beautiful one handed catch on the run. He also had a 31 yard reception.

THE BAD:

Baldwin had an uncharacteristic drop in the game.

4) Golden Tate and Kris Durham (C-)

Last week: Golden C+ and Durham was not graded.

THE GOOD:

These are really the 5th and 6th receivers on the team and are not counted on very often.

THE BAD:

Tate missed a block on the designed quarterback run that left Jackson with no where to run. Durham had a false start.

 

Tight End

1) Cameron Morrah (C+)

Last week he led the group with a C+

THE GOOD:

He did a good job finding the open spot in the zone and sitting down in it. Morrah made a great catch with a defender draped all over him.

THE BAD:

Cameron had a dropped pass.

2) Zach Miller (C-)

Last week he was out with a head injury.

THE GOOD:

Miller ran an excellent seam route and made a nice catch at the sidelines staying in bounds for the reception. He also had a nice block.

THE BAD:

Zach missed a block on a screen pass and was unable to hold his block in the running game a couple times. He dropped a pass because he was not prepared to catch it at the top of his route.

3) Anthony McCoy (D)

Last week C

THE GOOD:

Anthony stonewalled a defensive end who was trying to bull rush him. He set his feet and sunk his hips using picture perfect technique to manhandle a guy who had about 50 pounds on him.

THE BAD:

He struggled when asked to run block. He was late getting to one block, got pushed 5-yards into the backfield on one and missed a cut block on another. He also added a dropped pass.

Seahawks Wide Receiver and Tight End Grades Regular Season Game 2011-2

Seahawks Wide Receiver and Tight End Grades

 

Wide Receiver

1) Ben Obomanu(B-)

Ben Obomanu catches a 87 yard touchdown against the Chiefs 11/28/2010 Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

Ben kept fighting after making the catch to gain extra yards. He showed concentration when he was hit hard right after making the catch and was able to not only hang onto the ball but kept his balance and gain extra yards. He led all receivers in both targets and receptions.

THE BAD:

Obomanu had a chance to make a catch on a ball that was thrown high but was catch-able. If he had been able to make the catch it would have been a big 3rd down conversion.

2) Golden Tate and Kris Durham (C+)

Last Week: Golden B and Chris was not on the game day active roster. This was Kris’ first game in the NFL.

THE GOOD:

Golden made a nice catch on the sidelines while staying under control and getting his feet down in bounds. Kris usually reached out and caught the ball with his hands and on a play where he let it into his pads he maintained concentration and hauled the pass in.

THE BAD:

Tate was only targeted twice. As I stated above Durham let a ball get into his pads and it bounced up in the air.

4) Mike Williams and Doug Baldwin (D)

Last Week: Mike C+ and Doug led all receivers with a A-

THE GOOD:

Mike doesn’t have to watch any game film this week because of his “No Negativity” campaign.

THE BAD:

Williams played a lazy game. On one play he was running a clear out route for FB Eddie Williams but because his route was never intended to see the ball he just jogged it out and never threatened the safety who was able to turn his attention to Eddie and make the play. On a wide receiver screen where he was called upon to block the corner back he made a lazy attempt to stick out one arm to block him while just standing there. Baldwin gave up on a route once he failed to get open. What I mean by this is that sometimes a WR runs his route to no avail but the quarterback is still looking for a target. At this point the receiver needs to fight to get open but instead he just stood around watching the quarterback run around in the pocket. He missed two blocks on special teams, one on a punt return and the other a kick return.

Tight End

1) Zach Miller (B)

Last Week led tight ends with a C+. Zach was used more as a blocker than a receiver.

THE GOOD:

Zach did a solid job blocking. He had a nice backside cut block and a nice block on a screen. On his only catch reached out and caught the ball while going to the ground on an inaccurate pass.

THE BAD:

He spent so much time blocking that he never had a chance to be a factor in the passing game.

2) Anthony McCoy (C-)

Last week F

THE GOOD:

Anthony had a much better game this week then he did last week.

THE BAD:

McCoy missed on a cut block and only had a 4.5 yards per catch average.

 

Seahawks News:

  • Sidney Rice fully participated in Wednesday’s practice and is expected to play against the Cardinals this week.
  • Paul McQuinstan will start for RG Robert Gallery
  • Malcolm Smith returned to practice on Wednesday
  • Robert Gallery, Michael Robinson, Byron Maxwell and Raheem Brock (non-injury) missed practice yesterday.

Wide Receiver and Tight End Grades Preseason Game 2011-4

Image by Ryan Gray

Wide Receiver

1) Golden Tate (A+)

Last week somehow avoided grading.

THE GOOD:

As you might guess from the grade he received he was a standout in all phases he was asked to preform. On special teams he had a big kickoff return and then had a big punt return. He was blocking at the line of scrimmage on short yardage running plays and downfield on the screen. Golden’s hands were exactly that, Golden. Tate was catching everything thrown his way and after he caught it he kept fighting for YAC (yards after catch) yards.

THE BAD:
When you get a A+ you can probably forget about this category.

2) Kris Durham (B+)

Last week C

THE GOOD:

Kris was an effective blocker in the running game and the passing game using every opportunity to throw a block the directly led to more yards on the play. He made a nice catch on a ball thrown too high during a quick slant.

THE BAD:

Durham played a solid game.

3) Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette (C+)

Last week: Doug C+ and Ricardo C-

THE GOOD:

Doug was running good routes getting separation from the defender and was able to hang on to a pass when he was hit hard right after catching the ball. Ricardo forced a pass interference call.

THE BAD:

Baldwin was flagged for illegal formation and needs to be a smarter player than that.

5) Chris Carter (C)

Last week he was released from the team but got brought back as a warm body before being cut again.

6) Pat Williams (C-)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

He showed of his hands catching a ball thrown behind him.

THE BAD:

Pat was inept as a blocker. On a punt return he couldn’t decide who he wanted to block (my guess is no one) and on a screen pass he had a lazy attempt at a block downfield.

Tight End

1) Dominique Byrd (C-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

Originally I had him graded lower because I knocked him for allowing a kick to be blocked but after talking to Seahawks Long Snapper Clint Gresham about the play I was informed that the Raiders were picking up on a tell and hinted towards the kicker (Jeff Reed).

THE BAD:

He missed a backside cut block allowing the pursuit to reach the runner.

1) Anthony McCoy and Dominique Byrd (D+)

Last week: Anthony C-

THE GOOD:

Anthony showcased his hands and concentration on a play where he caught a ball thrown behind him with a defender draped all over him.

THE BAD:

Unfortunately McCoy wasn’t consistent with his hands and dropped a pass in the red zone. His head seemed to be somewhere else when it came to blocking on a couple plays. One he was unsure which defender was his responsibility in pass pro and in the running game he miss read the defense and it caused him to be late blocking his assignment.

Wide Receiver Grades Preseason Game 2011-2

Part 5 of 8 of the Seahawks player grades from the Chargers game. QuarterbacksOffensive LinemenRunning Backs and Tight Ends have already been posted. This is a series that will go position by position, player by player evaluating the single game performance of the players on the Seahawks roster.

We saw the return of Mike Williams and the Seahawks debut of Sidney Rice and Kris Durham. Ben Obomanu remains out but should make his debut this week in Denver.

Wide Receiver

1) Kris Durham (A)

Kris Durham lays out the corner on a cut block (up top). Photo by Brett Bivens

Kris is a rookie 4th round draft choice out of Georgia.

The Good:

As you can see from the picture to the right Durham is a competent blocker. This wasn’t the only time he had a nice block in the game. On the end around by Baldwin he had no trouble blocking the corner down the field. As a receiver he was able to find the soft spot under the coverage and found a way to get open in the end zone. Kris made Charlie Whitehurst look good on a play where he came back toward him and dove for an under thrown ball catching it as he went to the ground. Durham was able to use his body to shield the defender from a ball and had the concentration to make the catch with the corner draped all over him.

THE BAD:

I don’t have anything from last week to compare it to.

2) Doug Baldwin (B+)

Last week he led all receivers with a B.

THE GOOD:

As a kick returner he saw his hole and went for it aggresively. He was a willing participant as a run blocker. Speaking of running he had a nice end around showcasing his speed. He caught the ball with his hands and once secured turned up the field trying to get some YAC (Yards after Catch) yards.

THE BAD:

If you are Deon Butler, Ricardo Lockette or Pat Williams and he continues playing this well your probably going to be released.

3) Sidney Rice (C+)

THE GOOD:

Something I had noticed watching games from his Vikings days was that he is always participating in the running with his blocking and saturday was no exception. When he caught the ball with two defenders around him he was still able to turn and dive between them to pick up extra yardage and avoid a big hit.

THE BAD:

Tarvaris seemed to be trying to force the ball to him and out of 6 targets he only caught 2.

4) Mike Williams, Isaiah Stanback, Chris Carter and Ricardo Lockette (C)

8 ) Golden Tate and Pat Williams (D-)

THE GOOD:

Pat will not be on the final roster.

THE BAD:

Golden took the opening kickoff 6 yards deep in the end zone and hesitated on the return. The result was an opening drive that started at the 11. He cut a 3rd down route short of the 1st down marker giving himself no chance to get the first down. Tate had trouble catching the ball having two drops including one that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Pat hesitated at the top of a route, I’m not sure if he lost focus or forgot what the route was but he seemed lost. He fell down on one route and the ball was almost intercepted. Later he dropped the ball in the picture above.

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