Where is Braylon Edwards?
Anybody familiar with the Detroit Lions 1 – 1 record in their last two games know that Chicago’s use of Brandon Marshall was considerable in defeating the Lions. Is there another receiver more similar to Brandon Marshall than #Braylon Edwards? Please share. I know Sidney Rice is a sizable comparison to Braylon Edwards.
Could Braylon be traded to the Dolphins? I don’t think so. But if I’m the Dolphins, I’d be wary of the late injury report. I hate to speculate, but the Seahawks likely have to give him up and there’s good chance whoever deals for him will use him more than the Seahawks did. That might just show the Seahawks had issues working him into the game plan more regularly. Am I disappointed to see Braylon Edwards absent for the Lions game? Yes! I thought this Detroit game could be a statement game for him. I didn’t even get to see if my hunch was on target. Watching the Bears, Lions game from last week, I saw so many comparisons in personnel and game planning. Cutler and Wilson are similar passers whose coaches don’t dial up a lot of throws. Cutler passed for 150 effective yards against Detroit. Cutler also showed some mobility, running for 34 yards on 3 attempts. One of those rushes was on 1st and 20 and he gained the first down. I guess I was just watching that game (3 times) through rose-colored Seahawks glasses. Oh Braylon Edwards, I wish I could turn the real clock back to the point when there was 11 seconds left in regulation and then turn the clock forward before the last play was made.
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The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:
WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)
CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)
DT Jason Jones (ankle)
OG John Moffitt (knee)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
Braylon Edwards hadn’t been listed as questionable until what seemed like the 11th hour when he was scratched from the lineup for a problem with his knee. With a chance to employ the guy most similar to the Chicago Bears’ receiver (Brandon Marshall) who made a major contribution in handing Detroit a loss last week, the Seahawks failed to even test Braylon Edwards. Of course, I found out at game time that Edwards wouldn’t play, his knee was swollen. Reviewing the Seahawks’ receiving stats, I found 9 different receivers caught passes in the Seahawks trip to Ford Field, Detroit. More than half of their receptions were to Golden Tate and Sidney Rice. If Braylon is injured, with whom will the Seahawks replace him? Seattle is sorely in need of another rangy receiver to complement the size and ability of Sidney Rice while creating decoy situations for Golden Tate, who by now is being watched very closely by defenses.
Height: 6-3 Weight: 214 Age: 29
Born: 2/21/1983 Detroit , MI
Experience: 8th season
Height: 6-4 Weight: 230 Age: 28
Born: 3/23/1984 Pittsburgh , PA
College: Central Florida
Experience: 7th season
I made a short list of receivers who, in the event Braylon Edwards won’t be used any time soon, would make suitable alternates. My criteria included having at least a few years of pro experience, size comparable to Edwards, similar active presence on his own team and currently on a team whose playoffs hopes are so very narrow. The size factor is chiefly because apart from Sidney Rice and Braylon Edwards, the Seahawks lack wide receivers with good overall range. Should Sidney Rice go down for any reason, even a tired hamstring, there’d be no other tall receiver to help Russell Wilson flex his receiving corps’ skill set. I made an exception with my suggestion of Dwayne Bowe, regarding amount of active presence. Bowe has many more receptions than Braylon Edwards. This could be problematic since Bowe is used to catching a lot of passes and the Seahawks haven’t yet handed the keys to the offense to Wilson. Of course, Bowe could be just what could take this bunch to another level of offensive potency. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt for Golden Tate or Sidney Rice to have a receiver opposite them in the formation that draws attention away from them.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 221 Age: 28
Born: 9/21/1984 Miami , FL
Experience: 6th season
Seattle needs one more potent receiver on the field to support Russell Wilson and complement Tate and Rice. At 6′ 2″ 221 lbs, he’s about as rangy as Braylon Edwards, but Bowe’s got good power and playmaking sensibilities. He’s a proven commodity and Kansas City is begging to be my first official playoff casualty in the ol’ DeathWatch portion of my blog.
On the discount shelf, Chaz Schilens.
Height: 6-4 Weight: 225 Age: 26
Born: 11/7/1985 Lancaster , CA
College: San Diego State
Experience: 5th season
The New York Jets have a good receiving target who could be just right for the Seahawks. Schilens, a former Oakland Raiders receiver, has size, and likely, has hunger.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 205 Age: 27
Born: 5/20/1985 Fort Lewis , WA
College: Illinois State
Experience: 6th season
Robinson’s got experience. He’s been about as featured with the Jaguars as Seattle’s Braylon Edwards has been this season. To date, Robinson has 9 receptions, 134 yards, 14.9 yards per catch average, Robinson could come in and get as much attention as Edwards has gotten thus far. I’m not saying the Seahawks need to trade Edwards. It just seems there’s a reason he’s not getting as much exposure. Not the the Seahawks need to go with a taller receiver, that’s just what I’d like to see.
Who would you put on your personnel wish list before the season’s second half starts? Why?
The NFL trade deadline is this Tuesday, October 30, 4PM Eastern Time, 1PM Pacific. So, Seahawks followers, who would you pick? If you’re reading this after the deadline passes, what do you think of the Seahawks organization’s choices? What improvements would you have made?
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