Terrell Owens has been a great receiver over the years, that has never been in question. He has great speed, and can track the ball down just about anywhere. Numerous teams have used him, numerous teams have also released him. Will Seattle be the next? While Owens is here on the veteran minimum salary with nothing being guaranteed if he doesn’t make the final 53, it’s hard to say whether he will or won’t make it.
Owens was said to run the forty in 4.5 when he worked out for the Seahawks. Speed. He has caught 1,078 catches for 15, 934 yards. Consistency. Owens played 219 games. Dependability.
Since 1996 when Owens first appeared, he has been a solid contributor to the five teams he has been with. With the Seahawks making the sixth team he has played for, in the NFL, things might just be different. Previously he had been guaranteed a spot with the team, not this time. Owens played at a different level above other guys, so far he hasn’t shown it. Owens has spoken his peace, and gotten a lot of hatred from his teammates, and fans, again not this time.
Owens is used to being in the limelight, and leading the show, being the star. This time, in Seattle, he isn’t even guaranteed a spot on the roster. He has to fight for it, just like the other 12 receivers on the roster. There isn’t a “spot” specifically just for him. The Seahawks, despite what the national critics say, are deep at the WR position. Owens before didn’t play special teams, and it doesn’t look like this time will be any different.
Does he have the tools to make himself stand out above the rest to make the final roster? Is there enough room in Seattle for a former very talented receiver trying to prove he still has it. While it is very early in the preseason, Owens has yet to show anything that he resembles his former self. There hasn’t been any spotlight on him here in Seattle. He won’t be the number one receiver.
In his first game with the Seahawks, where he lined up with his new number(10), Owens wasn’t on the same page as Matt Flynn. Flynn threw the ball towards Owens four different times. Three of those four, Owens wasn’t ready for the ball what-so-ever. The fourth one Owens had managed to break through the defense and was streaking down the field. Flynn put the ball in the perfect spot where only Owens was the only one to get to it. Owens has reached out and the ball slipped right through his hands for what would have been a sure touchdown.
Owens has only been in Seattle for a very short time. He is still learning the playbook. There isn’t anyone that is negating his abilities, although in the only game he has appeared in, he didn’t come off impressive. If he wants to make it onto the final roster with the only team that is allowing him a shot in the NFL, he has to make great strides. There are 13 receivers here in Seattle trying to make a roster that will probably consist of six or seven receivers. Owens will need some big plays or a lot of luck to remain here in Seattle.