Tuesday, September 4, 2012
RENTON — The Seahawks aren’t afraid to make headlines.
That’s as true when it comes to cutting players as it is when adding them. Seattle demonstrated that when it cut Terrell Owens after a three-week look-see and just as true seven days later when tight end Kellen Winslow was shown the door a week before the regular season began.
And when the Seahawks returned to work Monday afternoon, Evan Moore wore the No. 82 that had previously belonged to Winslow, which kind of underscored the lack of internal hand-wringing over the decision to cut Winslow.
Expect to see more targets for Zach Miller, more time for backup Anthony McCoy and maybe even a chance or two for Moore.
“We’ll use all the guys with Zach and with Anthony,” said Darrell Bevell, Seattle’s offensive coordinator. “Then we’ll continue throughout this week to find out exactly what Evan can bring for us and then we’ll fit him in accordingly.”
Is it really that easy to fill in behind Winslow? He averaged more than 70 receptions during his three years in Tampa Bay, and has caught more than 62 passes in five of his past six seasons. Moore has caught 62 passes — total — in his career.
Winslow was supposed to be the receiving specialist among Seattle’s tight ends, someone who would line up in the slot as well as putting his hand down at the line of scrimmage. Without Winslow, is Seattle being forced to change its play-calling menu on offense?
“We still have that capability to be able to do that,” Bevell said. “You can really put any of those guys out there. Obviously, some of them would be better than others, but really all our guys know those positions.”
Familiarity is a new thing as this year was the first time since 2008 the Seahawks have the same offensive coordinator returning for a second consecutive season. But it’s not just the coach. The roster of offensive players is more similar to last season than many expected.
Sure, there’s a new quarterback in Russell Wilson and other rookies like running back Robert Turbin and right guard J.R. Sweezy.
But two weeks ago, you looked on the field and wondered how they were going to shoehorn Winslow and Owens into an offense that already included starters like Miller and Sidney Rice. Things aren’t so crowded now, and they’re a lot more familiar. Of the six receivers and three tight ends currently on the roster, only three are new: Braylon Edwards, Charly Martin and Moore.
Edwards could end up starting as split end Golden Tate’s status is uncertain. He did not practice Monday after suffering a knee injury in the exhibition game last Thursday. Friday, a source indicated the injury was likely to keep Tate out the next two weeks.