Bobby Engram officially returned from a thyroid-related absence against San Francisco on Dec. 14. His first chance to make a meaningful impact could come Sunday. Engram worked exclusively in the four-receiver package against the 49ers. Seattle used that personnel grouping five times, fewest since a November game against the Rams.
Coach Mike Holmgren said this week that Engram’s health has improved and he will play more starting Sunday. That means we should expect to see him in the three-wide packages. That could lead to significantly more playing time. Seattle has used its four-receiver offense about 13 percent of the time this season, compared to better than 58 percent for its three-receiver packages (there are two).
Engram has been most effective over the years as a slot receiver. If the Seahawks put him back in that role, D.J. Hackett probably gets some more reps on the outside. The Seahawks did not attempt a pass for Engram against the 49ers. I’m thinking that changes against the Chargers.