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Morning links: Hawks now have depth at WR

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 30, 2008 at 6:21 am with 7 Comments »
September 30, 2008 6:21 am

With the return of Deion Branch and Bobby Engram, Seattle coach Mike Holmgren has a good problem of too many bodies at wide receiver.

By the end of the week he’ll have to decide if Branch and Engram are healthy enough to play, and if so, how to use those veteran receivers in a rotation along with the other guys in a package that gives the team the best chance to win.

If Branch is healthy, he seems the most likely person to start at split end. And if Engram can go, he’d be the most likely person to play flanker. Engram could then slide inside to play slot during three-receiver sets, with Keary Colbert filling in at flanker.

However, both Billy McMullen and Michael Bumpus have made plays early in the season and deserve some time as well. Add Koren Robinson and Courtney Taylor to the mix, and it will be interesting to see what kind of rotation Holmgren comes up with.

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Frank Hughes talks to wide receiver Deion Branch, and he confidently says he’s ready to go after eight months of rehabbing an ACL injury. A healthy Branch would add a spark to Seattle’s offense. Branch said he’ll ask teammates to be more physical with him during practice so he can test the stability of his knee.

Gregg Bell of the Associated Press has more on Branch.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks have the pleasant problem of having too many healthy receivers. Coach Mike Holmgren said he’ll try to figure out a rotation by the end of the week.

Johnson also notes the return of Sean Locklear to right tackle in this notebook.

The Plaxico Burress story continues, as Jay Glazer of Fox Sports writes that according to his sources Burress has been fined 40 to 50 times for breaking team rules, and that the only way team officials could get his attention was by suspending him for a game.

The Associated Press also reports that the Giants might trim the star receiver’s fine, but not the suspension.

San Francisco 49ers

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that tight end Vernon Davis was benched midway through the fourth quarter after an emotional outburst when he caught his only pass of the game. Davis said he was just being himself.

Said Davis: "I was just fired up. I didn’t say anything to the coaches. I just wanted more."

After giving up six sacks against New Orleans the 49ers need to shore up their offensive line. San Francisco has given up 19 sacks on the year, six more than any team in the league.

Here’s the transcript of Mike Nolan’s Monday press conference, provided by Matt Maiocco’s instant 49ers blog.

Arizona Cardinals

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says wide receiver Anquan Boldin is at home and resting after getting sandwiched against the Jets.

Jets safety Eric Smith was fined $50,000 and suspended for one game by the NFL for the hit on Boldin.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune reports that the Cardinals will look to regroup after giving up a franchise-worst 56 points and turning the ball over seven time against the Jets.

St. Louis Rams

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jim Thomas says Jim Haslett will not be interim coach of the Rams, just coach, giving him a little more permanence in his new job with 12 games left.

Haslett will have to do without the services of tight end Randy McMichael (broken shin bone) and cornerback Tye Hill (knee). McMichael is expected out at least six weeks, and Hill at least a month.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell praises Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom for making the right moves this week by putting Hasslett in place and turning over the reins of the team to football people instead of high-powered attorneys.

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  1. You know, I am not sure that the Jet player should have been suspended for the helmet to helmet hit. Boldin was hit in the back by another player and it knocked his head into a different place than the Jet player planned on while already in the air to make his hit.

    I think he should appeal. Don’t know if it will do him any good.

  2. I really fundementally disagree with the idea of cutting K-Rob. Let’s give the guy 3-4 weeks to get in game shape and make a contribution. He was a Pro Bowl KR after all. Taylor can go back to the practice squad for a while. He’s earned it.

    A week 10 staring lineup of K-Rob, Branch and Engram has the potential to be not just passable, but maybe even scary. We should give that a chance to happen.

  3. sfarrand says:

    I agree… Taylor appears to need additional seasoning…

  4. agreed, osiris – we should trim taylor because not only has he not done anything, he doesn’t look like he wants to do anything, which is more frightening.

  5. Why Branch at split end instead of flanker? Because Branch won’t get the punishment at split end that he might at flanker? Put Bobby there then? Why not Branch/Colbert at flanker, McMullen/K-Rob at split end and Engram/Bumpus at slot, with Carlson stretching the field at TE? Giants secondary has been playing very well (partly due to their DL pressure on the QB), but if Hawks can get back to form we could make it an exciting game (unlike the Bills game excitement).

  6. raolyn13 says:

    That’s what I was wondering, klm008. Clare Farnsworth reported that Branch was practicing at flanker, tho.

  7. nighthawk2 says:

    The Rams may not be calling Haslett an interim coach, but it’s a distinction without a difference, because that’s what he is. If they don’t win more half their remaining games, he’s gone too. I’m sure they’re thinking about Marty Schottenheimer, Bill Cowher, or some flavor of the month assistant from New England or Dallas or college (although those college guys haven’t worked out too well recently). If they were really smart they’d hire Tom Moore from Indy. I just don’t think we’re going to see Haslett in St. Louis next season. And with the franchise for sale, we may not see the Rams in St. Louis next year. At least them going back to L.A. would cut down on our travel miles.

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