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Morning links: The Butler’s doing it

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 31, 2011 at 9:38 am with 16 Comments »
December 31, 2011 9:38 am
Seattle Seahwks receiver Deon Butler. (AP file photo)

In my story today, with one game left, players like Seattle Seahawks receiver Deon Butler know they have one last opportunity to make a lasting impression heading into the offseason.

After beginning the season on the PUP list, Butler has been active the past four games, slowly working his way back into the receiver rotation after recovering from a broken leg.

Butler’s been active the past four games. And although he only has five catches for 40 yards, the Penn State product says he’s starting to feel more comfortable out on the field, and earning the trust of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

“Every game I feel like I’m just getting back to being myself,” he said. “It was good for me to actually get a good hit in last week like that, so that was the next step. And just knowing that I feel like I’m fully back right now, and I feel comfortable out there.”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald takes a closer look at who made the better deal to get a quarterback, Seattle with Tarvaris Jackson, or Arizona with Kevin Kolb?

Clare Farnsworth of writes that running back Marshawn Lynch has figured out where his fits in Seattle’s offense during the second half of the season.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks’ defense is doing a much better job of limiting big plays. previews the Seattle-Arizona contest here. Both Art Thiel and Steve Rudman like the Seahawks to win.

ESPN’s Mike Sando offers some thoughts on last week’s Seattle-San Francisco contest.

Morning links
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  1. I’m sure in person Butler is a cut dude – but he sure looks sleight for a pro football player. Lot of big hits WRs need to be able to take.

  2. I like Butler but he’s the slowest fast player I’ve ever seen. Kind of a slow-fast like Doug Thomas was. There’s not enough quickness in his cuts or anything like that.

  3. Dymndheartkilla says:

    When i saw what the Cards traded for Kolb my first thought was “wow, that may have been a bit much…”

    I think they felt so badly that all try needed was a QB that they let emotions get the best of them. Going all in on a hand that’s waiting on the turn and river…

    Andy Ried makes QB’s look good, but his most recent QB’s Mcnabb and Kolb are making him look bad at this point.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    pdway – I’ve always thought that too. He’s too small (thin) to play split-end and doesn’t seem to play fast enough (as Bobby mentions) for flanker, and Baldwin would seem to be the teams future at slot (Engram 2.0), so where does that leave him? He’s a so-called ‘tweeter without a dominant feature. I think he has his work cut out for him heading into ’12.

  5. Palerydr says:

    I’m looking at Butlers jersey and I see the Bing logo prominately displayed can someone tell me why that’s allowed but putting skittles on your shoes is a fineable offense? Paul Allens money maybe?

    I look for Durham to take Butlers spot on the roster next year as he more fits what Pete likes in a WR, tall and fast.

    I’d resign Lynch but for no more than 3 years and no more than 7mil a year. His running style is gonna lead to inj. Remember he already sat out a game with back spasms which if I recall correctly is a chronic problem for him.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    No, the NFL agreed two years ago, to allow corporate sponsorship to be displayed on practice jerseys. Every team has that now. Additional revenue for the owners. Nike making Skittle shoes for Lynch doesn’t generate any revenue for the league, hence the fine. (Sarcasm aside, that’s he jist.)

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    They forgot to mention his blocked punt, but what a player Baldwin turned out to be this year! Perhaps player of the year for the Seahawks.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If you have trouble with getting to the Baldwin article then click on the link below and look to the right of the page where it says Seattle Seahawk news and there should be a link that will take you straight to it.

    I was looking at last years roster when I happened to see this article.
    It is just amazing to me how many different starters that we have this year in our final game compared to last year in our final game of the regular season.
    And if you compare the starters from the first game of the season to the last game of the season this year you will find an incredible amount of change also.
    To stay competitive while having all these changes going on is almost unbelievable.

  9. Yeah, Baldwin was a great addition. Actually if any of these four guys were first-round picks, we’d be pretty psyched about their potential: Baldwin, Sherman, K.J. Wright, Chancellor. Make up for the first-round pick we weren’t too excited about: Curry.

  10. I don’t think Butler makes the roster next year. I just don’t see it.

    I would rank our guys like this
    anyone below this is in danger of not making the team on Carroll mood swings


  11. ** Baldwin not Sherman

    But speaking of Sherman – from Sando’s write up

    The longer passes are coming. Alex Smith’s 41-yard strike to Michael Crabtree set up the winning field goal, but it wasn’t the only attempts at longer passes. The 49ers got Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis open for passes that traveled about 30 yards in the air past the line of scrimmage. Crabtree and Davis did not make the catches, but these plays were open.

    and on both of those plays Sherman was on coverage. I have been getting frustrated how everyone has been blasting Browner for “letting” the Crabtree play happen but Sherman gave up 2 – just the receiver didn’t convert on those.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    xcman- I’m not to concerned about our cornerbacks play this year. Once we get a better at putting pressure on the QB our young secondary will thrive. Imo.

  13. Think about this… Sherman is a rookie. Rookie CBs simply don’t play the way Sherman is playing. They don’t. You show me a rookie 1st round CB that has played at as high of a level as Sherman has this year, since becoming a starter, and I’ll show you 10 rookie 1st round CBs that didn’t (many of whom became good, too). That’s part of the reason I love him so much. He’s playing well beyond his years. Even for the 4th overall pick in the draft (see Curry, Aaron) nobody would be complaining one bit about Sherman the rookie giving up a couple of longer pass plays against the ‘9ers when you look at the body of work he’s done since becoming a starter. It’s insane. And this is from a freakin’ 5th round pick! It’s not normal! I love our DBs moving forward with Chancellor, ET, Sherman, Browner, Lewis and Thurmond. IMO, it’s the best, by far in the NFL with respect to productivity for 2012 and their ages. If we could only keep 1 of those players moving forward, I’d keep Sherman, and that includes ET (who I think/know is the best Seahawks safety since the GREAT Kenny Easley). And who cares if Sando thinks he’s going to get challenged more moving forward. All there is left of ’11 is a meaningless game at Arizona and then Sherman will have an entire off-season to get better (which all rookies do between their 1st-2nd years). If anyone wants to challenge Sherman next year, I say “bring it on!”

  14. “Could have” given up two long pass plays. Sorry.


  15. There’s no reason to be cutting Butler in our minds at this point for next year. Let’s see how things go. He’s a good player and had more touchdown catches in his shortened season last year (4) than any other receiver on the team has had so far this year except Baldwin (4), and Baldwin’s had two more games to do it in. What’s the point of making such predictions? We have an excellent group of receivers. Let’s hope they all come back healthy and then let the chips fall where they may.

    And by the way, this game against Arizona is not meaningless. Ask yourself if you will feel better if they win than if they lose. I, for one, would love to see them run and pass the ball down Arizona (Dockett’s) throat and have our defense stuff them. That would be a meaningful way to begin the New Year. GO HAWKS!!

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