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WR Obomanu placed on IR; Kearse signed to active roster

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm with 60 Comments »
October 30, 2012 2:14 pm

Seattle Seahawks receiver Ben Obomanu (AP photo).

As expected, the Seattle Seahawks made a couple roster moves on the team’s off day today.

The Seahawks had only three healthy receivers heading into this week, and made some moves to boost their depth at that position.

Seven-year veteran Ben Obomanu was placed on the season-ending injured reserve with a wrist injury that he suffered against Detroit. The Seahawks also released cornerback Danny Gorrer.

With the vacant roster spots, Seattle brought up receiver Jermaine Kearse and offensive lineman Mike Person from the practice squad.

Seattle then added receiver Phillip Bates to the team’s practice squad. Bates, a University of Ohio product, was with the Seahawks during training camp.

Kearse, a University of Washington and Lakes High of Tacoma product, had been playing well against Seattle’s No. 1 defense as a scout squad receiver during practices this season.

At 6-1 and 209 pounds, Kearse has the versatility to play both inside as a slot receiver and on the perimeter.

At 6-4 and 299 pounds, Person is listed as a tackle, but can play guard and center for the Seahawks.

Obomanu, who turned 29 today, has seven catches for 58 yards on the year. He finished second on the team in catches in 2011 with 37 for 436 yards and two touchdowns last season.

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  1. Kearse is very intriguing.

  2. Ewalters7354 says:

    I don’t expect Kearse to be much of a factor.Rven if he does the FO needs to make another move to acquire a veteran.May Plaxico Burress…

  3. Hawkenstein says:

    I actually wouldn’t mind having TO back. I think he would be better than he showed in pre season. He couldn’t be much worse than we have now.I saw an interview with him a couple of days ago and he seems to be keeping himself in playing shape.

  4. EastCoastFan51 says:

    Oh boy this spells trouble. We are thin at WR. Although I like Obomanu on special teams but that’s it he’s pretty worthless at WR in my mind at least so far this year. Plus how many years did it take him to have an somewhat average year last year? Too long in my mind time to gut the WR’s from this team except Rice and Baldwin and get some new blood in here thru the draft. The front office screwed this up as they haven’t drafted any top round receivers except Tate in the past 3 years.

  5. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    EWalters. plexico? you would want someone stupid enough to carry an unregistered gun without a permit then shoot themselves in the leg?wow

    that said i think kerse will do better than you think. h

  6. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    wow it is dead on here everyone must be burned out

  7. Ewalters7354 says:

    hawkfan, That’s in the past bro.Look at his production last year.8Tds? I’ll take that.

    Kearse may indeed surprise, but I’m not counting on it.He went undrafted for a reason.Everybody can’t be Doug Baldwin, though I can only dream lol

  8. NYHawkFan says:

    Wow, two healthy receivers? Time to get back to the running game because Wilson has so few experienced targets he can trust. Looks like we can run against the Vikes, as they’re middle of the pack (16).

    After a loss to the Lions and with SF continuing to build up steam, we could use some good news. Our home games are coming at the right time.

  9. freehawk says:

    Tons of injuries at our weakest position – wow. But glad to see Obo go, honestly.

  10. sluggo42 says:

    Injuries are piling up across the league as usual, we are actually ahead of the curve this year (knocking on wood)
    Kearse will be fine. Don’t be surprised to see Butler!

  11. Hawksince77 says:


    Are you in New York? How did you fare with Sandy?

    I am in New York, in the Adirondack Park, and it was a complete non-event here, despite all of our preparation for rain and wind.

    Anyway, I count 3 healthy WR, including the top two: Rice/Tate/Martin. So we are really talking about the 3rd and 4th guy, and that doesn’t seem catastrophic (yet).

    I know pre-season and camp don’t mean much, but I really liked Phil Bates. Maybe he can make an impression and stick. He is unique at the position, former QB, something like 6’1″ and 220lbs. He and Wilson made some plays.

  12. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    EWalters if plexico was worth spit anymore he would be on a team already. if we are that worried about receivers get bowe for the 3-4 round pic and be done with it. kerse looked good in the preseason and had a rapport with wilson.

  13. jchawks08 says:

    Excited for Kearse, then again I’m a HUGE UW fan. All he did was make big play after big play in College. He had a rough year with drops last year, which is why he fell off the draft boards. But he was definately both Locker’s and Price’s go-to guy. Circus catches on the reg from him along with a drop or two.. Would love to see him have success with the ‘Hawks.

  14. jchawks08 says:

    Not sure why Plexico hasn’t caught on with anyone yet. And those talking about his past need to let that go. Young guy made an absolutely awful decision and paid the price for it. Remember when Brian Blades murdered his cousin? Or something along those lines.. Noones perfect. LOL!

  15. freedom_X says:

    Plexico and Owens can’t contribute to special teams. Obomanu was really important on the coverage units. Seattle can’t afford any lapses there.

  16. Ewalters7354 says:

    hawkfan, the reason he isn’t on a team yet is because every FO is looking to go young.Had Randy Moss not signed with the niners, he too would be without a job.That still doesn’t take away from a guy being able to help a team, which I believe he can.His production has not dropped off much.So tell me why he wouldn’t be a good signing aside from something that happened damm near 5 years ago…

  17. Ewalters7354 says:

    The hawks need more than special team
    guys right now.They need healthy pass catchers, which they lack.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    They need Braylon to return to some health. And as much as I don’t like Tate, they really need him to start playing more consistently. It’s yet another opportunity for him to fill a void.

  19. Just can’t trust Edward’s knee at this point in his career.

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “I don’t know where were going, but I sure know where we’ve been”
    “Hanging on the promises in the songs of yesterday”
    “And I’ve made up my mind”
    “I ain’t wasting no more time”
    “Here we go again, here we go again”

    “Though we keep searching for an answer”
    “We never seem to find what were looking for”
    “Oh Lord, I pray you give me strength to carry on”
    “Cause I know what it means”
    “To walk along the lonely street of dreams”

    “Here we go again on our own”
    “Going down the only road we’ve ever known”
    “Like a drifter, we were born to walk alone”
    And I’ve made up my mind
    I ain’t wasting no more time

    “I’m just another heart in need of rescue”
    “Waiting on the Seahawks charity”
    “And I’m gonna hold on for the rest of my days”
    “Cause I know what it means”
    “To walk along the lonely street of dreams”

    “And here we go again on our own”
    “Going down the only road we’ve ever known”
    “Like a drifter, we were born to walk alone”
    “And we’ve made up my mind”
    “We ain’t wasting no more time”

    “But here I go again, here I go again”
    “Here I go again.”

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Trust has nothing to do with it. They have to find a way to get him out there, unless there are more moves to come.

  22. I’d have no issue bringing plaxico in. Or BMW, as long as he’s in shape. Or butler. Or TO. Or trading a 2nd and 1st for bowe and KC’s 2nd. Or giving anyone who can catch a shot.

    I dog on rw a lot, but his receivers really aren’t helping with drops. It sucks. Proven veteran talent would be massive.

    Tbh, I’m not worrying about playoffs. Do you really think Seattle could go to NYG, CHI, GB or ATL (depending on seeding and winners. Just throwing those out), and win? I don’t. GB is looking for revenge anyway. The only winnable game would be SEA@SF, assuming the seeding pans out.

    Regardless… 7-9, 8-8, out of contention.

  23. yakimahawk says:

    GeorgiaHawk ….Whitesnake baby!! Went to college on a music scholorship and walked on to play baseball! Still a drummer through and through. Old man Tommy Aldridge played drums on that track with David Coverdale ripping the vocals..Love it !!

  24. Ewalters7354 says:

    I agree with RADEoN.The FO has to bring in better pass catchers/veteran guys who can get the job done.Obo’s time was up and Charly Martin is a waste of a
    roster spot.Just activating Kearse isn’t gonna cut it.

  25. RADEon stop the bowe and TO, Plaxico talk it is not going to happen and shouldn’t. Did you notice the last two free agent or trade-for wide-outs ie: Branch and TJ did us squat? We paid retirement contracts for guys that were done that era is over. We are going with the guys we have and if the D can get off the field on 3rd down even 40% of the time we can get to 9 maybe 10 wins. We will play better the second half of the season- but I happen to think that we let one slip away we needed we shall see.
    Duke sorry if the thread got personnel on sunday a frustrating loss which led to poor communication skills.

  26. Bobby K from way down town BANG!

  27. yakimahawk says:

    Bobby K, you, me and Goergiahawk must all be in our late 40’s or so. That ended up being Coverdale’s live in…Who he also beat up and lost to another rocker.

  28. Dukeshire says:

    dvaldez – No worries, man. It’s all good.

  29. excellent!

  30. confucious says:

    I don’t think the PC/JS are going to give anything up in terms of draft picks to pickup any reciever at this stage of the season. I think one more draft puts this team on the long term nfl map. There are still many youthful mistakes bieng made on both sides of the ball which renders any meaningful run in the playoffs an extreme long shot at best. Why would you reroof your house when its made of cardboard.

  31. Confucious, do you work at a fortune cookie factory?

  32. Is it safe to come back to this blog yet? lol.

    I would agree it will be next draft before we see any upgrade at WR. Its not like there are worthy unsigned WRs standing around out there. Its hard for me to see Edwards helping us very much this year at this point. I can’t see Kearse helping at all. The last thing Wilson needs is to spend his passes on another young uncertain WR out there making mistakes, he already has Tate after all.

    Baldwin’s recovery from his high ankle sprain is the team’s biggest need right now. If he can’t make it back quickly, I’d be in favor of bringing back Butler to cover the slot for a couple games.

    Funny how Tom Brady does just fine with only two WRs and two TEs. Of course, we don’t have a Welker or Gronk or Hernandez on our team, but still… we have three TEs who can catch the ball and should be getting more targets. I expect to see more 2-TE offense against the Vikes.

  33. confucious says:

    No, I had to completely repair my roof due to snow load damage a couple of years ago. I live in a manufactured home (cardboard). Long day, must have been channeling my inner angst.

  34. Moore has not proven he can make plays, The decision to not pay Winslow looks short-sided now.

  35. confucious says:

    I actually think that winslow didn’t want to play. He didn’t stick in NE either. Judging from his sideline demeanor in pre-season he looked ready to leave.

  36. Four NFL teams, Tampa, Seattle, New England, and Oakland, each took a good look at Kellen Winslow jr and told him to move on. I don’t think that’s short sighted, I think coaches know they don’t want him.

    And its true that Evan Moore hasn’t proven he’s a play-maker for us, yet. But last year he caught as many balls as Golden Tate did, and had more TDs. Throw him the ball.

  37. I think winslow didn’t want to take a pay cut, the hawks played chicken with him and he walked. You can’t tell me he would not be the best pass catching TE if he was still on the team. I’m not saying it was a bad decision, I’m just saying.

  38. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    I wish Big Mike Williams was back. He was one of the rare talents who had the freakish size, adjustment ability, and hands to haul in Wilson’s inaccurate passes.

  39. confucious says:

    He very well could be, but he doesn’t block. Miller had big numbers in Oakland too. Numbers suffer when you need to stay home and block.

  40. confucious says:

    Yeah BMW slower than the second coming of christ. Fat. Good riddance.

  41. Yakima, I don’t think David Coverdale beat up Tawny Kitaen. She was the one arrested for beating up her 2nd husband. The Angels baseball player.

  42. Everybody bitches about Tate. If he’s so horrible why is on the team every year? He had more catches & yds than Rice on sunday and has just as many td’s on the season. Sure wish for Butler, Phil Bates & Charley Martin but crap on Tate.

  43. confucious says:

    Except for the void between the earlobes I think Tate is ok too. He just looks lost occasionally.

  44. Tater doesn’t need me to crap on him. Craps on himself just fine.

    I’m still rooting for the little dude, I just never expected a lot from him and he’s never delivered a lot.

  45. Jdub98903 says:

    @yakimahawk You must be really old, dude!

  46. Dukeshire says:

    ACIB – He had questionable hands; remember all the drops? And the fact no one has signed him says a lot.

  47. freedom_X says:

    Why do you think Obomanu keeps making the team, and Lockette is unemployed? Because Obomanu is an ace special teams player and Lockette was lousy on special teams.

    A 4th or 5th WR who can help on the ST units helps the team right now. A guy with “potential” who can’t, is dead weight until he can develop enough to play regularly. Potential guys buy themselves time to develop by going all out on special teams, and I could see Lockette didn’t care about it at all.

    Fans don’t care about special teams until punts and kicks get blocked, or opponents start returning them for scores. Obomanu wasn’t singlehandedly preventing this stuff, but he’s a known, established bulwark of those teams. That’s what’s kept him on the team by three coaching staffs, even after he’s long since peaked as a WR.

    The Tate stuff is just fan scapegoating. Rice makes 6X the money but hasn’t done much more. But Rice has his fan base who’s cried out for his signing, so those same people need someone else to blame. Can’t blame Baldwin since he’s an overachiever and currently hurt, so it’s Tate.

    Tate has plenty of shortcomings, but no more than any other Seattle receiver, on the team or off. I’m waiting for one of those guys to prove they’re better – only a healthy Baldwin has shown it, and certainly not this year.

  48. bsinnitt says:

    Having watched Kearse at UW, I expect him to do well. His drops caused him to go undrafted but if you watched the games they were usually a lapse of concentration on the gimmee catches where it was almost as though he took the catch for granted and was thinking about YAC before he had secured the ball. Now that he’s the small fish trying to earn playing time I expect that his concentration and focus will be improved. He always made the difficult catches including the clutch ones in the big moments which isn’t something that can be taught.

  49. Come on now, freedom_X, Sidney Rice “hasn’t done much more” than Golden Tate? Seriously. Rice’s best year was 83 catches 8 TDs. Tate’s having his best year ever at 20 catches after 8 games. Rice has caught 28 so far and we all know he can do much more. Rice and Baldwin are both studs in my book. Excellent football players. Tate’s never shown as much discipline or consistency. But he’s still maturing and I’m still rooting for him.

    I don’t disagree about Obo, though. He is a very good player, great ST player, disciplined WR, good blocker. Both the ST and offense will miss him.

  50. bbnate420 says:

    We finally found a player ACID likes. BMW!!!!!!!!!! AHAHAHHAHAH! :-)

  51. Mike Williams is terrible and was terrible in 2010 also.

  52. Butler, where are you. What is this FO doing? I’m a dawg through and through, but he drops balls. Plus, Butler’s got the heart to make plays. He even caught the pass on the same play he broke his leg a few years ago. We need a shot term slot guy, sign him and see how he does.

  53. Its week 9.

    I would be surprised if anyone we can add to the WR position at this point would make much of an impact. We have to dance with the girl(s) we brought to the party.

    We really need to keep feeding Sidney and Miller. Hope Tate can be more consistent. Hope Braylon can regain his health. Maybe, just maybe, Evan Moore can catch a pass.

    Next draft we need to consider selecting one or two WR’s.

  54. I’ve got no issue with bringing back Butler for depth. He makes the most sense as a young guy who is available and already knows the system. But, again, I would not expect much of an impact from adding him.

  55. the only reason I suggest bringing Butler back is if Baldwin can’t go. Butler is the only slot WR we have who can make up for some of Baldwin’s lost productivity. I think his quickness makes him a better fit in the slot than Tate, and at this point we need Tate at SE so he can’t play slot.

  56. freedom_X says:

    What has Rice done *as a Seahawk* compared to Tate this year? Rice has had one great year out of 5-1/2 so far, mainly because he can’t stay healthy. Tate has had 2-1/2 years, and has gotten demonstrably better each year even though the progress is not great. Last year Tate had the most reliable hands on the team, based on NFL pass/drop statistics.

    The current overall Seattle passing situation is certainly damping Rice’s numbers even though he presumably is healthy. But that overall situation affects Tate too, so it’s fair to compare their production this year. I’m looking forward to an improving Wilson/O-line to boost Rice’s numbers.

    But there’s no way one can say *this season* that Tate is the weak link in the Seattle receiving corps. You can say they’re all weak links, but no other Seattle receiver this year is doing any better.

  57. mojjonation says:

    Mocarob…the name you are looking for is Chuck Finley. He was attacked, in his Porsche, while he was driving on I5, by Kitaen, wielding a stiletto high heel. That chick was crazy.

    Who called for Mike Williams? I pray you mean the guy from Tampa and not the guy we cut. Our Mike Williams was starting to look like the second coming of old Sean Kemp. Kemp was great before he left, and is a great guy now. But those middle years in Cleveland where he bloated….ugh.

    Rice essentially had one good year when favre was calling the plays and chucking the ball all over the yard. I can see why Rice isn’t flourishing here. Wilson doesn’t call plays if he doesn’t like the ones sent in. Favre has come out and said that if he didn’t like the play Bevell sent in, he called his own. With TJack and AP, Minnesota was absolutely nowhere. Bevell had one of the best backs in the league and they had a passing offense that was routinely below the middle of the pack. So when TJack, Rice, and Bevell made their way over here, there was no way they were going to make a lot of noise every game. There are enough stats floating around to prove that Bevell was a nobody unless Favre was throwing for him. So adding another wide receiver to this team, who makes big plays or not, isn’t going to improve things very drastically. Honestly, I don’t see Bowe as anything other than a younger TO with less between the ears. Other than Fitzy and Jerry Rice, has there been a dominant receiver that wasn’t a primadonna?

  58. PugetHawk says:

    If Kearse was any good he would’ve been signed to a different team which is the same argument that people are using for Burress, Owens, or Winslow. None of these guys are on teams but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be. Any way you look at it these four players will probably not make a difference this season for the Hawks.
    Bowe would take 4-5 games to get into rhythm and learn the scheme which could be great if we made the playoffs but its a long shot.
    Tate is a slot receiver and should get his head examined.

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