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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Seattle still short-handed at WR after moves

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Pos.Number on Seahawks Roster
NFL Average (4-3 teams)
QB32.7
RB54.8
WR55.6
TE33.1
OL98.8
DL108.8
LB66.5
DB89.3
ST43.1
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks brought in a long list of receivers today, but none possessed the seasoning of Joe Horn, Keenan McCardell or other established wideouts.

The apparent choice, Billy McMullen, gives Seattle five receivers on the roster. The team placed Nate Burleson on injured reserve while waiving Jordan Kent.

The chart shows how Seattle's roster numbers compare to averages for other teams with 4-3 defensive schemes, based on roster moves made through Monday. I differentiate between 4-3 teams and 3-4 teams because they have different priorities, notably in the defensive front seven.

The numbers for Seattle are a bit misleading. Receivers Deion Branch and Bobby Engram remain sidelined by injuries. Both are counting in that five-man total. If Seattle does not sign another veteran, the team could always sign Michael Bumpus from the practice squad. That move could wait until the weekend. McMullen, Logan Payne and Courtney Taylor are the only healthy receivers on the roster pending another move.

Seattle could make room for another receiver by reducing its numbers at kicker. The team has carried Olindo Mare and Brandon Coutu on its roster since training camp. Seattle decided to keep 10 defensive linemen, including Baraka Atkins and Jason Babin. Those moves make sense because Atkins and Babin are clearly among the team's 53 best players.