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Trendspotting: Burleson worth a pickup

The receiver is more important to the Seahawks' passing game than his stats suggest

Updated: September 23, 2009, 12:11 PM ET
By Ken Daube | Special to ESPN.com

Last week, in an effort to talk owners of the Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith off the proverbial ledge, I pointed out that Smith did get 13 targets in his three-catch, 21-yard Week 1 stinker. Well, Smith had a similar number of targets in Week 2, and he converted them into eight catches and 131 yards this time around. Now that's a little more like what we expect from him, but nothing changed in terms of his chances. Opportunity matters almost as much as what a player does with said opportunity. ...

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