Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell addressed the juggling that will take place at receiver with Mike Williams done for the season after ankle surgery today.
Ben Obomanu will take Williams’ place in the starting lineup, although he’s already been playing significant snaps during the game as a reserve. Tate will continue to start at flanker. Along with those two, Doug Baldwin, Deon Butler and Ricardo Lockette will carry the collective load for the receiving group.
Bevell said the group offers some versatility.
“All our guys are a little bit different,” Bevell said. “What Mike is – he’s the big, physical receiver. You can throw it to him and he’s going to body-up guys. And Ben’s a different style receiver. You saw him make a play down the field last week, and you can think of a couple others where he’s done it. He’s got good speed, and he’s got good quickness. And he knows what he’s doing.”
So is size a concern, with Sidney Rice, Mike Williams and Kris Durham – all 6-4 or taller – out for the year?
“We definitely got shorter,” Bevell said. “We don’t have the big receiver now. But I think you’ve seen our guys, in particular last week, a new guy has stepped up every week. Doug’s made big plays. And Golden has made big plays the last, couple weeks. You saw Ben catch a couple.
“So there’s guys out there making plays regardless of their size. We just have to use the skills that they have and try to get them open.”
Bevell also said that all three tight ends – Zach Miller, Anthony McCoy and Cameron Morrah – have the ability to flex out and line up out wide as a receiver if the Seahawks need a big target out on the perimeter.
Also, don’t expect Lockette out there for a bunch of plays with Williams out, as Bevell said there’s still a learning curve to think about.
“We’re still bringing him along,” Bevell said. “I think there will be opportunities to be able to get him in there. He’s going to be up, but we have to make sure we’re start in what we ask him to do.”
Teams are not required to make an injury report available on Tuesday, But Richard Sherman and David Hawthorne did not take reps with the first-unit defense today. K.J. Wright worked at middle linebacker, and rookie Mike Morgan took Wright’s place at strongside, outside linebacker.
Byron Maxwell worked at left cornerback in place of Sherman.
Also, defensive end Red Bryant and wife Janelle are expected to have their first child, a boy, tomorrow.