Since taking over as a starter opposite Mike Williams, wide receiver Ben Obomanu has provided steady play and some big-play ability for Seattle. And after five years with the Seahawks toiling on the fringe of the roster as a seventh-round pick, the University of Auburn product finally has gotten a chance to spread his wings.
He has 30 catches and four touchdowns on the year, and is averaging 16.5 yards a reception, which is among the league leaders for players with at least 30 catches.
“A lot of guys earned their spot during training camp and no matter what happens, that’s their spot for the whole season. You’ve got to wait all the way to the next season in order to prove yourself. So the competition thing throughout the season has really given everybody an opportunity to earn what you want to accomplish.
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“It was something that I envisioned for myself going into training camp personally. But for it to actually happen is a surprise to me, too. But I’m grateful and humbled for it.”
John McGrath of The News Tribune believes Tennessee outcast Vince Young would be a good fit for the Seattle Seahawks in their search for a quarterback of the future. I do not.
Young is a game manager who played with perhaps the best running back in the league in Chris Johnson, appears to have little respect for authority and not a great worth ethic. I don’t think he would be worth the hassle, but McGrath makes good points about Pete Carroll’s other successful rehabilitation projects, including Mike Williams and Marshawn Lynch. And Carroll knows Jeff Fisher well because of their USC ties, so he would have the 411 on Young.
Ryan Divish of The News Tribune writes about the pressure on New Orleans to repeat as Super Bowl champs.
It’s a Blue Friday, which means the team asks fans to wear their Seahawks blue today. The 12th Man flag will be flying from atop the Space Needle today.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about Seattle’s running back trio of Justin Forsett, Marshawn Lynch and Leon Washington sharing the workload on Saturday.
Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com writes that the Seahawks will have to be more balanced offensively to beat the Saints this weekend.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune, Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times and KJR’s Hugh Millen and Mitch Levy discuss the Seahawks upcoming contest against New Orleans in this audio link.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the Falcons would not be upset if the Seahawks upset the Saints on Saturday.
Mark Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune takes a look at the matchup between Seahawks receiver Mike Williams and New Orleans cornerback Jabari Greer.
More Triplett: New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins (knee) and tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) made the trip to Seattle on Thursday but are still questionable.
Looks like Walter Jones will raise the 12th Man flag on Saturday, although no formal announcement has been made by the team.
Dave Goldberg of NFL Fanhouse predicts a 27-10 win for New Orleans.
Andy Benoit at CBS Sports predicts a 35-13 Saints win.