Andy Benoit of Football Outsiders discusses the biggest hole for each team in the NFC West following the completion of the draft and the bulk of free agency.
And while Benoit notes that it’s hard to find a weakness on Seattle’s talented roster, he lands on the lack of a true vertical threat as something the Seahawks could continue to improve on.
Benoit says that Sidney Rice still can find ways to get deep, but lacks the pure deep speed that he had earlier in his career before the injuries.
Benoit: “Yes, newly-acquired Percy Harvin has terrific speed. His acceleration is even better. But Harvin’s build and skill set are those of an underneath, move-oriented playmaker, not a pure nine-route blazer. Harvin probably could lift a safety on vertical patterns, but there’s a reason he was rarely used this way during his four years in Minnesota. The Seahawks brought him in to be a more dangerous version of Antwaan Randle-El, not another version of Randy Moss.”
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ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that Marshawn Lynch was second in the league in rushing yards running against defenses with eight or more in the box.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated debates who will have the better season in 2013 – Green Bay’s Randall Cobb or Seattle’s Percy Harvin?
Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle discusses what the loss of Anthony McCoy means for Seattle in this audio link.
Adam Schein writing for NFL.com says that even with Michael Crabtree likely done for the year San Francisco still is the best team in the league.
Chase Stuart of Football Perspective takes an interesting look at wide receivers through the history of the game, analyzing their receiving yards compared to the rest of the team. Don Hutson tops the list at 49.1 percent. Steve Largent is 34th on the list at 31.6 percent, and Joey Galloway is 36th on the list at 31.5 percent.
Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports writes about the lovefest in the desert between quarterback Carson Palmer and new head coach Bruce Arians. It’s a good read, but let’s see if these two are still singing Kumbaya in November.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports takes a closer look at active players who are locks or on the cusp of making it to Canton after their playing careers are over.