ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at the receivers with the highest percentage of targets of an individual team’s passing plays during the 2012 season.
Chicago’s Brandon Marshall was the clear No. 1 in this category, at 41 percent. But Percy Harvin was No. 2 with a 37.6 percent target rate in nine games with Minnesota last season.
Harvin was targeted 82 times in 218 passing opportunities with the Vikings. Sidney Rice was Seattle’s most targeted receiver last season, with 82 targets in 16 games. Seattle threw the least amount of any team in the league last year, averaging about 25 attempts a contest.
So it will be interesting to see how Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spreads the wealth in the passing game in 2013. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll already has said that the Seahawks will continue to be a run-based offense. But with quarterback Russell Wilson in his second season, the Seahawks likely will throw the ball more as well.
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Huy Nguyen of Seahawks.com remembers Tuskegee Airman George Hickman on this Memorial Day. Hickman served as a greeter for Seahawks and University of Washington football and basketball games. Hickman passed away on Aug. 20, 2012.
Scott Daugherty of the Virginian-Pilot covers Seattle safety Kam Chancellor’s annual cookout for his hometown community of Norfolk, Va.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated wonders which receiver will have more of an impact in 2013, Anquan Bolden or Percy Harvin, with Michael Crabtree out with an Achilles tendon tear.
Dave Hutchinson of the New Jersey Star-Ledger talks with Seahawks linebacker Ken Norton Jr. about Aaron Curry. It’s a good read that explains what happened during the Wake Forest product’s tenure in Seattle.
ESPN’s John Clayton pens an interesting article about the 2009 draft class Curry is a part of. Clayton reports that only 60 players from the 2009 draft class remain with the team that drafted them.
Clayton had a busy weekend, throwing out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game. Check out the video below.
John Boyle of The Everett Herald expects Russell Wilson to be even more prepared in his second season.
Mark Kizla of the Denver Post writes that the new base defense in the NFL is the nickel, which explains why Seattle placed a premium on securing the services of Antoine Winfield.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette and Quinton Patton will get an opportunity to earn the starting job at split end opposite Anquan Boldin with Michael Crabtree out.
Kevin Lynch writing for the San Francisco Chronicle believes that Lockette is a receiver to watch for with the 49ers.