Today’s countdown is really two questions in one because here on the blog we like giving you more bang for your buck. The two questions, which are pretty similar but just different enough to possibly merit different answers: 1) Who will leading the Seahawks in catches this season? 2) Who will lead them in receiving yards?
Here are the receiving numbers from last season:
- Sidney Rice led the Seahawks in both yards (748) and catches (50). That ranked him 48th in yards and 73rd in receptions in the league.
- Golden Tate checked in right behind him with 45 catches and 688 yards.
- Zach Miller had 38 catches for 396 yards.
- Doug Baldwin had 29 catches for 366 yards.
- And Marshawn Lynch (23 catches, 196 yards), Anthony McCoy (18, 291) and Robert Turbin (19, 181) round out the other significant contributors in the passing game last season.
That list, of course, doesn’t include the biggest X-factor in this whole just-for-fun debate: Percy Harvin, Seattle’s newest offensive toy. Harvin had 62 catches for 677 yards for Minnesota last season in just nine games, meaning he averaged 7 catches and 75 yards per game when he played.
It’s pretty safe to assume that Russell Wilson will pass for more yards this year, so that’s worth considering in all of this, too. Pete Carroll has previously said that he wants to make sure the ball is spread out, and the Seahawks could end up being like a stacked basketball team with five really good players: Individually, their stats might not blow you away but collectively the team is better for the parity.
If I had to pick, I’d say Harvin leads the Seahawks in catches while Rice leads the Seahawks once again in receiving yards. It’s just speculation, of course, but the interesting thing will be to follow how the Seahawks try to involve and take advantage of having so many weapons offensively.
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