biju wrote:I'm extremely curious to see how Seattle uses Deion Branch and Nate Burleson. In two wide sets I assume that Housh is going to play flanker and in 3-wide sets he'll probably come in and play slot in certain cases (depending on 1st down distance). But there isn't a solid grasp on who will line up opposite of Housh in those 2-wide sets. It would seem that Burleson is better suited to lengthen the field as he's more deep-friendly and Branch is more of a T.J.-lite in this offense.
Also, while I wouldn't necessarily call it a battle, I'm interested in how Seattle will use Justin Forsett as Knapp has mentioned a rotation. For that matter, with a similar build I would think Devin Moore has to be in the picture as well because what he lacks in experience he gains in sheer speed.
I've been hearing that Branch is nowhere near 100% on his knee. You've been hearing different? I think he might be done for the career. I'm pretty sure I've read reports that say he is a borderline bench WR and might even have to fight to line up in 3 WR sets (especially if they start splitting Carlson out like they said they will).
The bits I've been hearing (and they aren't too common) is that while his knee is fine he doesn't have--and may never again have--the same mobility he did before. For someone like him who basically relies on being quick that could be a real problem.
But I haven't seen any local reports that his knee is bad, just that he's overpriced for being what will amount to a 2nd stringer who fits in ok in 3 and 4 wide sets.
I'll continue to look though, because if he's healthy I actually think he can put up decent numbers. The problem is he's never healthy. But even if you're correct I don't see us dropping him outright not even a full year removed from our WR woes of 2008.
And yes, I keep hearing about Carlson going out wide as well. I'm thinking about going out to a practice to see what I can get from that...