What to Watch – Help for the Passing Game

By Kevin Garber

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Doug Baldwin is amazing at his job, and one of the most underrated receivers in the league. We’ve talked about this at length already in this very segment. Jermaine Kearse is a known quantity, a limited receiver that battles well and gets the occasional big play. Our TEs are sponsored by ACE bandages this season, as none of them can seem to stay healthy. That being said, there is some productivity in the passing game being found from some less likely sources.

Paul Richardson

Targets

Catches

Yds

YAC

TD

Drop

27

19

159

37

1

1

His line on the season isn’t awe inspiring, but for a rookie WR it isn’t bad. However, Paul Richardson’s line over the last two games tells a positive story.

Targets

Catches

Yds

YAC

TD

Drop

7

5

57

5

1

0

Richardson has the speed to be a deep threat that the team has lacked without Golden Tate this year, and really is the type of player that Russell Wilson’s arm is designed to take advantage of. However, he came in without a lot of weight and muscle and it has cost him in getting off the line and in battling for the ball. Earlier in the season it was common to see him losing hand battles with DBs, but the last few weeks he has learned to use his body more and protect the ball from the defense, which will earn him valuable trust from his QB as well as OC.

 

Kevin Norwood

Targets

Catches

Yds

YAC

TD

Drop

8

7

68

20

0

0

Kevin Norwood has very good hands, making him an immediately valuable asset in the passing game. That being said, he’s only been on the field for 134 offensive snaps this season. He hasn’t dropped a pass, he’s shown that he runs a pretty clean route, and he has produced well in his limited playing time. It is hard to say why he is seeing the field so little, but I hope to see more of him as the regular season comes to a close.

 

Robert Turbin

Targets

Catches

Yds

YAC

TD

Drop

18

15

173

151

2

1

Robert Turbin has provided a boost to the passing game out of the backfield this season. He hasn’t been Darren Sproles or anything, but he has put up some respectable numbers and helped the team. He put up similarly productive numbers in 2012, and as a complementary back it really is nice to see him helping with this dimension. Turbin out of the backfield gives the defense yet another wrinkle to have to consider, which makes play action and zone read plays just that much more productive.

 

Cooper Helfet

Targets

Catches

Yds

YAC

TD

Drop

17

10

176

63

2

0

Last of all I want to mention the stat line on the year for Cooper Helfet. He didn’t see a target until Week 5 and hasn’t played since Week 12. That being said, he has looked like possibly our most complete TE on the season. At 6’3” and running around 240 Lbs, he passes the eye test. He’s improved in blocking to at the very least offer an upgrade to Luke Willson and has shown some very interesting ability as a pass catcher. I really like this kid a lot, and would love to see him get a strong look the rest of the year as the possible future of the team at that position.

 

State of the Passing Attack

There are some players on this team who haven’t seen a lot of action this year, but with our pass offense sputtering most of the season they could be worth a look. We may be in a fight for home field advantage, but playing for the future may be the best way to improve the present. We have a talented QB, a great slot receiver, and some depth. That being said, developing those players we have to be able to open up the play-calling in time for the playoffs could make our offense nearly as devastating as our defense.

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