Monday, July 30, 2012

Position Analysis: WR

Roster spots available: 5 or 6 (most likely 5).

Locks: Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate.

Looking Good: Ben Obomanu, Ricardo Lockette.

Longer Odds: Deon Butler, Chris Durham, Antonio Bryant, et. al.

While the competition to win the starting position across from Sidney Rice intensifies, the roster spots are more nailed down than one would think. I don't see Butler, Bryant or Durham making the team unless they keep a sixth receiver or someone gets hurt.

Tate appears committed this season to becoming a professional instead of relying upon his pure athleticism. He worked out with Larry Fitzgerald in the off-season which should have taught him a thing or two about being a pro.

Lockette is hard to overlook because of his speed and size. He maybe raw, but he is making plays in camp. Hopefully these efforts will translate during exhibition games.

Obomanu is steady. He may have limited upside but he can be counted on. QBs know where to find him. He plays special teams.

These three receivers all bring different qualities to the position. Maybe they will work well in a rotation?

Overall, if Rice is healthy and Baldwin does what he did last year, the team will be ahead of where they were in 2011. Mike Williams didn't give the Hawks much last year opposite Rice, so hopefully someone will step up to provide the offense with another weapon.

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