Seahawks watch list: Guys to keep eye on | 2012 NFL predictions

Version 1.0 – Offensive threats galore

With the OTA’s starting last week, it is the perfect time to look ahead at the upcoming season and predict who I think will be the offensive playmakers for the Seattle Seahawks.

With the possibility of a new QB under center for the Seahawks, this years offense has the ability to be extremely explosive, more so than the second half of last year.

With that, I start my list with the new kid on the block. 

#10: Matt Flynn QB

I do think that Matt Flynn will win out the starting job this summer. There is a lot of opposition to my thoughts on this, with many people thinking that rookie Russell Wilson will win out. I just don’t see it happening.

Though not a rookie, this will be Matt Flynn‘s first chance at calling the plays on a regular basis for a team. I think that he is up to the challenge, and will do extremely well for the Hawks.

Prediction: 3,200 yards passing, and 23 TD passes.

#9 Doug Baldwin WR

Coming off of his breakout season, Doug Baldwin took the NFL by storm, or at least caught a few teams off guard. Used on special teams, and as a WR, Baldwin was the jack of all trades for the Hawks last season.

I expect him to be the number two WR on this years team, especially because of the uncertainty of Sidney Rice, Mike Williams and Golden Tate.

Prediction:900 receiving yards, 10 TD receptions.

Matt Flynn

Can Matt Flynn lead the Seahawks to the promised land? (photo espn.go)

#8 Deon Butler WR

Last year was a year that Deon Butler would probably like to have a mulligan on. Only five games played with 0 TDs on 51 yards receiving.

I think he will have a bounce back year. He probably won’t put up the numbers I’m predicting out of Doug Baldwin, but I do think he will be closer to his totals in 2010.

Now only if he can stay healthy and play all 16 games.

Prediction: 500 receiving yards, 6 TD receptions.

#7 Jermaine Kearse WR

Don’t expect Jermaine Kearse to be beating down the doors of our receivers and getting a starting spot, but do look for him to make an impact on special teams.

A product of the Washington Huskies, Kearse will already have great support from the 12th man.

Prediction: 200 kick return yards. (Likely won’t see much action, but since he is a product of the Huskies, I included him. He’ll be on the practice squad for sure.)

#6 Zach Miller TE

After a very disappointing first year in Seattle, Zach Miller will be looking to turn it around this upcoming season. Without a single TD to his name last year, the Hawks will have to look to get him back on track.

Good news for him, John Carlson is no longer on the team. Bad news is, Kellen Winslow now is on the team.

Prediction: 300 yards receiving, 2 TD receptions.

#5 Robert Turbin RB

Rookie Robert Turbin is a very lucky man. Coming into camp with third down specialist Justin Forsett now out of the picture. This job is his for the taking, and I think he will do just that.

As the WAC offensive player of the year last year, I think he has plenty to prove to his new club, and I think he will take every advantage possible to do that.

Prediction: 450 yards rushing, 5 TDs.

#4 Ben Obomanu WR

With his numbers slightly lower last year than the previous year, Ben Obomanu is at a point in his career where he either will become a big time threat wide receiver, or just another guy on the team who can catch the ball sometimes.

I am pulling for him to have a breakout year. If anybody on this team deserves it, it is him. He has the ability to be a top three WR, and I think this year will be that year for him.

Prediction: 600 yards receiving, 6 TD receptions.

#3 Kellen Winslow TE

With another chance at a fresh start, the oft troubled and injured Kellen Winslow could have a breakout year for the Hawks. With his most dangerous possessions in the red zone, this gives the offense one more option on the shortened field.

I don’t see him getting anywhere near his career high of 1,106 yards back in ’07 with the Browns, but I do expect him to maintain his numbers that he had in Tampa Bay.

Prediction:700 yards receiving, 5 TD receptions.

Marshawn Lynch

With new contract in hand, will Marshawn Lynch build on last years triumphs?

#2 Sidney Rice WR

If, and this is a very, very, very big if, Sidney Rice can stay healthy for only the second time in his career, watch out! The combination of Flynn to Rice will be the talk of the NFC West.

Only once in the past five years has he played an entire season without injury, so these numbers all rely on him being healthy.

Prediction: 1,100 yards receiving, 8 TD receptions.

#1 Marshawn Lynch RB

Hopefully with his new contract in hand, Marshawn Lynch will start the season exactly where he left it last year. Running all over the defenses of the opposing teams.

Beast Mode made it all the way to prime time last year, plus a spot on the NFL top 100 team, and with a better offense around him, he will be able to come to the field with more ease, knowing that the offense isn’t all riding on his shoulders.

Prediction: 1,600 yards rushing, 15 rushing TDs.

The Seahawks have the chance to take over the top spot in the NFC West this year. With neither San Francisco, or Arizona really fielding better teams from last year, this is the Hawks chance to jump back on top in the division.


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  • Your numbers don’t seem to add up. You predict 3,200 yds passing for Flynn and state that he will win the starting job, and yet the receivers that you list add up to 4,100 yds just by themselves, and that is assuming Tate, Lockett, WIlliams, Robinson, et al. don’t catch any passes.

    • clinton

      Yeah I know they don’t, I was just seeing if anybody was paying attention.

      • Jim

        As a writer, you may want to keep your day job.

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