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Target Watch: Preseason

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- Terrell Owens: 4, Anthony McCoy: 4, Sidney Rice: 4, Golden Tate: 4, Kellen Winslow: 4, Braylon Edwards: 3, Charly Martin: 2, Vai Taua: 2, Sean McGrath: 1, Deon Butler: 1, Kregg Lumpkin: 1, Ben Obomanu: 1, Michael Robinson: 1, Zach Miller: 1

I am a card carrying member of the Russell Wilson fan club and I’m hoping his receivers step it up and quick. Throughout the preseason he distributed the ball well and moved the offense, even with second rate receivers. Two of his top targeted receivers have been cut!

There is some good news with Sidney Rice finally healthy enough to play. He most likely will be Wilson’s number one receiver until he gets hurt again. After that, we have to hope Baldwin or Tate or Miller step up.


St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- Steve Smith: 13, Danny Amendola: 10, Lance Kendricks: 7, Austin Pettis: 5, Daryl Richardson: 5, Brandon Gibson: 3, Mike McNeil: 3, Isaiah Pead: 1, Mike Hoomanawanui: 1, Ovie Mughelli: 1, Matthew Mulligan: 1, Steven Jackson: 1

It looks like Bradford will continue to throw short to mid-range passes and focus on his possession receivers. Both Smith and Amendola have some value in points-per-receptions leagues going into the season.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- Mike Williams: 8, Vincent Jackson: 8, Doug Martin: 4, Preston Parker: 4, Dallas Clark: 3, Danny Noble: 2, LeGarrette Blount: 1, Zack Pianalto: 1, Luke Stocker: 1

Josh Freeman was not on target this preseason, but he did give his targets to the three best Bucs players. If all goes as planned these numbers look like the perfect split for us fake footballers.

Mike Williams should be the underneath/goal line receiver, Vincent Jackson the medium/deep threat and Doug Martin the outlet receiver. I like Martin the most, but if Freeman can get back on target, Jackson and Williams will have value in the NFC South.


Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- Kendall Wright: 14, Jared Cook: 9, Nate Washington: 7, Javon Ringer: 4, Craig Stevens: 4, Darius Reynaud: 4, Damian Williams: 3, Lavelle Hawkins: 2, Jamie Harper: 1, Chris Johnson: 1

Of course this is without Kenny Britt, but the news is good for rookie Kendall Wright. Besides playing well, he was Locker’s favorite receiver. If he can outplay Nate Washington in the first couple games, he might become a must start. But if he’s sharing targets with Washington and Cook, once Britt comes back, he’ll have a hard time staying consistent.


Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- Pierre Garcon: 14, Leonard Hankerson: 5, Santana Moss: 3, Niles Paul: 2, Fred Davis: 2, Chris Cooley: 1, Tim Hightower: 1, Josh Morgan: 1, Alfred Morris: 1, Dorson Boyce: 1.

These numbers jibe with what most of us noticed, that Pierre Garcon was RGIII’s go to receiver. But the numbers after that are tough to parse. Josh Morgan is listed as the #2 receiver, but we’ll most likely see him and Leonard Hankerson splitting time, while Santana Moss sees less time on the field as the slot receiver.

The lack of targets for Fred Davis is a little troubling, but this is a small sample size. It seems inevitable that Davis and Garcon will win the target battle as the season goes on.

Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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