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Week 1 vs. STL
Receiving: 7 / 74 / 1 on 11 targets
No signs of the ACL tear from last year as Burleson got a lot of quick targets. He was very productive running after the catch, and he got an easy TD by crossing the DBs face right on time as Hasselbeck hit him in stride. He's not a true #1, but this passing offense doesn't have one. He is definitely on the same page as Hasselbeck, and lines like this one should be common this year. Burleson did have one fumble in his own half of the field, but it didn't result any points for St. Louis.
Week 2 vs. SF
Receiving: 4 / 46 / 0 on 10 targets
Burleson had 4 receptions for 46 yards on Sunday and appears to solidly be the Seahawks second option among receivers. Impacting his production, however, is the Seahawks use of running backs and tight ends in the passing game. His low yards per catch were a result of not being sent on deep routes once Seneca Wallace entered the game. Burleson had a team-high 10 targets in he passing game (to go with 11 targets in week 1).
Week 3 vs. CHI
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 9 / 109 / 0 on 12 targets
Burleson was Seneca Wallace's favorite target against the Bears in Week 3, leading the Seahawks in targets, receptions and yardage. Burleson went over the middle and down the sidelines on shorter routes, often working back to the scrambling Wallace but most of all he was getting open to help out a consistently pressured Wallace. Burleson managed to top 100 yards but with nine catches and a long of only 24 yards, the short catches took a while to get up to the century mark.
Week 4 vs. IND
Receiving: 4 / 31 / 0 on 8 targets
Burleson was inconsistent. He had trouble getting open, and Wallace wasn't able to get him the deep ball --- mainly due to all-day pressure --- which Burleson typically excels in.
Week 5 vs. JAX
Receiving: 6 / 98 / 2 on 8 targets
Early on, Hasselbeck looked for Burleson deep, and almost got the ball to him. Before long he tried again. The result? A 44 yd TD, in which Burleson shed his coverage, broke two tackles, and outran two defenders en route to the end zone. Aside from the long reception, each of his other catches resulted in either a first down or a touchdown. Because he is more of a deep threat, he complements Houshmandzadeh's shorter routes, and so is not your typical number 2 guy. He gets the same amount of targets, and the way Hasselbeck is able to spread the ball around, that should continue going forward.
Week 6 vs. ARI
Receiving: 2 / 40 / 0 on 5 targets
Burleson's two catches both went for first downs, but his opportunities were too few to have a productive day.
Week 8 vs. DAL
Receiving: 6 / 89 / 0 on 12 targets
Nate Burleson was the beneficiary of teammate TJ Houshmandzadeh being in tight coverage all game. Burleson caught 6 passes for 89 yards including a 36 yard reception in the open field where Matt Hasselbeck found him on a deep out. Burleson's other receptions were all on crossing patterns, slants, and quick outs between 5 and 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. Outside of his 36 yard catch, the Cowboys quickly wrapped up the Seahawks receivers, Burleson included, making yards after the catch a rarity on Sunday for Seattle.
Week 9 vs. DET
Receiving: 7 / 75 / 0 on 9 targets
In a game where six different people finished with five receptions or more, Nate Burleson was probably considered the 'go to' guy for the Seahawks. Although he was well covered for most of the game, when Hasselbeck was looking for a WR, Burleson seemed to be the guy he was trying to hit. Burleson was the target of a couple deep passing attempts, including the big 25 yard gain where the defender stumbled, allowing him to get open. Burleson also worked the short crossing routes, getting open and making the short bread-and-butter plays that kept the offense moving and allowed the team to gain confidence after a shaky start. He was also active in punt returns, but given the five INTS that Matt Stafford threw, those opportunities were very limited.
Week 10 vs. ARI
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 5 targets
Burleson was held without a catch for the first time this season. He almost came down with a leaping catch for TD in extremely tight coverage, but couldn't hang on. With only five targets, it's almost as though he was a decoy out there. Hasselbeck tends to spread the ball around, but this bears watching. As Hasselbeck continues to get more comfortable with Houshmandzadeh, Burleson's opportunities could continue to drop.
Week 11 vs. MIN
Receiving: 6 / 100 / 0 on 8 targets
Burleson was the lone bright spot on the Seattle offense for this game. He was the guy that Hasselbeck looked to when he was trying to push the ball downfield, and Burleson made solid catches when the ball came his way. He helped Seattle to finally get on the board by making a nice one-handed grab late in the third quarter despite a clear interference by the Viking secondary. He had another play early in the second quarter where he caught the ball and fought two defenders and stretched to get the first down. Unfortunately, Burleson solid play wasn't enough to keep the Seahawks from being blown out by a tough Minnesota defense.
Week 12 vs. STL
Receiving: 4 / 46 / 0 on 5 targets
Burleson is still one of Hasselbeck's prime targets, but in this one, the entire passing game was overshadowed by the running game. Burleson was reliable, hauling in all catchable balls, but his opportunities were limited.
Week 13 vs. SF
Receiving: 5 / 54 / 0 on 7 targets
On the opening drive, Burleson looked confused as Hasselbeck threw to a perfect opening in zone coverage, but of course he wasn't near the ball. He ended the day as the Seahawk's most productive receiver, but that's not saying much.
Week 14 vs. HOU
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 50 / 0 on 3 targets
Burleson's best play of the day came on a backhand toss by Matt Hasselbeck that he turned up field for a 22 yard gain that led to the Seahawks' lone touchdown. On the play, Burleson adjusted his route from the right side of the field to come back to Hasselbeck, who was under pressure from the Houston line. Hasselbeck shoveled the ball to Burleson who worked his way through Houston defenders in to Texan territory.