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Week 1 vs. SF
Receiving: 3 / 36 / 0 on 5 targets
Carlson was targeted on the very first play, but Hasselbeck's errant throw was intercepted. Carlson seemed to be a big part of the game plan, though they didn't force the ball to him. He made a spectacular one-handed catch late in the game, showing why the Seahawks have such confidence in him.
Week 2 vs. DEN
Receiving: 5 / 48 / 0 on 10 targets
Carlson may have the best chance at consistency than any Seattle receiver. He's sort of 1A to the collective WR corps, having tied for the most receptions (5) and was basically in a three way tie for the most reception yards. Hasselbeck threw to him in all kinds of situations, including a long pass near the goal line. But the defender made a very good play at the last second and took away what was looking like a sure score. Importantly, he was a regular part of the passing game, not merely a checkdown option.
Week 3 vs. SD
Receiving: 5 / 61 / 1 on 9 targets
It seemed like San Diego was playing off of everyone so they wouldn't be beaten deep, but meanwhile Carlson absolutely ate up the middle of the field. He led the team in receptions and yardage, and even added a tough touchdown catch for good measure. He fought for possession on the touchdown with San Diego LB Brandon Siler. Carlson actually may have used Siler's arm to help himself maintain possession, but the play was reviewed and upheld as a score without debate. Carlson joined in the parade of tight ends in recent seasons who have had big games against San Diego, and it could have been even bigger were it not for a hurried pass by Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck moved around pretty well in the pocket, and bought a ton of time on one particular scramble. He launched a pass down the right sideline in the direction of Carlson. Had the ball been thrown on-point, it probably goes for a score. As it was, the pass was well overthrown and fell incomplete. On another play, Hasselbeck intentionally threw it a bit behind Carlson to keep it away from the defender in the end zone, but Carlson wasn't able to corral that one either.
Week 4 vs. STL
Receiving: 1 / 15 / 0 on 3 targets
Carlson got one nice downfield reception when he sat down in a soft spot in the zone defense and Hasselbeck got enough time to find him, but he didn't get his hands on another ball all day.
Week 6 vs. CHI
Receiving: 2 / 21 / 0 on 4 targets
Disappointing day for Carlson who really looked out of synch
with this offense on Sunday. He had a nice catch on an underthrown
pass from Hasselbeck, but undid this feat with a drop later in the
game. Hasselbeck just did not look his way for most of the game and
the emergence of Williams and Lynch will likely take a lot away from
Carlson's production. He never looked confident playing and just not a
weapon of interest for Hasselbeck on this day.
Week 7 vs. ARI
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 6 targets
There were some targets and a couple balls we would have liked to see him catch but he also is being asked to block a lot right now. Arizona did a good job of blanketing him and also respecting him working the middle of the field. Hasselbeck tried to throw it a couple times deep down the middle of the field but Carlson was pretty well covered. Hang in there with Carlson if he is your TE2 because Seattle is going to have some opportunities on their schedule coming up and also during the playoff runs.
Week 8 vs. OAK
Receiving: 3 / 47 / 0 on 4 targets
Carlson had a quiet day but did have the first big play for the Seahawks offense. He got wide open on a corner route as Hasselbeck found him in stride for a 35 yard pickup. His 3-47 line was tops for all Seattle receivers.
Week 9 vs. NYG
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 2 targets
Carlson still has his moments as a receiver, but they are fewer and fewer as the season wears on. The skill is still there, and if the Seahawks ever got to the red zone, he might remind us that he's a pretty decent target. But the main problem is that the offensive line is weak, and so Carlson is relied on to stay back in pass protection more often than not on passing downs. Typical of many of the Seahawks receptions today, on one short catch over the middle, the ball was thrown too near to the ground, so he was unable to gain any yards after the catch. He really had no chance to contribute.
Week 10 vs. ARI
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Carlson was simply not being used as a receiver. His frst target came in the fourth quarter and he did not record a catch. Don't expect this to change much either, since a big part of the Seahawks success was due to improved pass blocking.
Week 11 vs. NO
Receiving: 3 / 14 / 0 on 4 targets
Carlson teased us by being Hasselbeck's first target of the game, which he caught, but it was only for a one yard gain. He was also targeted inside the ten, and had a couple of other short gains, but overall, the Seahawks preferred to keep him in pass protection.
Week 12 vs. KC
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 2 targets
John Carlson does not appear to have a significant role in this offense and his only catch of the day came on a short hitch route for 3 yards.
Week 14 vs. SF
Carlson was targeted once near the goal line, but the throw was hurried and not even close to catchable.
Week 15 vs. ATL
Receiving: 1 / 31 / 0 on 1 targets
Carlson had a 31 yard big pass play over the middle as his QB made a terrific throw but did little else in this game as he has somewhat lost his role in this offense with the emergence of his wide receiver teammates.
Week 16 vs. TB
Receiving: 3 / 27 / 0 on 4 targets
After being under-utilized as a receiver all season long, Carlson was targeted a bit in the final frame. On his first chance though, he dropped the ball. His next chance was on a big 4th and 8, and he pulled in the hard pass over the middle for a first down. On his third catch, he fought hard for extra yards but didn't get them. Still, given that he has been largely ignored, it's nice to see that he can still get open and catch the ball. With Hasselbeck a likely scratch next week, Whitehurst could look his way again.
Week 17 vs. STL
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 3 targets
The Seahawks continue to ask Carlson to block more than FF owners would like to see. Week 17 was no different as he managed just 1 catch for 3 yards.
Week 18 vs. NO
Receiving: 3 / 17 / 2 on 3 targets
For a player with his abilities, Carlson was largely ignored throughout the regular season, catching just 31 balls and one touchdown. In this game, however, he looked like as viable a red zone target as anyone on the field. He caught two touchdowns --- one from 11 yards and one from seven. His touchdown from 11 showed off his running ability as he hit the seam and hauled in the pass from Hasselbeck. The second touchdown also showed off some athleticism. A creative playcall, Carlson faked as if he was blocking and fell to the ground. Once the safety bit on the fake, he quickly got up and was wide open at the goal line.
Week 19 vs. CHI
Receiving: 1 / 14 / 0 on 1 targets
John Carlson suffered a head/neck injury on his first reception of the game as he fell awkwardly on the hard surface near the sideline. He did not return.