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Week 2 vs. DEN
Receiving: 2 / 30 / 1 on 2 targets
Don't get too excited, but he scored his first TD since the 2007 season. He's strictly depth, but has played in the Seahawks system for some time. Still, he's no better than a 6th option in this offense. Make that 7th, now that Golden Tate is on the field.
Week 7 vs. ARI
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 1 targets
Hanging on to a roster spot for now. Clearly the WR5 on this club.
Week 9 vs. NYG
Receiving: 1 / 36 / 1 on 1 targets
Obomanu typically gets a few plays in each game and is targeted once or twice, but is generally an afterthought. Apparently for the Giants as well, as they let him get wide open behind the defense somewhow to score the TD that made it 41-7.
Week 10 vs. ARI
Rushing: 2 / 17 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 60 / 0 on 5 targets
Obomanu started opposite Mike Williams, and with the exception of one terrible drop (that would have been a sure TD), was a reliable target for Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck hit him easily on a fly pattern for a big 40 yard gain in which Obomanu showed good awareness in getting to the ball. He would have nearly hit the century mark in yardage if not for a holding call that negated a 38 yard reception. Obomanu got a lot of work for the Seahawks, not only catching the ball well but also with a couple of rushing attempts. He knows the offense well and could be a sneaky flex play while Golden Tate remains out with injury.
Week 11 vs. NO
Receiving: 5 / 87 / 1 on 6 targets
In his second straight game as a starter, Obomanu quietly has become one of Hasselbeck's most reliable options. He made a very good jump catch on a deep sideline ball, and got the Seahawks first touchdown. Working out of the slot in the red zone, he was wide open for a quick hit over the middle as Hasselbeck read the blitz perfectly. He actually would have gone over the 100 yard mark had his 23 yard gain in the final minute of the half not been called back on a holding penalty. On that play, he showed his strength, as he actually dragged a defender an extra five yards after the catch for (what would have been) a long first down. Obomanu contributed all over the field, and like Williams in the other WR spot, he caught all but one of his targeted throws.
Week 12 vs. KC
Receiving: 5 / 159 / 1 on 6 targets
Ben Obomanu's touchdown catch was as a result of a busted coverage by the Chiefs, although he showed good speed and his double move to set up the play was a nice one. Obomanu also hauled in a second deep pass from Hasselbeck to kick start the second half, and he did well to locate the pass. He caught a hitch route and was used in the screen game as well, so as long as Mike Williams is out, Obomanu could be valuable.
Week 13 vs. CAR
Receiving: 2 / 40 / 0 on 4 targets
Obamanu was a hot fantasy pickup, but he doesn't get a lot of looks in the passing game, even with Mike Williams out. He was able to break away for one 27 yarder, but wasn't much of a factor other than that.
Week 15 vs. ATL
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 8 targets
Obomanu's biggest contribution to his team won't even be acknowledged by most fans as it was on a 2 pt. conversion. His QB threw him a terrific in stride fade out and Obomanu showed great feet and concentration on the catch to stay in bounds. For the most part however, Obomanu's production was a victim of poor QB play and a lopsided level of possession of the football in Atlanta's favour.
Week 16 vs. TB
Receiving: 2 / 18 / 0 on 4 targets
Like the rest of the Seahawks receivers, Obomanu saw fewer targets than usual. He did seem to be Whitehurst's first look on most plays, but that didn't count for much since most of his passes were uncatchable. Obomanu made a few nifty moves for extra yardage on a short pass in the final quarter, and converted an impressive two point attempt by diving for the pylon after the catch.
Week 17 vs. STL
Receiving: 5 / 39 / 0 on 8 targets
--- Obomanu worked the field on almost nothing but short come back routes and screens in week 17 for the Seahawks. He consistently got away from coverage while displaying good route running. In the end he reeled in 5 catches to lead his team, but on just 39 yards.
Week 18 vs. NO
Receiving: 5 / 43 / 0 on 11 targets
Obomanu's emergence this season has been somewhat surprising. While he has been Seattle's number two receiver for the home stretch of the season, his skills seem to dictate that he wouldn't start on many teams league-wide. Nine of his 11 targets were classified as "short." Unfortunately for Seattle, their best two receivers seem to share the same skill sets. As mentioned earlier, Seattle might be better served grooming a young receiver in the game-breaking mold. League-wide, the most effective offenses seem to have a player who is a threat to break a 30+ yard play at any given time. Seattle doesn't appear to have that on their current roster.
Week 19 vs. CHI
Receiving: 4 / 68 / 0 on 8 targets
Ben Obomanu was a non-factor for the majority of the game as he too struggled to get off the jam and get open against the aggressive cornerbacks of the Bears. Obomanu's longest reception of the afternoon came on a late deep pass from Hasselbeck as the Seahawks exploited one of the weaknesses of the Bears Cover 2 --- the deep sideline over the top of the CB and in front of the safety. Other than that long catch, Obomanu may as well not have been out there.