Seahawks receiver group looks richer than anyone expected It wasn’t supposed to be like this. After the Seattle Seahawks lost Paul Richardson in free agency Youth Customized Seattle Seahawks Jerseys , their receiving depth seemed to take a tremendous hit, especially if second-year pro Amara Darboh wouldn’t prove capable to step into a significant role. Despite the fact that Darboh remains even more inconspicuous today than he did as a rookie, the Seahawks have way more riches at the position than anyone expected a month ago.As of March 1, Seattle’s receiver depth looked something like this:Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Amara Darboh, David Moore, Tanner McEvoy, and Cyril Grayson.As of April 1, they added Marcus Johnson from the Philadelphia Eagles and Jaron Brown from the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks then opted not to draft a receiver and added no significant prospect in the UDFA category. By June, the team rounded out the depth with Brandon Marshall, Damore’ea Stringfellow, and Keenan Reynolds.The hope seemed to be that out of this group you could carve out one player who would uplift the offense next to Baldwin and Lockett. With the regular season just two weeks away, it really feels like Seattle’s coaches could have some internal arguments as to which one will start and how often at least two others should get in on the action, because there’s reason for a whole lot more optimism at the position than there was when training camp opened.A month ago, Brown seemed the best bet to take the lead because he’s 6’3, 200 lbs www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com , with five years of experience and a host of excuses after playing much of his time with the likes of Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert when Carson Palmer was unable to go. Brown seemed to have the potential for so much more than what he did in Arizona, and so far that’s what he’s shown. He’s drawn praise in both training camp and preseason play and Russell Wilson has shown some favoritism towards him thus far.That “baller” is David Moore, the 2017 seventh round selection who has clearly taken several steps ahead of Darboh at this point. Moore has caught five passes for 142 yards in the preseason, which does not mean much (I won’t start putting stock into preseason results now), but it does seem to be an echo of what he’s shown in camp and practices. The team released Moore a year ago, but probably because they knew that with his seventh round draft status and the depth of the receiver position league-wide, there was a very good chance that he’d make it to their practice squad. He did and he stuck around for the season, now getting his opportunity to make that leap in year two that many young players find after a rookie term of obscurity.The reality is that with Baldwin, Lockett, Brown, and Moore, Wilson should have enough to be able to run Brian Schottenheimer’s offense and spread the ball around (I actually wonder if Lockett starts to fade behind some of the other guys based on a career of inconsistency, or if this pushes him to become something greater as he enters year four, like Richardson did), but the “must-keep” breakouts at receiver didn’t stop there. Because Brandon Marshall seems almost certain to start at this point.Marshall became Wilson’s dependent go-to on Friday, which is what Pete Carroll said he needed to see.After his signing was brushed off by most as a “veteran camp body” in the likes of Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards (though Edwards did make the final roster), Marshall has seemed to be as effective now as you would have expected him to be a couple years ago with the New York Jets. He’s the biggest receiver and potentially the best run blocker in the group Seattle Seahawks Womens T-Shirt , so Marshall’s value is twofold in that regard, threefold if you count his 12 years of experience, and fourfold if you think he’ll work that much harder to end a career-long playoff drought.Baldwin. Lockett. Marshall. Brown. Moore.It’s hard to not feel better about those five than I’ve felt about any Seahawks receiver group going into the season since perhaps Carroll took over. Last year’s group had Baldwin, Lockett, and Richardson, but Richardson had done nearly nothing in his career up to that point (another reason for a Brown comp perhaps), and was rounded out by Darboh and Tanner McEvoy. If you consider Marshall/Richardson a bit of a wash for much different reasons than just a 1:1 comp, then Brown and Moore still feels like a significant upgrade to Darboh and McEvoy, even though Darboh was an unknown third round rookie.Moore feels like a legitimate starting NFL wideout in a way that McEvoy never did.Depth guys in the past have also included Ricardo Lockette, B.J. Daniels, Chris Matthews (2015), Lockette, Bryan Walters, Kevin Norwood (2014), and Edwards, Charly Martin, Ben Obomanu (2012).David Moore and Jaron Brown don’t seem to belong in the same category as guys like B.J. Daniels Seattle Seahawks Hats , Bryan Walters, and Charly Martin. These new additions feel like NFL receivers you can count on throwing to, not just depth players added for special teams value — which does have value, but surely does not bring the same amount of excitement.And we haven’t even discussed what Seattle has outside of the supposed top five.Darboh is not someone I’d be quick to get rid of after one season and the injuries that have held out him for so much of August feel like a Devil’s trick to get him off of the Seahawks and onto a team that’ll mine production out of him like the Kansas City Chiefs once did with defensive tackle Jaye Howard. Or he’ll fade off just like Norwood, Kris Durham, and Chris Harper.Keenan Reynolds is now in his third season out of Navy, still working on his transition from QB, and seemingly ready for a legitimate shot at the pros. It doesn’t feel like another year on a practice squad would really benefit him that much and if Seattle does cut him I almost wish him the opportunity to go to another team; you just won’t find out what he is until he gets out there in a real game and he’s already got two years on practice squads.Johnson is a player who stood out early on in training camp and seemed destined to earn a roster spot for his special teams ability alone, but as mentioned earlier, it seems a shame now to keep a receiver for special teams reasons when offensive benefits have such a bigger payoff in the long run; the Seahawks could end up parting ways with Lockett in 2019 (just as they did with Golden Tate and Richardson), while Marshall would surely be looking at retirement if he even does stick with Seattle for the whole year. Looking at it in those terms, how many offensive players do you want to risk losing — like Moore, Darboh, even Reynolds — to have an extra gunner on coverage?Besides, Michael Dickson doesn’t even need you to down punts, dude’s sticking it on the one-yard line and poppin’ it o.o.b.Finally, Stringfellow has more than zero potential offensively and Grayson could be an above-adequate returner Seattle Seahawks Womens Hoodie , but the Seahawks may not have the “luxury” to keep guys like that because they have the luxury of at least five, maybe six actual receivers at the position ready to receiver. It makes you wonder if Seattle is going to be working the trade lines again during final cuts and getting some value out of the position few thought they had much value in to begin with. The San Francisco 49ers will be without another key offensive piece with leading rusher Matt Breida sidelined at least a week with an injured ankle.Breida hurt himself in warmups before Sunday's 43-16 loss at Seattle that officially eliminated the 49ers from playoff contention. Breida tried to play through the injury but eventually couldn't and left the game.He finished the game with five carries for six yards and three catches for 51 yards.Rookie Jeff Wilson fared well in just his second career game, carrying 15 times for 61 yards and adding eight catches for 73 yards. He also lost a disputed fumble near the goal line that coach Kyle Shanahan felt should have been ruled down by contact."He hits the hole and he runs hard," Shanahan said. "He's a very good zone runner. He doesn't mess around. He sets his track. When he sees an open gap, he puts his foot down and goes for it."Breida has been one of the few bright spots on offense this season for the 49ers, rushing for 744 yards and ranking third in the league with an average of 5.64 yards per carry.He got his chance because projected starter Jerick McKinnon went down with a season-ending knee injury a week before the opener. San Francisco also lost starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a season-ending knee injury in Week 3 and has struggled for any consistency on offense.The Niners will get a bit of a boost this week with the expected return of speedy receiver Marquise Goodwin to the lineup. Goodwin has missed the past two games while dealing with a serious family matter but was at the facility Monday and expected to be back at practice on Wednesday.Shanahan had challenged the Niners before their bye to come back focused for the stretch run of what has been a mostly lost season. Instead, San Francisco returned from the bye and lost 27-9 at Tampa Bay and then was hammered by the Seahawks.The 49ers will try to avoid tying a franchise worst with a third straight loss by at least 17 points at home on Sunday against Denver. The Niners had three-game skids of losses of at least 17 points in 1963, 1999, 2005 and 2016."We didn't play very well," Shanahan said. "That doesn't go into they didn't respond to my challenge. You have to play very good football to win games and we haven't done that enough consistently in all three phases throughout the year. Magic words don't make people different. I want people to focus and worry about what they can control. We have four games left. We know we're eliminated from the playoffs. So is this year over? This year has everything to do, for me, about next year."Shanahan also explained why he got so incensed at the officials after an offside call in the third quarter against Elijah Lee, who was trying to run on the field to replace Fred Warner while the Seahawks were in hurry-up mode.Shanahan said Warner's shoe fell off on the previous play and Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw it out of the way, forcing Warner to run and pick it up behind the line of scrimmage and Lee to try to rush on to take his place."I'm not saying he did that maliciously or anything. Who knows?" Shanahan said. "But it was an unusual situation and it was my tipping point."NOTES: Edge rusher Dekoda Watson will be placed on IR with a torn calf muscle. ... S Jaquiski Tartt will miss this week's game with a stinger.