A recap of the day’s activities:
Brandon Jones. He’s the Seahawks’ new wide receiver, or newest receiver in this offseason of rampant roster moves.
Jones was signed today after being released Wednesday by the San Francisco 49ers. He spent part of his first day with the team huddling with receivers coach Kippy Brown to get up to speed before Tuesday’s practice, when the team will begin preparing for the Saturday night’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome.
To clear a roster spot for Jones, wide receiver Mike Hass was released – for the second time this month.
Jones, 27, entered the league as a third-round draft choice by the Tennessee Titans in 2005. After catching 112 passes for 1,380 yards in four seasons with the Titans, Jones signed with the 49ers last offseason. But he broke his shoulder diving for a pass in the end zone during a training camp practice and then returned to play in only eight regular-season games. He caught one pass for 18 yards, and it came in the 49ers’ game against the Seahawks at Qwest Field.
Where the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Jones fits with the Seahawks remains to be seen. Veterans T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch have been the starters, with reclamation project Mike Williams joining them in the three-receiver sets. Williams, who was out of the league the past two seasons, has five receptions in the first two games – including 51-yarder for a touchdown in the opener.
Also in the mix are Deon Butler, a third-round draft pick last year; and Golden Tate, this year’s second-round pick. Ben Obomanu had a productive game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night, gaining 17 yards on an end-around and catching a 3-yard touchdown pass.
The players were off Sunday and did not have to return today until early evening for meetings.
IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN
Tate caught two passes for 5 yards against the Packers and had one catch for 8 yards in the opener, as his game contributions have not come close to matching his impressive efforts on the practice field.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck can comprehend what Tate is going through while making the transition from being a star at Notre Dame – he won the Biletnikoff Award as the best receiver in college football last season – to NFL neophyte.
“He’s on a new team, a new program,” Hasselbeck said. “They’re probably working with him on technique things and they’re probably working with him on assignments and splits and all kinds of stuff. It’s a lot.
“I remember when I was a rookie (in 1998 with the Packers). It’s very difficult. I thought I had really good minicamps as a rookie, and I thought I had a good training camp.”
Then the Packers went to Tokyo for an American Bowl preseason opener.
“They might as well have been calling the plays in Japanese,” he recalled. “It was like I lost my mind. (Coach) Andy Reid called me in after the game and said, ‘You embarrassed me. What was that?’ I said, ‘I’m sorry.’
“So I feel for those guys. I’ve been there. It’s not easy.”