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Is WR Burleson Finally Ready to Make a Big Impact for Hawks?

From: Pro Football Weekly

Recognizing the increased dependence his team has on him with D.J. Hackett having split the scene for Carolina and Bobby Engram continuing to steer clear of Seahawks headquarters due to contract concerns, we hear the light really appears to have gone on in the case of sixth-year WR-RS Nate Burleson. From the start of the Seahawks’ postdraft minicamp, our sources in Seattle tell us Burleson probably has been the team’s most consistent offensive performer up to now. “He is running consistently sharp routes, getting open and making catches,” one team insider said of Burleson, who previously has had a tendency to disappear when the team needed him most. “He also seems to have a much better understanding of the team’s passing game. Not only was he hampered by a thumb injury his first year in Seattle, he had to adjust to a much more up-tempo offense than the one in Minnesota and spent a lot of time just catching his breath. He really seems to get it now and is working a lot closer with (QB Matt) Hasselbeck.” With plans calling for Burleson to play a much bigger role in the Seahawks’ offense as a receiver, head coach Mike Holmgren would prefer to find someone else to return kicks, which is something Burleson does exceptionally well most of the time. We hear a host of candidates are lined up to help fill that role, including third-year pro Ben Obomanu and second-year pros Josh Wilson, Courtney Taylor and Jordan Kent.

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