Seattle's Engram out 6-8 weeks
The receiving core for the Seahawks continues to get thin. A torn ACL will ruin Deion Branch's season, and now Bobby Engram will miss the next 6 to 8 weeks of Seahawks activity with a broken shoulder. Normally the big question is who will step up next to Nate Burleson and be a #2 target, but the more glaring issue is what this does to Matt Hasselbeck's stock.
Granted Engram will only be out a month of the regular season, but who knows how productive he will be afterwards? He had a fantastic 2007 but has had an injury-riddled career to this point. Burleson is not a true #1 receiver but considering the circumstances he should be getting a lot of looks.
Matt Hasselbeck is being taken around when Carson Palmer, Donovan McNabb and Derek Anderson are being picked off the draft board. Expect Hasselbeck's stock to drop a bit, as it probably should have anyway with Branch's injury and DJ Hackett's departure. Still, the Seahawks are no longer the rushing juggernaut they were in the early-mid 2000's with Shaun Alexander. Last year's pass-happy version is still what we should expect, so Hasselbeck should retain value because of his volume throwing if nothing else. But with the lack of quality targets, he is sure to suffer in completion % and less deep plays.