Panic Button: Seattle's WR situation

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is completing 48.5 percent of his passes with a 60.1 rating, but the Seahawks aren't worried about him at all. They know his struggles stem from what might qualify as unprecedented turnover at the receiver position over the first three games.

The bye week allows Seattle to address the situation in ways that go beyond the stopgap solutions of previous weeks. Bobby Engram, who caught 94 passes last season, should be back from a shoulder injury in Week 5. Deion Branch, sidelined by a knee injury suffered during the playoffs last season, also might make his 2008 debut.

Those options beat anything more Seattle might do to address the passing game. The Seahawks are past the point of hitting the panic button at receiver. Save for Billy McMullen's surprisingly strong performances, that button was about as effective as Samie Parker's four-day tenure as a receiving option with the team.

Hasselbeck might face another tough week when Seattle visits the Giants in Week 5. Seattle won't fix its passing game right away. We should expect improvement, however, as the season progresses and key players return to health.