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Terrell Owens will make his Seattle Seahawks preseason debut on Saturday night when his new team travels to Denver to take on the new-look Broncos.
The Seahawks signed the 38-year-old wide receiver on Aug. 6 and hope Owens has retained some semblance of the form that made him one of the league’s most productive pass-catchers from 1998-2008.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll declined to specify how Owens would be used in Saturday’s game, but did say he would take the field early. Owens has not seen NFL game action since Week 15 of the 2010 season when he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. He underwent surgery for a torn ACL last offseason and went unsigned during 2011 despite his best efforts to find a team willing to take a flier on him.
“He’s ready to go,” Carroll said. “He had two good weeks of work, and he came in in great shape so he’s ready to go.”
Owens is battling for a roster spot with a group of inconsistent or unproven receivers including offseason acquisition Braylon Edwards, injury-prone Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Ben Obomanu, Deon Butler and Ricardo Lockette.
No Seattle receiver eclipsed 60 catches, 800 yards or four touchdowns with Tarvaris Jackson under center last season. Baldwin led the group with 51 receptions for 788 yards and four touchdowns.
While Carroll will be closely monitoring Owens on Saturday night, free agent pick-up Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson will continue to stake their claim for the starting quarterback job. Flynn will get his second consecutive start while Jackson once again is not expected to play.
Speaking of quarterbacks, Peyton Manning will make his first home start in Denver in the contest, so feel free to upgrade to that extra large bucket of popcorn.