Dec 1, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate (11) celebrates with teammate Ben Obomanu (87) after Tate scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Eagles, 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets’ Profile: WR Ben Obomanu


For this morning’s profile, we take a look at your newest member of the New York Jets. Just signed yesterday after David Garrard officially retired, he was getting workout time at wide receiver and on special teams. His career to date has been with the Seattle Seahawks. Spotlight is on wide receiver Ben Obomanu.

Ben stands at 6’1″, and weighs in at 204 pounds. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Seahawks, and after spending a year with the practice squad, made the active roster out of training camp in 2007.

Take a look at his stats to date:

SEASON TEAM GP REC TGTS YDS AVG LNG TD FD FUM LST
2007 13 12 29 180 15.0 30 1 9 0 0
2009 14 4 5 41 10.3 12 0 4 0 0
2010 15 30 50 494 16.5 87 4 17 0 0
2011 16 37 61 436 11.8 55 2 16 0 0
2012 8 4 9 58 14.5 36 0 1 0 0
Career 66 87 154 1,209 13.9 87 7 47 0 0

And here is how he has done on the special teams:

Returning Stats PUNTS KICKOFFS
SEASON TEAM GP ATT YDS TD FC LNG ATT YDS TD FC LNG
2007 13 0 0 0 0 0 4 88 0 0 25
2009 14 0 0 0 0 0 11 293 0 0 45
2012 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Career 35 0 0 0 0 0 16 381 0 0 45

For those of us unfamiliar with Obomanu, take a look at some video on him from Seattle:

Ben Obomanu clearly has talent. He has a history of injuries that have limited him in past seasons, no doubt. But there is a reason the guy is still in the league. He is fast and has excellent hands. Good tools for a wide receiver, wouldn’t you say?

The Jets need a wide receiver with experience. I know that most of us want it to be Braylon Edwards, but the more time goes by, the more it seems like it won’t be him. So, if not Braylon, why not this guy?

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  • upstatenyfan

    Obamanu is better than Edwards in every way… he is awesome in special teams, has a good attitude, doesn’t drop the winning catch half the time (like Edwards does). And is a genuine football player, never takes a play off. I would take a team full of Obamanus over a team full of braylonds any day…

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks for your thoughts on Obomanu. I admittedly haven’t seen as much of him as you probably have. I hope you are right about him. That’s for sure.