Seahawks sign WR Greg Herd, release Matt Austin

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The Seahawks have signed Eastern Washington standout WR Greg Herd to take WR Matt Austin's roster spot. The Hawks cut Austin and the release notes that he 'left the squad,' for undisclosed reasons. At 6'3, 203 pounds, Herd is a similar player type to Austin, and was Eastern's second leading receiver in 2012 - catching 66 passes for 952 yards at a nice 14.4 ypc clip. He also rushed 5 times for 44 yards.

At his pro day, Herd ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds, had a nice 7.00 three-cone time, a 4.34 short shuttle, and a 33.5" vert. He broad jumped 10-9, which is also very good, and put up 13 reps on bench.

Herd originally signed with the Cowboys as a UDFA, but was evidently released at some point. Seattle continues the churn.

Here's what Tony Pauline's scouting report on Herd has to say:

Positive: Consistent college wideout with soft hands. Plays with quickness, agility, and instincts. Looks the ball into his hands, effectively tracks the deep throw, and exposes himself to the big hit in order to come away with the reception. Gets vertical over defenders, contorts in midair for difficult catches, and fights to make receptions.

Negative: Gives poor effort blocking. Lacks the second gear and deep burst.

Analysis: Herd was a solid college receiver and made the most of Eastern Washington's passing offense. He has speed limitations yet offers reliable hands, which will get him into camp this summer.

Here is some more tape on Herd:

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