A recap of the day’s activities:
Roster moves. What else could it be on a Tuesday? The Seahawks have made moves intended to improve the talent level on the roster. They have made moves to replace injured players. They have made moves to stockpile players at specific positions.
In all, they have made 226 moves since coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider were hired in January – including four more today.
The latest moves involved specific needs.
Running back Quinton Ganther was re-signed, because fullback Michael Robinson is questionable for this week’s game against the Raiders in Oakland after straining a hamstring in Sunday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals. Ganther was signed in March because of his versatility. He was released on Sept. 28 – also a Tuesday – as part of a flurry of five roster moves.
Tackle Breno Giacomini was signed to the practice squad, because left tackle Russell Okung got a high sprain of his left ankle against the Cardinals and is iffy for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. Tyler Polumbus will start if Okung can’t, but the Seahawks would then be without a third tackle to backup Polumbus and right tackle Sean Locklear. Giacomini was signed to the 53-man roster on Sept. 28, but released on Saturday when running back Chris Henry was signed off the practice squad to replace injured defensive end Dexter Davis on special teams.
Henry, who was released on Monday, was re-signed to the practice squad today. Defensive end Chris McCoy was released to clear a spot for Henry.
Mike Williams. Has enough already been said about the wide receiver who has jumpstarted his career since signing with the Seahawks in April? Can enough he said about Williams after he has caught 21 passes for 210 yards in the past two games?
“I’ve seen Mike catch a lot of passes and feel like we understand the spectrum of routes that he’s good at and the kinds of things that he can do,” said Carroll – who also coached Williams at USC, where he caught 176 passes for 2,579 yards and 30 touchdowns in two seasons.
“Mike can run all the routes and all that, he’s a good route runner. But it’s more how you count on him to come through and make plays just because of his stature.”
Ah, that stature. Williams is 6 feet 5, but plays even longer – not to mention bigger than 235 pounds.
“His stature really is an issue for guys and there’s no way to escape the fact that he’s 6-5 and has terrific hands. And he uses them to reach for the football in a way that makes him, you know, he can keep DBs that are right on him a long way from the ball.
“That’s kind of that asset that a lot of the big guys give you. The quarterbacks sense that after they’ve worked with the guys for awhile.”
Williams gave Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie fits while catching a career-high 11 passes on Sunday, especially when he contorted his body and used those hands to haul in a 16-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck on a third-and-1 play that prolonged a 7½-minute drive in the fourth quarter.
This week? It’s Nnamdi Asomugha, the Raiders’ three-time Pro Bowl corner who is 6-2 and as difficult to beat as his name is to pronounce.
OUT AND ABOUT
The players were off today, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t busy.
There were 11 charitable events on tap and those among attending were tight end John Carlson, who presented a $10,000 check to Snoqualmie Elementary School as part of the NFL Play 60 program; running backs Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett, who participated in a healthy sandwich-building contest at Juanita High School; defensive end Red Bryant, who made a Play 60 stop at Kennydale Elementary in Renton; cornerback Roy Lewis, who was at a Play 60 event at Robert Frost Elementary in Kirkland; offensive linemen Ben Hamilton and Tyler Polumbus, who were promoting flu shots at Virginia Mason Medical Center; and the entire rookie class – Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond, E.J. Wilson, Kam Chancellor, Anthony McCoy and Dexter Davis – which took part in the construction of a Play 60 youth fitness center at the Garfield Teen Life Center in Seattle.
STAT DU JOUR
Hasselbeck needs three victories to tie Dave Krieg’s club record of 70 for a starting quarterback. Krieg was 70-49 from 1980-71 for a winning percentage of .588. Hasselbeck is 67-56 for a .545 percentage.
The best winning percentage for a starting QB in franchise history? Glenn Foley, who won his only regular-season start for that perfect 1.000 percentage.
YOU DON’T SAY
“In our offense, and on our football team, it’s all about taking care of the ball. So Matt is he first guy that has to do that. And in that regard, he’s done a very good job the last couple weeks.” – Carroll on Hasselbeck, who has not thrown an interception in the past two games after having six in the first four games