Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 15:

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times looks at Charlie Whitehurst, the Seahawks backup QB who is coming off a strong performance in the preseason opener. Offers O’Neil: “Whitehurst isn’t universally popular so much as polarizing among Seahawks fans. Some fans believe Whitehurst is a more viable starting option than Tarvaris Jackson, while another segment believes Whitehurst is closer to losing the backup job to undrafted rookie Josh Portis than becoming the starter. Quarterback is as close to politics as football gets, the position where knee-jerk reactions can become deep-seated personal convictions.”

Dave Boling of the News Tribune says Whitehurst continued to impress in practice on Sunday. Offers Boling: “All three quarterbacks looked good, but Charlie Whitehurst had another very strong practice when he passed with improved confidence. He gunned one into a small window to Pat Williams, and also was accurate on a couple short passes to the backs that he had missed on occasionally earlier in camp.”

Also from the News Tribune, Eric Williams examines the immediate impact of Sidney Rice, who is unlike any wide receiver in franchise history when it comes to his catching radius and pure athletic ability. Says Williams: “And so far on the practice field for Seattle he’s been as good as advertised, making several highlight reel catches during training camp, and drawing praise from both players and coaches for his play. ‘I think he’s just loaded with those kinds of plays,’ Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ‘He’s really, really talented. And he loves to compete in practice, which just fits so beautifully with the way we approach it. He’s embracing this opportunity to show who he is, and how he fits in and how we can count on him.’ ”

At seattlepi.com, Christian Caple looks at a pair of rookies from Stanford who are accepting the challenge of playing at the next level: cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Says Caple: “Witnesses of Seattle’s training camp this season cannot draw such conclusions based solely on the play of Sherman and Baldwin, both of whom have made strong cases for their inclusion on the 53-man roster. That’s more of a sure thing for Sherman than it is for Baldwin, who signed as an undrafted free agent, and as a receiver is entrenched in perhaps the team’s most competitive position battle.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers “next step” areas of improvement for each team in the NFC West coming out of their preseason openers. Sando on the Seahawks’ area of improvement: “The first-team offense lacked rhythm against San Diego. Tarvaris Jackson was without his top three wide receivers. Seattle lost its left tackle to injury early in the game. Jackson faced too much pressure and relied on his mobility to buy time. Jackson enters his second week of practices with the team seeking to build a rapport with his top targets. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 13 yards against the Chargers.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we check in with Tyler Polumbus, who will step in at left tackle while Russell Okung is recovering from the sprained ankle he got in the opener – just as Polumbus did twice last season: “Okung’s latest injury isn’t as serious as the previous two, and coach Pete Carroll is talking about getting him back for the regular-season opener against the 49ers in San Francisco on Sept. 11. But until then, it’s back to Polumbus. ‘We’ve been down this road a little bit last year,’ Polumbus said Sunday between on-field sessions at the team’s training camp. ‘Unfortunately, it’s a little bit of déjà vu for Russ. So that’s my role right now, and I’ve just got to be ready to go when my number gets called.’ ”

We also have a look at Sunday’s practice in words, pictures and video. And, there’s also the recap of how Whitehurst defended his title in the homerun derby after practice.


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