Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 2.
Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune talks with second-year linebacker K.J. Wright, who Boling believes is on the brink of something special, “If I had to point to one young Seahawk on the verge of rising into a star, K.J. Wright would be my target,” said Boling. ‘I’m very comfortable now,’ [Wright] said. “I know the scheme, I know what the coaches expect of me, and I’m just trying to develop as a player; to understand more route combinations and make more tackles and more sacks and become a total package.’ ”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times comments on the relative quietness that is surrounding Seahawks training camp this summer – when compared to the last two seasons under Carroll, that is, “The flood of transactions that followed the start of camp the past two years? It’s more like a trickle this year. The suspense about when all the rookies will be signed? Every one of them agreed to contracts months ago. Extensions for veterans like center Max Unger and defensive end Chris Clemons mean the uncertainty about their future as potential free agents ended before it really began. Boring isn’t bad. It reflects a certain satisfaction — if not confidence — with the team as it’s assembled. It has also made things markedly less busy than coach Pete Carroll’s first two years in town, when the start of training camp signaled the beginning of a ticker tape of transactions.”
Scott M. Johnson of the Everett Herald brings us a piece on quarterback Matt Flynn, who Johnson says is a bit of a mystery to ‘Hawks fans at this time. To shed some light on Flynn, Johnson caught up with Flynn’s former Packers teammate Jordy Nelson, ” ‘They’re going to enjoy having him there,’ Nelson said via telephone earlier this week. ‘He’s a playmaker. He comes out and makes plays. They’ve got a good one out there. The games he put together, in the preseason and a couple of regular-season games, he has made plays. He’s not a guy who talks a lot — he’s got a calm demeanor, but he knows he’s going to make plays.’ ”
Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com caught up with rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner after Day Four of camp, “While pass rusher Bruce Irvin and quarterback Russell Wilson grabbed much of the attention during the Seahawks’ 2012 draft, you could argue Bobby Wagner might be the most important rookie in training camp. His speed and tackling instincts could elevate an already solid defense to a different level. ‘It’s crazy and physical, because it was competition Tuesday,’ [Wagner] said. ‘We just tried to get after it and make plays, you know, lots of picks and sacks. I feel like every day is a game. Every time you come out to practice, someone is trying to win a spot. If you come here asleep, somebody might take your job. You can’t have that happen.’ ”
Brock Huard of mynorthwest.com shares three observations after Tuesday’s practice in this short video.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth continues his Cortez Kennedy “Countdown to Canton” series, this time chatting with Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon. “Warren Moon did so many things during his 23-season professional career that spanned four decades, covered two countries and included NFL stops in Houston, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City,” said Farnsworth. “Like passing for 40.1 miles (or 70,553 yards) and 435 touchdowns. But there is one distinction Moon was able to avoid: Being sacked by Cortez Kennedy. ‘He did hit me, but he never sacked me,’ Moon said Wednesday. ‘There were a few times when he hit me just as I was throwing the ball. I would smile at him and say something like, ‘Oh you’re just a little bit too late.’ ‘ ”
Farnsworth also gives us this short post on Carroll’s praise for rookie DE Bruce Irvin, who shined in Tuesday’s practice before the players day off, ” ‘Bruce probably had the best play of the day, chasing down a reverse and then flying up beside (wide receiver Deon Butler) and knocking the ball loose that was recovered for a fumble,’ Carroll said. It was an oh-yes ending to an oh-no play for Irvin, the pass-rushing end from West Virginia who was drafted to help turn up the heat on opposing quarterbacks this season. ‘(He) got beat on the reverse then came back and took the football out of the guy’s hands because he is so fast,’ Carroll said. ‘That factor is just obvious.’ ”
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gives us a behind the scenes look at the first few days of Bing Training Camp in this “Camp Dayz” video.
Yesterday we welcomed fantasy contributor Scott Engel to Seahawks.com, who kicked off what will become a weekly fantasy contribution with a look at the Seahawks wide receiver corps and how they relate to fantasy football in 2012.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com looks back to the Seahawks’ loss of tight end John Carlson in the offseason, noting that the addition of Kellen Winslow can create that same dynamic combination at tight end with Zach Miller that they envisioned with Carlson, while adding more durability as well, “There is no way to know whether Carlson would have been injured had he remained with Seattle, but a clear pattern is emerging for the player Mike Holmgren once thought would end the Seahawks’ search for stability at the position. As Kevin Seifert notes, Carlson has suffered a serious concussion during a playoff game against Chicago, the shoulder injury in camp last year and now the knee injury — all since January 2011. Winslow has his own injury concerns. He’s practicing every other day to protect a chronic knee problem. But he hasn’t missed a game over the past three seasons. Winslow has played all 16 games in five of the past six seasons.”
Brian Billick and Taylor Jones at FoxSports.com have their Seahawks preseason report in this short video.