Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, September 4.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times reports that with the release of tight end Kellen Winslow, and addition of tight end Evan Moore, the Seahawks still feel comfortable with their weapons at the position, “Expect to see more targets for Zach Miller, more time for backup Anthony McCoy and maybe even a chance or two for Moore. ‘We’ll use all the guys with Zach and with Anthony,’ said Darrell Bevell, Seattle’s offensive coordinator. ‘Then we’ll continue throughout this week to find out exactly what Evan can bring for us and then we’ll fit him in accordingly.’ “
O’Neil also questions the decision to release Winslow, wondering if there are enough offensive weapons for a rookie quarterback to take advantage of, “It’s kind of funny, actually, to think that a team could go from having too many to not enough targets with exactly two roster moves. After all, the Seahawks acquired [Terrell] Owens and [Kellen] Winslow on the premise that they were not risking much. If anything went sideways, they could always cut them. And that’s just what Seattle did, and while the departure of Owens was not all that shocking considering he dropped as many passes as he caught in his two exhibition games, the release of Winslow was an out-of-the-blue shock. At least it was for anyone who has been watching practice. He was very involved with what Seattle was doing on offense. He was the receiving specialist in Seattle’s two tight-end sets, and someone who gave Seattle’s defense fits in practice. He is big enough to give defensive backs problems in coverage, and too precise a receiver to be covered by a linebacker.”
Lastly from O’Neil, he says the Seahawks no longer owe a draft pick to Tampa Bay for Winslow.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his practice report from Monday, which includes a note on guard James Carpenter, 2011′s first-round draft pick who practiced yesterday for the first time since his ACL knee surgery last December, “Carpenter spent all of training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list rehabbing his knee. But Seattle head coach Pete Carroll decided to put him on the active roster to begin the season because the organization thinks he’s close to getting back on the field. Now it’s up to Cable to get Carpenter ready. ‘There’s a process that’s just starting,’ Cable said. ‘So when you talk about playing the game and all of that, first you’ve got to figure out where he’s at. He’s been approved from the medical standpoint, but he hasn’t played any football. So there’s six weeks that the players have had, but he’s had none of that. And so that process has now started for him. So it’s a matter of getting him back in the playbook and back into drills. And getting his confidence to where we know he’s ready to play football again. That’s really what the plan is right now.’ “
Williams also details tight end Evan Moore’s first practice as a Seahawk, “New tight end Evan Moore made his first appearance at practice, and looked pretty explosive while getting some snaps in with the first unit. Moore is wearing No. 82, the same number Kellen Winslow wore when he was here. Moore said he flew in Sunday morning, and has been working ever since to learn the playbook so he’s ready to play this week against Arizona. ‘I went through camp, just like all of these guys did,’ said Moore, who was released by Cleveland during final roster cuts last week. ‘So I’m ready to go. Considering these guys just went through camp together, I’m kind of a new guy. You almost feel like a rookie. You walk into the building, and everybody’s looking at you like ‘Who’s this guy?’ There is a learning curve. But fortunately there’s a lot of translation between what we did in Cleveland and what we’re doing here – both terminology and schematically in X’s and O’s and all of that. So I’m fortunate that that’s the case.’ “
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune has a look at a pair of 2012 seventh-round draft choices – J.R. Sweezy and Greg Scruggs – who are excelling at the NFL level thus far, “J.R. Sweezy and Greg Scruggs watched for three days, and heard more than 200 names announced before they were drafted in the seventh round this past spring. Each day was an insult, every name a thorn they won’t forget. Until finally, they were invited by Seahawks GM John Schneider to come to the Refuge of the Overlooked, where Pete Carroll coaches a Roster of the Perpetually Motivated. ‘I am forever grateful to John Schneider and coach Carroll,’ said Scruggs, a Louisville product and the 10th and final player the Seahawks drafted, who has turned into a promising defensive lineman. ‘Those guys saw something in me, and they allowed me to get my reps and to get evaluated. They gave me a foot in the door, so I don’t want to make them look bad. I want to prove every day that they made the right decision.’ “
John Boyle of the Everett Herald recaps Carpenter’s return to the practice field, “…as expected, Carpenter returned to practice playing left guard, not right tackle, the position he played in college and for eight of his nine games last season. The Seahawks decided Carpenter is a better fit at guard — plus they like what they have in Breno Giacomini at right tackle — and Carpenter agrees with that assessment. ‘I’m going to be happy playing guard,’ he said. ‘I feel like that’s what I should be playing.’ When Carpenter is all the way back, he’ll have to beat out Paul McQuistan to earn a place back in the starting lineup. McQuistan, a versatile lineman who filled in at guard and tackle for injured players last season, did well enough to earn a contract extension with the Seahawks, and won’t be easy to displace.”
Liz Matthews of 710 ESPN Seattle has her take on Carpenter’s return, as well as notes from Monday’s practice.
Curtis Crabtree with 950 KJR AM brings us his notes from Monday’s practice, including this on wide receiver Golden Tate, “Although the team isn’t required to provide an injury report until Wednesday, WR Golden Tate did not participate during Monday’s practice. Tate tweaked a knee when he got rolled up returning a punt during Thursday’s preseason finale against Oakland.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com breaks down where the NFC West stands with their offensive line units, and has a couple of notes on Seattle, “The Seahawks have options, particularly on the interior, after rookie J.R. Sweezy emerged as a surprise candidate at right guard. Incumbent starter John Moffitt can back up the three interior spots if he’s not starting, as can Lemuel Jeanpierre. Former starting right tackle James Carpenter will become a candidate to start at left guard if his knee rehabilitation continues on schedule. He was expected to practice with the backups this week.”
The staff at NFL Insiders answers 20 questions as we head into Week 1 of the regular season, and the majority like the Seattle Seahawks as the team they expect to make “the biggest jump in 2012″, “20. Which team will make the biggest jump in 2012? Seattle Seahawks (6 votes) Carolina Panthers (4) Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans (2) Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts: Coach Pete Carroll has built an exciting young team in Seattle, and there are a lot of Wilson believers among our panel. With Newton at the helm, the Panthers are fully capable of challenging for a playoff spot in 2012.”
From the video side, we have Moore’s press conference following his first practice as a Seahawk, and in our Seahawks Daily Tony Ventrella catches up with Doug Baldwin, who also returned to practice Monday after resting a hamstring through the majority of the preseason.