On this date: First round of draft delivers Walter Jones and Shawn Springs

Walter Jones, Shawn Springs

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 19:

1997: After selecting cornerback Shawn Springs with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Seahawks traded into the sixth spot to take tackle Walter Jones. The incomparable Jones would be voted to a club-record nine Pro Bowls and have his No. 71 retired after he called it a Hall of Fame career following the 2009 season. Springs also was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1998 and started 88 games in seven seasons with the team.

2002: Brock Huard is traded to the Colts for a fifth-round draft choice the Seahawks would use to select defensive tackle Rocky Bernard. Huard, who also played at the University of Washington and Puyallup High School, had been the Seahawks’ third-round draft in 1999 and would return to the team for the 2004 season.


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Russell Wilson NFL Rookie of the Month

When you lead your team to five consecutive victories and also tie the league’s rookie record for touchdown passes, it should be worth something.

For Russell Wilson, it was. The Seahawks’ quarterback was named NFL Rookie of the Month this morning.

Wilson, a third-round pick in April’s NFL Draft, definitely had a December to remember. While leading the Seahawks into the playoffs, the rookie fashioned a 115.2 passer rating by completing 74 of 113 passes for 1,067 yards, with nine touchdown passes and two interceptions. He also ran for 262 yards and three more TDs as the Seahawks dispatched the Bears 23-17 in overtime, the Cardinals 58-0, the Bills 50-17, the 49ers 42-13 and the Rams 20-13.

Along the way, Wilson had a game with four TD passes (against the 49ers), another with three TD runs (against the Bills), another where he completed almost 80 percent of his passes (78.9 on 15 of 19 against the Rams) and his TD pass against the Rams was his 26th — tying the NFL rookie record set by Peyton Manning in 1998.

Wilson joins left tackle Walter Jones (October, 1997), defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (September 2002) and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu (December/January 2005) as the only Seahawks to win the monthly rookie honor.


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Wednesday in Hawkville: Mebane comes out pumping and bumping

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 26:

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Pumps to the bump. That’s what nose tackle Brandon Mebane calls his celebratory dance after getting a sack, which he did twice in Monday night’s victory over the Packers at CenturyLink Field.

What does it look like? Think an undulating waterbed.

Where did it come from? Blame former teammates Rocky Bernard and Chuck Darby.

“Actually, I started doing that my second year,” said Mebane, who was a third-round draft choice in 2007. “Because my first year, Chuck Darby and Rocky Bernard told me if I get a tackle for loss or a sack, I’ve got to break it down, I’ve got to do a dance.”

Mebane had two sacks as a rookie and then collected 5.5 in 2008. But he had only 2.5 in the next three seasons.

“They’re hard to come by,” he said. “So you’ve got to get some kind of celebration going on.”

So “pumps to the bump” it is.

The reaction to Mebane’s double-dip of pumps and bumps seemed to be mixed.

“He should be fined for that,” linebacker Leroy Hill cracked. “I call it the belly roll, and I don’t have enough belly to do it.”

But defensive end Red Bryant offered, “I love it. I wish I could do it. Last year against Chicago when I was able to get a touchdown I tried to do it, and I couldn’t do it. But I love it.”

The 311-pound Mebane just laughed – and yes, it was a belly laugh. “I’ve got that stomach,” he said. “So you’ve got to do it.”

PLAYER WATCH

James Carpenter. His long road to getting back on the field for a game continued today when the team’s first-round draft choice from 2011 worked at left guard with the No. 1 line. Carpenter has not played since severely damaging a knee during practice last November, but coach Pete Carroll says the goal is to get Carpenter some work in Sunday’s game against the Rams in St. Louis.

“Carp is alive and in action this week,” Carroll said. “Carp is back to life. He’s done a great job in the process getting back here. We’re thrilled that he’s got a chance. … He’s really excited about it. It’s been a tremendous comeback and he’s way out ahead of schedule.

“We’ll see how he makes it (through the week) and we look forward to him playing.”

With Carpenter at left guard, Paul McQuistan replaced John Moffitt at right guard. Moffitt did not practice to rest his surgically repaired knee.

OPPONENT WATCH

Steven Jackson. The battering Ram of a back is no stranger to Mebane. The Seahawks’ nose tackle has faced Jackson twice a season since entering the NFL in 2007 and also played against him when Jackson was at Oregon State and Mebane was at Cal.

“One of the things he’s real great at is being patient,” Mebane said. “He can also hit the edges. He can run between the tackles. He can pretty much do everything you want in a back. He’s a real great player.”

POWER-FUL STUFF

The Seahawks have cracked the Top 10 in a couple of power rankings this week, which come with the obligatory comments about you-know-what.

ESPN.com: No. 10. “The Seahawks are usually the ones complaining about unfortunate officiating.”

NFL.com: No. 10. “OK, getting away from the play we’ve all seen 35,000 times by now, what a performance by the Seahawks’ front seven, which dominated in the first half with eight sacks. Some of those guys push off better than Golden Tate, and that’s really saying something. (Sorry, I can’t help myself.)”

They just missed the Top 10 at SI.com, where the Seahawks are ranked No. 11: “The call was blown and the Seahawks won a game they should have lost. It was in all the papers. But it would be wrong to classify Seattle’s victory as a fluke, given how well the punishing Seahawks defense bottled up Aaron Rodgers and Co. for most of the night. As I expected, Seattle took a page out of San Francisco’s defensive playbook and kept the Packers on their heels with a near-constant pass rush and a physical, jamming style of pass coverage against Green Bay receivers.”

INJURY REPORT

The official report, as issued by the team:

Did not practice

OT Breno Giacomini (pectoral)

OG John Moffitt (knee)

DT Greg Scruggs (wrist)

Full participation

WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder)

CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)

The good news was Baldwin’s return, after last year’s leading receiver missed Monday night’s game because of the shoulder he injured in practice last week. Carroll said Baldwin will play against the Rams. With Giacomini resting his chest injury, Frank Omiyale worked at right tackle with the No. 1 line.

For the Rams:

Did not practice

RB Steven Jackson (groin)

OT Rodger Saffold (knee)

DT Matt Conrath (knee)

S Matt McDaniels (hamstring)

DE Eugene Sims (illness)

Limited participation

DT Michael Brockers (ankle)

OT Wayne Hunter (knee)

Jackson sat out to rest the groin injury that prevented him from practicing last week. But he did play against the Bears on Sunday, gaining 29 yards on 11 carries. The Rams continue to have problems at left tackle. Saffold missed Sunday’s game and Hunter, who replaced him, was limited today because of a sore knee.

STAT DU JOUR

Three games into the season, there are only three unbeaten teams in the NFL – and a big part of the reason is that they rank 2-3-4 in points allowed. So who’s No. 1? The Seahawks.

Team                       Points allowed   Avg. allowed

Seahawks (2-1)             39                          13.0

Cardinals (3-0)              40                          13.3

Texans (3-0)                  42                          14.0

Falcons (3-0)                 48                          16.0

UP NEXT

The players will practice tomorrow on “Turnover Thursday.” There also will be a Friday midday practice and a walkthrough on Saturday morning before the team leaves for St. Louis.

YOU DON’T SAY

“My feelings have been hurt a little bit on Twitter. If I mentioned those words, it would be like, ‘Bleep. Bleep. Bleep.’ Some nasty stuff.” – Golden Tate on the continuing fallout surrounding his controversial TD catch on the final play of Monday night’s game


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Tuesday cyber surfing: Antonio Bryant to tryout at minicamp

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 12:

The Seahawks open their three day minicamp today, and Jason La Canfora at CBSSports.com reports that former Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant will participate on a tryout basis: “Bryant has not played in the NFL since 2009 with Tampa; he was signed by the Bengals in 2010 while recovering from a knee injury and ended up being released prior to the season’s start. … He never played a game for Cincinnati. Bryant, a deep threat when healthy with elite speed, has been out of the NFL since, but is healthy and in shape and at age 31 hopes to get back. In 2008 he had over 1,200 yards receiving with Tampa Bay, his best season as a pro.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times and Eric Williams at the News Tribune also weigh-in in Bryant.

Also at CBSSports.com, Clark Judge has a question for each of the 32 teams in the league as we move into the minicamp portion of the offseason. One guess what it is for the Seahawks. You got it: Who quarterbacks these guys? Says Judge: “You say it’s Matt Flynn. I say it’s Matt Flynn. But it’s what coach Pete Carroll says that matters. For now, he’s saying it’s an open competition at quarterback, and that’s what you’d expect. But the Seahawks didn’t invest $26 million in the guy to have him compete with Tarvaris Jackson. I mean, if they had a conviction about Jackson they wouldn’t have gone shopping. But they did, and for the right reason: Because Flynn is better. Sooner or later, Carroll announces him as his starter.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has minicamp editions of his roided-out rosters for each of the teams in the NFC West, including the Seahawks: “The Seahawks have 21 players from college programs currently affiliated with the Pac-12 Conference. That is nearly double the league average (10.9). The numbers were high before Pete Carroll left USC to become the Seahawks’ head coach. They have remained high.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the connection between offensive line coach Tom Cable and center Max Unger: “ ‘I knew Max when he came out of college,’ Cable said Monday, as the coaches and players were preparing for the start of a three-day minicamp on Tuesday – the last hurrah in an offseason program that seemed like it never would start, but suddenly is almost over. That was in 2009, when Cable was head coach of the Oakland Raiders and Unger ended up being the Seahawks’ second-round draft choice. ‘I thought he would be a fine, fine center when he got to this level,’ Cable said. It just took Unger a while to get the opportunity to show that. In ’09, he started his first 13 games at right guard, before taking over at center for the final three after since-departed Chris Spencer broke a hand – as Unger became the first rookie lineman since Ray Roberts in 1992 to start 16 games for the Seahawks. In 2010, Unger got a season-ending toe injury in the opener, also while playing right guard.”

Former Seahawks defensive tackle Rocky Bernard has re-signed with the Giants, and Michael Eisen at Giants.com has the details: “Bernard, 33, is entering his 11th NFL season and fourth with the Giants. He joined the team as a free agent in 2009 after seven years with the Seattle Seahawks.”

Pat McQuistan has been re-signed by the Cowboys, and the Associated Press has the story on the twin brother of Seahawks’ lineman Paul McQuistan rejoining the team that drafted him: “The Cowboys have brought back tackle Pat McQuistan two years after trading him to Miami. The signing Monday reunited McQuistan with the team that drafted him in the seventh round in 2006. He played 40 games over three seasons for the Cowboys, including all 16 in 2007 and 2008. McQuistan started eight of 16 games for the Dolphins in 2010, and played 10 games for New Orleans last year.”


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And the best fifth-round pick is …

The fifth round of the NFL Draft has been special for the Seahawks.

Special in that they have used those picks to select a couple of Pro Bowl special teams players – return man Bobby Joe Edmonds, who was drafted in 1986 and voted to the AFC all-star team as a rookie; and coverage man Alex Bannister, who was drafted in 2001 and voted to the NFC all-star team in 2003. The fifth round also delivered kick returner Charlie Rogers in 1999.

There also have been a couple of standout defensive players who came to the Seahawks in the fifth round – tackle Rocky Bernard, who was selected 2002 and started 55 games in seven seasons; and strong safety Kam Chancellor, who was selected in 2010 and went to the Pro Bowl last season.

But the best of the fifth-round bunch played on offense – left guard Edwin Bailey, who was drafted in 1981, stepped into the lineup as a rookie and started 120 games through the 1991 season.

Bailey’s run with the team began under coach Jack Patera and spanned the tenure of coach Chuck Knox (1983-91). He opened holes for Sherman Smith, Curt Warner, John L. Williams and Derrick Fenner, and provided pass protection for Jim Zorn, Dave Krieg, Kelly Stouffer and Jeff Kemp. Bailey was a key component in the Seahawks’ advancing to the AFC title game in 1983, posting a 12-win season in 1984 and winning their first division title in 1988.

Until Steve Hutchinson was selected in the first round of the 2001 draft, Bailey was the best left guard in franchise history – as evidenced by his selection to the Seahawks’ 25th Anniversary team.

We caught up with Bailey recently, and you can find out what the player his teammates called “Pearl” has been up to here.


Thursday cyber surfing: Rocky’s redemption

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Feb. 2:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com takes a look at Rocky Bernard’s opportunity for Super Bowl redemption. The former Seahawks defensive tackle lost in Super Bowl XL, but gets another crack with the Giants on Sunday: “I don’t want to feel that pain again,” Bernard said. “It’s something you can’t get over. You work so hard to get to that point and we were so confident going into the game, felt like we could win.”

Speaking of Super Bowl losses, Sando also ranks the Top 10 Super Bowl losers. At No. 1 is the Patriots’ loss to the Giants four years ago: “The only 16-0 team in regular-season NFL history outscored opponents by 19.7 points per game, a record. Tom Brady’s 50 touchdown passes exceeded by one the record Peyton Manning set in 2004. New England scored at least 38 points in half its regular-season games. The Patriots drew fines for illicitly taping opponents’ signals and criticism after twice going for it on fourth down while leading Joe Gibbs’ Redskins by 38-plus points.”

Rob Rang at NFLDraftScout.com has a new mock draft and it includes a new selection for the Seahawks: Penn State DT Devon Still. Says Rang: “Many expect the Seahawks to consider a quarterback to compete with incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson with this selection but in beating the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens last year, and matching up well with division champion San Francisco, the club may not be willing to reach to fill a perceived need. Don’t be surprised if Seattle instead turns its attention to a bounty of talented defensive linemen likely to be selected in the top 15. Still, a 6-4, 310-pound defensive tackle, showed his talent and despite all of the distractions in Happy Valley last year, was the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year. Still could help inside at defensive tackle as well as provide the Seahawks with some flexibility at the five technique defensive end position should incumbent starter Red Bryant be heavily pursued in free agency.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at a couple of off-field situations where Cortez Kennedy also stood out during his Hall of Fame-worthy career with the Seahawks: “Like in 1996, when then-owner Ken Behring was attempting to move the franchise to Southern California. Behring was determined to make it happen, and even started the team’s offseason conditioning program at the Rams’ old facility in Anaheim. But Kennedy’s resolve proved to be just as firm. He refused to participate; pointing out that the contract he had signed was with the Seattle Seahawks.”


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