A recap of the day’s activities:
Lawrence Jackson. Last year’s first-round draft choice had a good opener, collecting one sack and just missing another in Sunday’s shutout of the St. Louis Rams.
No one was happier for Jackson than coach Jim Mora.
“Lawrence played well, very well,” Mora said. “We have been waiting for that, all of us have been waiting for that.”
One game, of course, does not a season make – and it doesn’t make up for a disappointing rookie season, either.
“You have to validate it, you have to do it again and again and again,” Mora said. “But just to see him play physical, play aggressive, have a sack and have an impact on the game, that’s a real positive for him and for us.”
Last year, Jackson had two sacks – both in a Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers, the team the Seahawks play on Sunday at Candlestick Park.
But Mora saw signs of improvement in the opener.
“He was more physical. He’s better with his hands. He was attacking. He wasn’t sitting back catching,” Mora said. “He was just more aggressive. He played with more certainty. That’s what stuck out to me.”
Offensive lineman Brian De La Puente was signed to the practice squad. He joined the team Aug. 25, but was released on the final roster cut.
To clear a spot, offensive lineman Blake Schlueter was released.
STAT DU JOUR
Only five backs ran for 100-plus yards on opening weekend. One was the Seahawks’ Julius Jones (117). Another was his older brother, Thomas, who had 107 in the New York Jets’ win over the Houston Texans.
In fact, the Jones brothers have been nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week. Fans have until Friday morning to vote for the award at http://www.NFL.com/FedEx.
The players were off Tuesday, but they return Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the 49ers.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I am not sure how much of the nation will pay attention to it – the NFC West is not high on everyone’s radar – but I think in this division it’s a big game.” – Mora, on Sunday’s game against the also 1-0 49ers