Cyber surfing: Saturday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 13:

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has a review of the preseason opener against the Chargers and started with the obvious topic: The durability of left tackle Russell Okung, who sprained his left ankle on the first series of the game. Says O’Neil: “While there was no update Friday on his status, the fact the injury occurred in what coach Pete Carroll characterized as a non-contact play causes concern over whether Okung will stay healthy enough to be the cornerstone the team expects at left tackle.”

Eric Williams of the News Tribune looks back at how some of the younger players performed, especially when they stopped the Chargers on their final possession. Said veteran CB Marcus Trufant: “I think that was big for them to be down there in the red zone, on the goal line and then to come up with a stop. I think that’s real big for confidence and for teaching purposes. And they had a good showing. They came out on top.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com revisits “three things” from the opener. One was the youth movement on defense. Says Sando: “The young linebackers and safeties were active. Strong safety Kam Chancellor was aggressive against the run, as advertised. He had a tackle for loss. Safety Mark LeGree got credit for no passes defensed on the stat sheet. I saw him play a role in a couple of incomplete passes, however. Jeron Johnson broke up two passes and had one tackle for loss. Another rookie, linebacker K.J. Wright, led the team in tackles with seven, including a couple after short gains. Officials flagged him for a horse-collar tackle. Pass-rusher Jameson Konz, a project as a former receiver and tight end, collected a sack.”

Nancy Gay of FoxSports.com was at training camp last week and has this overview of how coach Pete Carroll set about adding needed players in free agency after the lockout ended. Offers Gay: “Carroll, it seems, was crafting an interesting master plan to overcome the lockout-truncated NFL offseason. He would encourage his proven offensive coaching staff — (Darrell) Bevell from Minnesota and line coach Tom Cable, the former Raiders head coach — to bring in free agents they knew, players they trusted who could master their schemes quickly and assume leadership roles immediately.”

Here at Seahawks.com, Ben Malcolmson has his “From the Sidelines” look at the opener. Offers Malcolmson: “It all started in the same location about three hours earlier, when the players gathered together in the locker room just before taking the field. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane had a simple set of inquiries for his teammates.’The question is — are we ready to play?’ Mebane yelled out to all the players encircling him.’Are we ready to hit them in the mouth?’ ”

We also have a closer look at Jeron Johnson, the rookie free agent from Boise State who had some big plays in the NFL debut: “In the 24-17 victory, Johnson had two tackles, including one for a loss, and also broke up two passes – the second coming into the end zone on a fourth-and-3 play with less than a minute to play and the Chargers at the Seahawks’ 5-yard line. Not a bad night’s work, especially when you consider it came in half-a-night – and the half the Seahawks dominated, outscoring the Chargers 24-7. ‘Coming in and having to wait for your number to be called, it was a little difficult at first,’ Johnson said in the locker room after the game. ‘But once I got in I had a ball.’ ”


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