Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug, 26:
Eric Williams of the New Tribune profiles Josh Pinkard, who will start at strong safety in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Broncos in Denver because Kam Chancellor won’t play. Says Williams: “Pinkard hopes to fill a role left vacant when Seattle did not re-sign veteran defensive back Jordan Babineaux – a versatile performer who played cornerback, safety and special teams. Pinkard, who is being groomed to play a similar role, showed his playmaking ability against Minnesota last week. He saved a TD by tackling wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux from behind at the 5-yard line and punching the ball out of his hands and out of the end zone for a touchback.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times takes a look at Red Bryant, who has returned from a season-ending knee injury to anchor one end of the defensive line. Offers O’Neil: “There might not be a bigger player on Seattle’s defense than Bryant, something as figuratively true as it is literally accurate. The 6-foot-4, 330-pound defensive end’s presence made all the difference in the run defense last year.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald checks in with Walter Thurmond, the second-year cornerback who has returned this week from a high ankle sprain he got the second day of practice in training camp. Says Boyle: “Gasping to catch his breath, his lip covered in blood, Walter Thurmond looked and sounded every bit like a person in the midst of an intense game of catch-up. After missing more than three weeks of training camp with a high-ankle sprain, the second-year cornerback has finally been able to get back on the field this week, and Thurmond is doing everything he can to get back to game speed with the season only a couple of weeks away. So if that means sprinting up the steep grass hill next to the practice field to get in some extra conditioning, Thurmond is all for that. And if it means playing with enough reckless abandon to end up bloodied in practice, well then that will be part of the plan, too.”
Christian Caple of PI.com has the word from QB Tarvaris Jackson, which is: get some points from the No. 1 defense against the Broncos. Says Caple: “That’s certainly a good place to start for the Seahawks, whose first-team offense has been prevented by penalties and poor pass protection from scoring a single point through the first two games of the preseason.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com has a look at the average age of all 32 NFL teams – by offense and defense, and the Seahawks rank 29th and 16th. Says Sando: “The Seahawks have been getting younger by design over the past two seasons. Like the 49ers, they have only six non-specialists in their 30s, with none older than 33 (Raheem Brock). … Most general managers want to make their teams younger when starting out. In Seattle, the head coach is also amendable to that approach.”
Michael Lombardi at NFL.com ranks the top players in the league at each position on offense and defense. Three Seahawks got red-chip status: tight end Zach Miller, center Max Unger and free safety Earl Thomas.
Here at Seahawks.com, we examine the depth and talent at the tight end position. As tight end coach Pat McPherson puts it: “If we’re healthy, we’re about as good as there is out there. I’m pretty excited about it.”