Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 5:
Steve Kelley at the Seattle Times has the story on Brandon Browner, who spent the past four seasons in the CFL but likely will be the starting right cornerback when the Seahawks open their regular season against the 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday. Says Kelley: “As he slowly unspooled the tape from his hands after Friday’s final exhibition game, Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner barely allowed himself a slight, satisfied smile. After all he’s been through, all of the disappointments – after four seasons in the Canadian Football League; after tryouts with a half-dozen NFL teams, including an earlier trial with the Seahawks; after being told he was too tall or too slow to play cornerback in the National Football League, Browner had made it. He would start this season on the Hawks’ 53-man roster and probably start at corner in the season opener Sunday in San Francisco. He could have allowed himself a minute to scream at the top of his lungs and celebrate the culmination of a journey. He could have cried or roared. But Browner, 27, has been around too long and heard too much bad news to allow this one shining moment to consume him. He knows that in the NFL, especially the Pete Carroll NFL, the starting position you earn on opening day could be gone by Week 2.”
Also at the Times, Danny O’Neil has the round down on the latest roster moves from Sunday. Offers O’Neil: “The Seahawks claimed four players off waivers on Sunday, changing kickers, swapping out both backup defensive tackles and acquiring a fifth offensive tackle. So much for things being settled, huh?”
Eric Williams of the New Tribune has a Q&A with coach Pete Carroll. Here’s his response when asked about leadership on the team after the departures co-captains Matt Hasselbeck and Lofa Tatupu: “Here’s the deal. If you don’t have anybody who can carry the message for you, then the coach has to do it. And the assistant coaches have to do it. And I’ve always said that. I don’t want to be a coach that says, “Well, we would have had a really good year if we had better leadership. There’s so many guys on this team that are great character guys that care so much about this game, it’s just a matter of just working the message and getting to the side and letting them go. So I’m not worried about it one bit.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald also has a recap of Sunday’s moves. Says Boyle: “Saturday was the NFL’s cut day. Sunday its league-wide swap meet. And for the second straight season, the Seattle Seahawks used the day after cut day to peruse the list of newly available players and make a few changes to their roster. Seattle claimed off waivers defensive tackle Landon Cohen, defensive tackle Al Woods, kicker Steven Hauschka and tackle Jarriel King, all of whom were cut-day casualties a day earlier.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got – what else – a look at the roster moves made on Sunday: “If (Steven) Hauschka’s name sounds familiar, he kicked a game-winning 52-yarder for the Broncos in their third preseason game against the Seahawks. He signed with the Vikings as an undrafted rookie in 2008, but was waived and spent two seasons in Baltimore, hitting 10 of 15 field goals – including 54-yarder on his first NFL attempt. After spending from late December of 2009 to mid-August of 2010 with the Falcons, Hauschka (6-4, 210) was on the Lions’ practice squad for two games in 2010, when he also kicked for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the Arena League. He signed with the Broncos last December, hitting 6 of 7 field goals attempts, but was waived on Saturday.”
Also, Matt Gaschk of Sounders.com has the story on running back Justin Forsett working out with Mexico’s Club America. And what was that like? “I was out of my element,” laughed the jovial Seahawks running back.
Peter King at SI.com has a rundown on what each team did Sunday, including this note about the Seahawks: “… Kicker Jeff Reed goes. Quarterback Josh Portis, of California (Pa.), stays. Did you see Portis at all this camp? Once he learns the playbook, he’s going to be an interesting prospect for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to work with. Good arm, good runner, seems fearless.”