Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 23:
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has the reasoning behind the move from defensive coordinator Gus Bradley about starting K.J. Wright. Says Bradley: “We wanted to have more competition at that spot. We’ll evaluate him the whole week. As you know, the motto here is competition.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com also offers his thoughts on the Curry/Wright situation. Says Sando: “The Seahawks’ previous leadership drafted Curry when the former Wake Forest linebacker was considered the safest player available in his draft class. Curry had all the measurable traits teams seek in linebackers. He was, by all accounts, a hard worker who wanted to be great. But the Seahawks never seemed satisfied with Curry projecting only as a strongside linebacker. They figured a player drafted so early should add pass-rush value and contribute in other ways. Curry has yet to develop in those areas. Wright, meanwhile, remains full of promise.”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald looks at tight end Zach Miller, and how he has been used more as a blocker than a receiver in the first two games. Says Boyle: “Through little fault of his own, Miller, who caught 60 or more passes in each of the past two seasons, has just three catches for 32 yards this season. With a young line that has struggled mightily to protect quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, Miller has spent less time than either he or the Seahawks would like running routes, and more time acting as extra protection against opposing pass rushers.”
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic has the word on the hamstring injury that forced Cardinals running back Beanie Wells to miss part of practice on Thursday. Says Somers: “If Wells can’t play, it would be a serious blow to the Cardinals, who play their first NFC West game in Seattle on Sunday. A starter, Wells is eighth in the NFL in rushing with 183 yards in two games.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how the signing of 6-foot-4 cornerback Brandon Browner was intended for weeks like this, when the Seahawks host the Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald in their home opener. Says veteran corner Marcus Trufant: “That’s just a perfect matchup for Brandon. He’s a big guy, he’s strong and he can run. It’s a perfect fit.”
We’ve also got Thursday’s practice covered in words, pictures and video, including more from Bradley and what he likes about Wright: “K.J. is very instinctive. He plays very smart situational football. He’s just such a quick study. He picked up on this stuff that we taught him playing Sam linebacker.” The 6-foot-4, 246-pound Wright also has the needed physical traits. “He’s got great length,” Bradley said. “If you’re going to play on the edge against the tight end, you need length and you need size. And he’s got both.” Also, rookie right guard John Moffitt joins Tony Ventrella on this week’s Seahawks Insider segment.