Good morning, on the final day of September. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 30:
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has been crunching numbers, and they add up to one winner of an item for you. Here’s got which receivers are targeted on which downs by the QBs in the NFC West, and the Seahawks’ leader might surprise you: first down, Ben Obomanu and Zach Miller with five each; second down, Golden Tate with six; third down, Doug Baldwin with six.
Speaking of targeting receivers, Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times takes a look at Sidney Rice, the receiver who got the most passes thrown his way last week. Offers O’Neil: “Rice is 6 feet 4 with arms that go on forever and hands that seem to be equipped with a commercial-grade adhesive. The Seahawks signed him as a free agent in July and he caught eight passes in his regular-season debut last week against Arizona, becoming the one bright spot of this team’s slow start on offense.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune examines the progress being made by James Carpenter, the first-round draft choice who is starting at right tackle and playing better with each start. Says Williams: “James Carpenter’s look of constant consternation has been replaced with a confident smile in the locker room these days, as he received some gentle ribbing from fellow offensive linemen Russell Okung and Max Unger. ‘I feel like I’m not a rookie anymore,’ Carpenter began.”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sees a lot to like when he looks at this week’s opponent, the Atlanta Falcons. Says Carroll: “This was a team that I admired throughout last year. They had an incredible season, but more than that it’s the way they did it last year with tremendous balance. The disciple of the team — Mike did a great job, they were the fewest penalized team in the league last year, which was hard to do that. They’re a tremendous possession team, the turnovers were great in their favor and they’re solid in the kicking game. So it’s a very difficult opponent for us.”
Christian Caple of PI.com has the injury report from Thursday, when strong safety Kam Chancellor sat out for the second consecutive day.
Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the monstrous task awaiting the Seahawks defense in Sunday’s game against the Falcons at CenturyLink Field. Says free safety Earl Thomas: “Last week, we just had to really worry about the one big receiver they had. This week, they’ve got two guys, plus a tight end. It’s a lot of firepower, but we’ve just got to control it and do what we do. Don’t let the game be bigger than what it is and go out there and play ball.”