Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 1:
John Clayton at ESPN.com writes about a topic we’ve been wondering about: How the heck did the Seahawks acquire Kellen Winslow for a seventh-round draft choice? Says Clayton: “(Buccaneers) coach Greg Schiano wanted to show that he is control of his new team. Knowing Winslow missed the first week of voluntary OTAs and wouldn’t be able to practice much during the season because of knee problems, Schiano shipped Winslow to the Seahawks for a seventh-round choice. Winslow for a seventh? It was a no-brainer for Seattle, and it leaves the Bucs’ tight end position in question. Despite six knee operations, Winslow is a 28-year-old tight end who can catch 70 to 80 passes a season. Seattle coach Pete Carroll couldn’t turn down such a deal.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the Seahawks’ approach to free agency under Carroll and GM John Schneider: “When Schneider arrived in 2010, he inherited a team that was bearing the salary-cap burdens of players like (Deon) Grant, (T.J.) Houshmandzadeh and (Patrick) Kerney, and while the Seahawks have spent millions in free agency since then, the deal for (Jason) Jones shows that Seattle has changed not only the demographics of the players it targets in free agency, but also the way they’re paying those players.”
Former Seahawks QB turned 710 ESPN host Brock Huard offers his impressions from Wednesday’s OTA practice, including: “Lastly, enough about Russell Wilson’s height. Like Barack Obama’s birth certificate, can we end this nonsense that he is shorter than what the combine listed him? Danny Fortson went from 6-feet-9 in college to 6-feet-6 for the Sonics for a reason: basketball guys exaggerate their height. Heel to heel, toes out, the combine doesn’t lie. Wilson is just under 5-feet-11. Just like the story isn’t about Obama’s birthplace but about his productivity, the same measure should be made about Wilson. Wilson had a very solid day, throwing more accurately than he did a week ago and flashing the “resourcefulness” that Carroll covets from the position. While Jackson continued to show why he is average and Matt Flynn actually missed a few targets, Wilson was steady. While the job won’t be won in May or June, this practice film will be dissected and studied in the months ahead, and the corresponding stats taken from the film will play a role in assembling the depth chart down the road.”
Chris Burke at SI.com takes a look at the NFC West rival Cardinals, who host the Seahawks in their regular-season opener: “The Cardinals have one of the league’s best weapons on offense in wide receiver (Larry) Fitzgerald, and the dynamic (Patrick) Peterson gives them hope for a similar game-changer on defense. This team is also not all that far removed from the one that captured back-to-back division titles in 2008-09 and made a Super Bowl run. The main difference is under center, where Arizona has traded in Kurt Warner for (Kevin) Kolb and, to a lesser extent, (John) Skelton. Alex Smith and the 49ers proved last season that you can win without consistently great quarterback play, but the Cardinals need one of their two guys to step up and grab the bull by the horns. If that happens, there’s no reason this team can’t compete. Don’t be surprised if Arizona walks away with the NFC West in 2012.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the continuing growth of first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin, who definitely made an impact on one play in Wednesday’s OTA practice: “From the moment the Seahawks selected Bruce Irvin in the first round of the NFL Draft last month, the most impressive – and most talked about – element of his game has been speed. It’s understandable. From the rookie minicamp earlier this month, to the on-going OTA practices, the pass-rushing end from West Virginia has been a blur coming off the edge. But that changed Wednesday, with one I-don’t-believe-what-I-just-saw blow that dropped Breno Giacomini in his tracks. That’s 6-foot-7, 318-pound Breno Giacomini, who anchors the right side of the offensive line like a weight-bearing column. It was a “Down goes Frazier” moment that was as stunning as it remains improbable. As effective as Irvin’s move was, the practice-field countermove that preceded it showed that Irvin’s still-evolving game is more than just speed. ‘That’s the first time that’s ever happened,’ Giacomini said Thursday, after the team had completed a two-hour OTA session in the indoor practice facility at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. ‘It was all about timing on that one. But hey, that was a good move. He caught me.’ ”
We’ve also got a look at the soldiers who visited Wednesday practice in this video report by Tony Ventrella.