Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 10.
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times delves into the relationship between Tennessee Titans quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, who visit CenturyLink Field Saturday night, “It seems kind of fitting that the first exhibition game with the Titans’ quarterback position wide open will be played in Seattle, the city that knows those two players best. It was only two years ago they were playing across town from each other, Hasselbeck starting for the Seahawks while Locker was a senior at Washington. That geographic proximity and a few mutual friends were about all that connected them, though, when the Titans chose Locker in the first round and then added Hasselbeck after the Seahawks chose not to re-sign him. ‘We didn’t really know each other,’ Hasselbeck said. ‘Even though we were in Seattle for so long together. It’s a really, really good relationship.’ ”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune tells us Seahawks 2012 third-round draft pick Russell Wilson is eager for the team’s first preseason matchup Saturday, a game in which he is expected to play the entire second half, “From his first repetitions during rookie minicamp in May until now, one thing steadily improved for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson – fewer of his throws are hitting the ground. ‘I feel confident with the protections, calls and everything,’ Wilson said. ‘And just throwing the ball to the receivers – that’s the thing that I’ve noticed – just making the connections to the receivers that much more, because I’ve thrown a thousand more balls to those guys now.’ ”
Scott Garbarini of The Sports Network previews the Seahawks Saturday night preseason opener.
John Boyle at the Everett Herald takes a look at the ‘other’ quarterback competition that is set to take center stage Saturday night at CenturyLink Field, “Like the Seahawks, the Tennessee Titans are unsettled at quarterback, and by chance they begin their preseason by bringing that quarterback battle to a city very familiar to both players when the Titans and Seahawks face off at CenturyLink Field Saturday night. A year ago, Locker was preparing for his first NFL season knowing Hasselbeck was the starter and he was the backup, but even though the job is now up for grabs, both players say their relationship remains the same. ‘The relationship has been awesome, my wife and his wife are friends, he’s friends with my kids, and I’m friends with his dad,’ Hasselbeck said, unintentionally highlighting the nearly 13-year age gap between them. ‘It fits all the way around. It’s a really, really good relationship.’ ”
Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com has his notes from Thursday’s practice, and says newly acquired wide receiver Terrell Owens continues to impress, “Terrell Owens trotted onto the practice field this morning wearing long blue spandex tights. No. 10 had another productive day catching the football. Late in the 11-on-11 drills, T.O. out-jumped Marcus Trufant and Jeron Johnson, tipped the ball to himself and tip-toed the boundary for a touchdown.”
Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com details an interview with Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, who offered praise to rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner, ” ‘Very explosive, he is a guy that can run sideline to sideline,’ Robinson told a group of reporters that included Mike Sando of ESPN.com. ‘He’s learning. He’s still a young guy learning how to get off blocks in the National Football League. But he is going to be another special player one day. I call him a baby Patrick Willis because I hadn’t seen a linebacker move like that since Pat.’ ”
Brock Huard of mynorthwest.com shares his thoughts on the physicality of safety Earl Thomas in this short video.
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his notes from Thursday’s practice, including a couple notes about quarterback Russell Wilson “Wilson is expected to play the entire second half against the Tennessee Titans in the team’s preseason opener. ‘I’m definitely excited,’ Wilson said. ‘I never get too high, never get too low. I’ve played a lot of football before and it’s another game in my opinion, it’s 100 yards. I am excited to be a Seattle Seahawk though, and wear my jersey for the first time. Fired up to be that and can’t wait to hear the 12th Man scream.’ Wilson completed two consecutive deep balls with great accuracy. Wilson connected with WR Terrell Owens on a corner route against CB Byron Maxwell on a ball dropped beautifully over Owens’ outside shoulder. He followed it up with a deep completion to WR Braylon Edwards on a streak up the right sideline.”
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth starts by welcoming a familiar face, as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is set to come to town this Saturday, ” ‘My time in Seattle means a great deal, because of how hard it was to really turn the program back around,’ [Hasselbeck] said, referring to the 9-7 and 7-9 records in his first two seasons with the Seahawks before they went 10-6, 9-7, 13-3, 9-7 and 10-6 the next five seasons. ‘Then, offensively were started clicking, and settling in on stuff we really, really loved and owned. We had confidence in what we were doing and in each other. It was a pivotal time. After that, even the bad stuff that happened to us, we learned from it.’ Some things never change, like the self-mocking edge to Hasselbeck’s personality.”
Farnsworth also briefs Thursday’s practice, noting the contributions of Deuce Lutui, Phillip Adams, and Jason Jones, as the trio stepped in and spent time with the first unit, “Veteran guard Deuce Lutui, who was signed in free agency, took over at right guard for John Moffitt. Third-year cornerback Phillip Adams was at right cornerback for Brandon Browner. Veteran defensive lineman Jason Jones, another free agent addition, was the three-technique tackle spot for Alan Branch. ‘That’s one of our key things in training camp, to develop depth,’ defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “Look what happened last year at corner, we lose a couple guys so some younger guys have to step up. So we know those things are going to happen. That’s great when younger guys can do that, and that was the case today.’ ”
Seahawks center Max Unger continues his addition to Seahawks.com by uncovering his passion for Oregon Ducks football, as he offers his take on the Pac-12 and looks ahead to the team’s preseason opener Saturday night against the Titans.
In our Seahawks Daily, Tony Ventrella catches up with 2011 fourth-round draft pick Kris Durham and 2012 seventh round selection J.R. Sweezy, as the pair details their progress in camp.
Our fantasy writer Scott Engel takes a look at the running back position as it pertains to fantasy football in 2012, stating that Marshawn Lynch is a high-value draft pick this season, “Lynch scored a career-high 12 rushing touchdowns in 2011, as he reached the end zone in six consecutive games beginning in Week 4. He scored in all but one game from Weeks 4 to 16 and was the first RB to get in the end zone against the vaunted 49ers defense. He also had six 100-yard rushing games between Weeks 9 and 16. That’s consistent high-level statistical production, and Lynch was a Fantasy standout during the most important later weeks of the schedule.”
We are celebrating 10 years at CenturyLink Field and invite the 12th Man to share their favorite stadium memories through our social media websites, and here at http://www.seahawks.com/news/celebrating-10.html
Lastly, the Seahawks acknowledged they violated the CBA by working Terrell Owens in full pads on his first day of practice, “The team said it unintentionally committed the violation, and that Owens should have been in a shell rather than shoulder pads.”