Thursday in Hawkville: Martin preparing to make most of his opportunity

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 25:


Charly Martin

Charly Martin. Opportunity is knocking for the third-year wide receiver who signed a future contract with the Seahawks in January, and Martin is planning on being there to answer.

Doug Baldwin, last year’s leading receiver, is sidelined after getting a high ankle sprain in last week’s loss to the 49ers in San Francisco. So Martin will be active for the third time this season and see some time as the slot receiver in Sunday’s game against the Lions in Detroit.

“You’ve always got to be ready,” Martin said today. “In this business, you never know. I prepare like I’m going to play every week, so I’m going to continue doing the same things I’ve been doing.”

Except that Martin knows he’s going to play this week. His source on the situation: Coach Pete Carroll, who announced Monday that Martin will be in because Baldwin is out.

“Yeah. Yeah,” Martin said. “But I take it day-to-day, because you never know what’s going to happen on game day. But I’m looking forward to it, for sure.”

Martin also was active in the season opener against the Cardinals in Arizona when starting split end Golden Tate was out with a sore knee, and also the Week 3 game against the Packers on Monday night when Baldwin was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Martin has two catches for 25 yards.

“Charly brings an understanding to the game,” rookie QB Russell Wilson said. “He’s very quick; catches the ball consistently. He’s a great player.”

As for the chemistry between pitcher and catcher, you can cross that concern off the list. Martin was one of Wilson’s constant companions when he would throw during the offseason.

“We’ve had that chemistry throughout the whole entire (training) camp and through the beginning of the season,” Wilson said. “I’ve thrown a lot of footballs to him, so he’ll do a great job.”


Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. We covered the challenge that awaits the Seahawks’ cornerbacks against the Lions yesterday. But here’s a look at them, as well as safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, through the eyes of Lions coach Jim Schwartz.

“They have giants in the secondary,” he said during a conference-call interview on Wednesday. “They have 6-4 and 6-3 cornerbacks. I think Kam Chancellor is 6-3. With all those guys it’s like a junior college basketball team out there with their great length.

“There are a lot of big receivers in the league, and we have one (6-5 Calvin Johnson). But Seattle has come a long way to matching up with those guys. They’re out there on an island quite a bit, and they have survived out there. They have an overlap player in Earl Thomas. He can make a lot of plays back there and he’s very instinctive.”


Matthew Stafford. The Lions are averaging 46 passes a game, and the launch point is Stafford’s right arm. Last season, he passed for 41 touchdowns and 5,038 yards. He’s off that pace this season (1,754 yards, five TDs), but it’s not for a lack of trying.

Stafford has thrown 40-plus passes in five of the Lions’ six games, with a high of 51 against the Vikings in Week 4. But it’s not like the Seahawks haven’t seen this before. Tom Brady threw 58 passes against them two weeks ago.

“He’s got a loose arm, so you know he’s always going to look downfield for the deep shot,” Chancellor said. “We’ve got to stay disciplined and stay back.”

And even tight coverage might not be enough, especially when Stafford’s target is Johnson.

“Where he’s most dangerous is when they throw it up and he goes up and makes his plays, especially when you’re defending him and he still wins. He’s already famous for all of that in the early part of his career,” Carroll said of Johnson. “The problem is that Matthew Stafford knows that, so he keeps chucking it to him.”


The official report, as issued by the team:


WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)

Did not practice

DT Jason Jones (ankle)

CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)

Limited participation

OG John Moffitt (knee)

Full participation

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

With Jones still sidelined, Alan Branch and Greg Scruggs got some work on the nickel line.

For the Lions:

Did not practice

DE Cliff Avril (back)

DE Jacob Lacey (concussion)

LB DeAndre Lacey (hamstring)

S Amari Spievey (concussion)

Limited participation

CB Dwight Bentley (shoulder)

S Louis Delmas (knee)

TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee)

LB Stephen Tulloch (knee)

DT Corey Williams (knee)

WR Titus Young (knee)

WR Calvin Johnson (knee)


More sacks. Yesterday, we looked at the Seahawks’ improved production and how the tandem of Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin has been vital to the team’s increased sack total. Today, it’s where Clemons’ 29 sacks since joining the Seahawks in 2010 rank among the league leaders during this stretch:

Player, team                                         Sacks

LB DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys             41.5

DE Jared Allen, Vikings                         39

DE Jason Babin, Titans and Eagles      33

LB Tamba Hali, Chiefs                           30.5

DE Chris Clemons, Seahawks               29

DE Cameron Wake, Dolphins               29

DE John Abraham, Falcons                   28.5

LB Clay Mathews, Packers                    28.5

LB Terrell Suggs, Ravens                       26

DE Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants                25.5

Ware, Allen, Babin, Hali, Matthews, Suggs and Pierre-Paul were voted to the Pro Bowl last season.


Get-away day, as the players will hold a midday practice before the team flies to Detroit for Sunday’s game. The players also will hold a walkthrough in Detroit on Saturday.

Also Friday, Wilson and Thomas will be featured on “The Whistle,” NBC Sports Network’s weekly series that centers on kids and airs at 1 p.m. PDT. Wilson discusses memorizing playbooks and Thomas talks about the toughest receiver to cover.


“They can be so explosive. They’re still averaging over 400 yards a game. I just watched the Green Bay game from last year. Probably shouldn’t have done that before I came out there.” – defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, after practice, on the Lions rolling up 575 yards of offense, Johnson catching 11 passes for 244 yards and Stafford passing for 520 yards and five TDs in the Lions’ 2011 regular-season finale against the Packers

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