Brandon Stokley made his debut with the Seahawks today. His first practice was pretty anti-climactic with some early work and one on one drills. He didn’t participate in any team reps. I’d say the odds of him being active for this weekend’s game in St. Louis are slim and none.
After practice, Stokley was working on route running and getting in out of breaks with Golden Tate and wide receiver coach Kippy Brown. Pete Carroll even took time to sit and watch the two work out.
Here’s some comments from Stokley and his meeting with the media today ..
(On if it was a surprise to get picked up by the Seahawks) “Well, you know, I’m familiar with Jeremy Bates and Jedd Fisch, so I guess that helped the whole situation out.”
(On if the scheme and terminology is the same and if he feels he could walk out to practice and be up to speed) “Pretty much. I remember a lot of it. It’s been a year and a half since I’ve been in the system so I have some homework to do but I can catch on to it a lot quicker than if it was a new system.”
(On if he went back through his notes from the Broncos) “Well, all those notes are packed away so I haven’t gotten to those yet so I’ll just start new.”
(On his health) “Feeling good. I got healthy – I had a groin injury in Denver and that finally healed up so I feel healthy now and ready to go.”
(On if he knew that the Seahawks personnel staff was just waiting for him to get healthy) “Not necessarily. My whole goal after I got released from Denver was just to try to get healthy and let the rest take care of itself. Once I got healthy, I got a call and it worked out.”
(On how he’s feeling to be here now) “(I’m) Excited to be playing football again. When you’re out and watching it on TV every Sunday, you realize how much you miss it. So (I’m) just excited to be a part of this team and trying to help win some games.”
(On what he brings to the team) “Just veteran leadership. A guy who is willing to do whatever it takes to win football games. So that’s the kind of the person I’m all about, I just want to win games.”
(On what he likes about the passing game here) “A lot. I love working with Jeremy (Bates). We had a couple good years in Denver. It’s an exciting passing game and it enables you to be able to go out there and if you can get open, opportunities are there for you.”
(On if he worked out with any other teams) “No, first place I worked out was here. I just finally got healthy here in the last few days so this was the first place.”
(On if he had to wait to try out because of an injury settlement) “Well, yeah it was just a health situation really. There was really no settlement because that’s all being worked out right now.”
(On what fans can expect from him) “I just love to compete. I think I’m a guy that’s not worried about stats, not worried about individual accolades. Just trying to do whatever it takes to win football games.”
(On being a slot receiver most his career and if he played much wide out during time at Denver with Bates’ offense) “I did that in Denver quite a bit there. My first year I did a lot and then my second year with them I played more in the slot. Whatever they ask me to do, I’m willing to do.”
(On what he knows about Matt Hasselbeck) “Not a lot. Just from watching him over the years, I’ve seen what he’s done and played against him a few times. I’m looking forward to working with him. I know he’s been around for awhile so he’s seen everything so it’s good to have a quarterback who’s been through the fire.”
(On if their first conversations have been about football or ‘Welcome to the Northwest’) “A little bit of both. I talked with him yesterday so we’ve got some catching up to do on a few things but we’ll iron that stuff out on the practice field.”
(On how long he thinks it will take for him to get comfortable enough to contribute) “I’m not sure. I’m just going to work as hard as I can and really just let the coaches decide that.”
(On how important it is to have already played under Bates) “It’s huge to already come in and know the offense. It kind of gives me a leg up where as if I had come in here and didn’t know anything, it would take awhile. I know the offense and I just got to brush up on the little details of it.”
(On his tipped-ball catch against the Bengals last year in week one for a winning touchdown and if he knew the fame the video would get) “I didn’t realize it but I watched the replay because a lot of people said that I should hear his (play-by-play commentator, Gus Johnson) call and it was a great call, I love that call. I’ll never forget that one. That was a fun play.”
(On where he ranks that catch) “It’s up there, top-two or three, I mean behind Super Bowl touchdown and maybe the 49th touchdown I caught from Peyton (Manning). But other than that, it’s a pretty memorable catch.”