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A few minutes with Jimmy Wilkerson

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 14, 2011 at 8:42 am with 34 Comments »
August 14, 2011 8:42 am

Versatile performer

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Jimmy Wilkerson already knows a thing or two about the team’s defensive scheme, having played for defensive line coach Todd Wash in Tampa Bay two years ago.

Wilkerson played last season in New Orleans.

The Seahawks like the versatility of the 6-foot-2, 270-pound 30-year-old, and he flashed his pass-rush skills against San Diego on Thursday with a sack in the first half.

Seattle likes Wilkerson’s ability to play both defensive end and defensive tackle.

“I’m getting pretty comfortable with it,” Wilkerson said about the change of scenery. “The system is just like the system I was in down in Tampa. The terminology is just a little different, but I think I’ve caught on pretty good.

“I feel confident in knowing what to do when the coaches throw me in. It’s a learning process, but it’s going a lot faster than I expected.”

So have you always been a guy who can play all over the defensive line?

“That’s what I’ve been doing since my days in Kansas City,” Wilkerson said. “So Coach Wash, Gus (defensive coordinator Gus Bradley), Coach (Pete) Carroll, they all know what I can do on the inside, and what I can bring on third down. So it’s a very comfortable spot for me, going from defensive end to defensive tackle.”

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Wilkerson played for New Orleans in the NFC wild-card playoff game against the Seahawks last year, so he got a first-hand look at what it’s like to play in the noisy atmosphere at CenturyLink Field.

“It played a big factor (in) my decision,” he said. “When we were here in the playoff game, the way the fans get around the guys, there were no boos in the game, and we see that all around the league.

“And when I was taking my visit here, I was getting texts from a bunch of fans here, and calls from a bunch of fans, tweets from a bunch of fans. So they really opened their arms to me, and I’m glad I’m here.”

A heated competition

One of 18 defensive linemen on the roster, Wilkerson is in the midst of a heated competition for roughly half that many spots on the final 53-man roster.

“Any time where you have a lot of competition in training camp, it’s going to make you better, and at the same time it’s going to make the team better,” Wilkerson said. “So I embrace the competition, and like all of the guys say, may the best man win.”

Comfy in Seattle

Wilkerson said because of his familiarity with Wash along with Carroll and the role Seattle had slotted for him, he thought the Seahawks offered the best fit for his family in free agency.

“We wanted to go somewhere where we were going to be comfortable,” Wilkerson said. “Where we were going to fit in right away, and I think this team is a perfect spot for me, and a perfect spot for my abilities to be shown out there on the field. So I’m just glad that we got the deal done and I’m here.”

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  1. SeahawkFan12 says:

    I like what I’ve seen form Wilkerson, especially when he smashed Phillip Rivers in the face Thursday night!

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Texts and calls from fans? What’s his number, I’ll give him a ring…

    And the system is just like what he was in, in Tampa? Reading into it, that’s another indication they are transitioning from an under front into an over. Carroll certainly gives his assistants a lot of room to implement their own ideas and schemes. I really look forward to Saturday’s game to see if the front 7 continue the trends (Over front, Curry at Will…) we saw Thursday.

  3. 18 DLers in camp, some will end up on other teams. Why change from the Under?

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Klm – Good question. Of course it’s not a certainty they are changing, my speculation is based on their base 4-3 in the first half of the Charger game, the personnel and the new D-line coach (Wash). As I mentioned earlier in another thread, it will be something to keep an eye on throughout the rest of camp and preseason. But so far, signs are pointing that way.

  5. Sorry if I post out of context but I wanted add what I noticed in practice. It was definitely the most fun I’ve seen the players have. I thought they were gonna be slow and sluggish because the game but they were all amped and working hard early on.

    Really happy to see Okung out there without any braces and without any hitch in his giddyup either.

    I hate to lead the hype train but Baldwin has just been so impressive day in and day out. They even worked a little end around to him that gained about 7 yards. His route running is phenomenal on the one on ones. He creates so much separation that he just makes our corners look just silly.

    Speaking of corners Trufant is the only corner we have that can hang with Sidney. It was great to watch them work eachother. Trufant was able to stay blanketed on Sidney, great coverage. But Sidneys ball skills when the ball was in the air won out the majority of the time…
    Sherman looked solid in the press but has a ways to go. After getting burned pretty badly by Tate, Sherman incited some animated one on one coaching from Pete (returning to his positional coaching days).

    Which leads me to earl Thomas’ evolution into our vacated leadership on D: During the 7 on 7 drills Sherman pulled down an errant pass that went through tates outstretched hands. As he was returning the INT with golden in pursuit,, whistle blew the practice play “over”, Sherman was slowing on the sidelines and golden in a moment unwarranted intensity half tackled Sherman hacking at him from behind. Tate then stepped over sherman and jogged out the rest of the play without looking behind. While Sherman seemed to gesture WTF. Earl Thomas immediately cut off Tate from the sidelines and gave him a VERY hard shove and got in his face. There was a lot of playful bantering at practice. This was not one of those times.

    Ive been pulling to give tarvaris a chance as Bobby K might tell you. My patience is waning. Tarvaris looked terrible today. He seemed to be arming a lot of throws without setting his feet today. His inconsistencies are coming all too…..consistant.

    Another thing that worries me is every one of our starting offensive linemen minus unger were seen taking a lap for a false starts. This is also a chronic problem that needs to be done away with in the next couple of weeks or tarvaris’ inconsistencies will not matter one bit.

  6. Great notes HawksSD, Thanks!

    re: front-7 changes? Interesting post, Duke. I had assumed they played a vanilla 4-3 in the preseason opener because with Cole out, and Bryant is out, so they needed Branch at DT and don’t have another big 5-tech to make the Under scheme work. But if this realignment continues, it would be a significant change. It will be interesting to see what happens as starters get healthy. This D line may be developing the depth needed to shift alignments often enough to cause O lines some troubles.

    Curry at Will instead of Sam LB is worth a look in preseason, at least. Curry and Hill should be interchangeable at those positions. But Curry has to prove he’s learned some pass rush technique first, or hell end up back at Sam. Either way the line up, I think we will be happy with these two OLBs.

  7. SeahawkFan12 says:

    The false starts in practice don’t worry me. This is only the third week these guys have been together, and the lap-running will go a long way toward training it out of them.

  8. I have specifically asked what Curry is up to in practices and all indications are that he’s strictly a SAM. And then we get the WILL stuff.

    Did they never practice this and all of a sudden they try something new in a game (I know the answer is no)?

    Eric, Is this one of the few things that reporters aren’t allowed to talk about at the request of the coaching staff? Like I said, all I have heard is Curry at SAM.

  9. Clayton continued to show his one cut and rumble ability with quite a few long runs (on a non tackle defense)

    Justin Forsett was carrying the ball in 40 yard spurts by himself as 11 on 11s were operating. He seems to have gained another gear honestly. That will help him maintain some playing time as washington seems to have jumped him on depth.

    Lockette had another good day recieving with our 2’s but mostly our 3’s and our TEs were heavily involved again with Byrd and McCoy getting a lot of attention in the middle with both 1st and 2nd lines. McCoy possibly had his best practice.

  10. “But Sidneys ball skills when the ball was in the air won out the majority of the time…”

    We are going to have so much fun watching this! He’s a Larry Fitzgerald type of freak when he’s fighting for the ball in the air even when he’s covered. If I were Barkley, Flynn, or whoever, I’d be drooling at the thought of throwing to Rice, Miller, etc.

    KD – I love your practice reports. They add so much to the great work that Eric and Dave provide too. Did you see much of Curry? And, if so, where was he lining up all of the time.

    And, yes, Tarvaris… sigh…

  11. Dukeshire says:

    HawksKD – I’m really digging your practice reports! Thank you. I especially liked the Earl Thomas story.

    Stevo – I posted this in greater detail in yesterday’s thread; but it was much more than a generic 4-3, which is what I initially thought as well watching the game. I re-watched the defense’s 1st half yesterday, several times. The first “under” alignment came with 3 minutes left in the half with P. Allen at Leo, who ultimately dropped into coverage. Up until then, they ran a 4-3 over with Wilkenson on the strong side and Brock the weak (giving way to Konz and P. Allen). Hill was Sam and Curry Will and even stayed in at Will in nickel.

    And as I said yesterday, it makes some sense from a personnel perspective; Allen is not your prototypical 3-tech, especially at the under tackle. But in the over, with his size, he will eat up double teams. That would be a nice fit. ‘Bane as a result of now shifting to NT on the weak side in the over (as he was his rookie year) will see one-on-one matchups. This is were he’s had his greatest success, statistically.

    Understand, this is one half from the first pre-season game. And as you mention, it all may change when Red and Clem get back. However, I’m not convinced of that, but we’ll see.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – In Eric’s defense, I’m not sure how easy it is to really pick some of the alignment stuff up (on defense) without taping it and re-watching (also, who knows what their perspective is? Where they’re standing, etc…). Sometimes it obvious, but not always. Anyway, as he said yesterday, he was going to specifically watch for it moving forward.

  13. Curry does practice from both sides and they do seem to interchange quite a bit. Yesterday during 11 on 11 curry was working mostly SAM with Leroy at Will.

    I’ve put out of my head that Curry was the fourth overall pick. Looking from a different light he is a good player with still an overbloated contract. He has been doing well at the point of attack and also not bad in covering TE. He still seems to get burned covering our RBs that are flying out of the backfield but honestly there aren’t too many LBs that are gonna cover Washington on an arrow route one on one.

  14. I missed that part, for some reason, where he said he was going to look for that more moving forward.

  15. Ewalters7354 says:

    I’m so glad Earl Thomas is being a leader.Golden Tate is talented, but real dumb in the head.I honestly don’t see him doing anything this year.I remember reading Pete Carroll’s twitter and he was telling Tate to stop trying to be a coach and be a player.I’m not ACIAB but Golden really gets on my nerves.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – It was only yesterday he mentioned it.

    “… real dumb in the head.” lol, that’s funny.

  17. Ewalters7354 says:

    Duke,he really is.He and I are the same age so I won’t say he’s immature.But I will say he needs to start getting more serious.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    I totally agree. It’s just that expression makes me giggle. And since he’s significantly younger than me, I’ll say it for you; he’s immature.

  19. Ewalters7354 says:

    Yea that’s how we talk down here in New Orleans.More were that comes from lmbo…oh and thanks for saying what I couldn’t lol

  20. Dukeshire says:

    New Orleans. Sweet. I’ve always wanted to visit. Hit Tipitina’s, the Maple Leaf, Vaughans, Preservation, etc… Man, got to make it down one day.

  21. SandpointHawk says:

    Been to Nola many times, food is great, sights and sounds wonderful, photo ops to die for….if I ever get back my first stop is meeting with Ewalters…maybe not in his neighborhood. But after getting to know him over the past year he is a great guy….just saying….

    Oh my bad…of topic…

    How about the Portis kid, has a great chance to exceed if he keeps his head on straight….

  22. Dukeshire says:

    I thinks it’s cool how some people have gotten to know one another away from the blog.

  23. Ewalters7354 says:

    Lol@Standpoint…yea the culture is great I just hate the weather.It is sooo humid down here its a shame.Everything else is great.Duke,you would gain a bundle of weight down these parts lol

  24. Ewalters7354 says:

    I also am impressed with Portia.He had confidence and I can see him developing into a Josh Freeman type player.Tjack on the other hand,smh

  25. Dukeshire says:

    Lol. Fill me up with etouffee and Abitas ’till it’s coming out my ears…

  26. Yeah, I’m impressed with Portia too. Especially liked her in Arrested Development.

    Just teasin’ ya, Ewalters. I think lots of us are impressed with Portis (on the field) and can’t wait to see what he does in the next few preseason games.

  27. Ewalters7354 says:

    Lmbo@Canfan…this is the greatest blog site ever!

  28. Ewalters – welcome, all the way from NOLA! We vacation down there every chance we get for the French Qtr Fest, etc.. Love it, and I’m a big Saints fan here as a result. Last time down we got lots of dirty looks from Saints fans since our Seahawks had just knocked Saints out of the playoffs! It must be difficult these days saying you’re a Seahawks fan in NOLA!

    Duke – thanks for the detailed review of the D line. You’re on top of things and its only preseason week one! I haven’t started up my NFL Rewind subscription yet, which is how I like to re-watch games.

  29. Anyone notice how badly the 49ers offense broke down in their preseason opener? Probably the worst offensive line performance of the preseason. Maybe that’s because the Saints brought their A-game to their pass rush, but still the 49ers offense looked completely unprepared. Alex Smith and Kaepernick were both running for their lives and overwhelmed by pass rush. Harbaugh and crew fielded an offense that still has a lot of work to do.

    This is giving me great hopes that we can march into San Francisco on opening day and steal a victory!

  30. Ewalters7354 says:

    Stevo,it is very difficult lol…we had a big party for the Saints and Hawks game and when the Hawks pulled out the win it felt like Katrina all over again lmbo.What made it even sweeter was that the Saints beat us earlier in the season.Its fun though.I just wanna experience and Hawk game and CenturyLink before I die.Aiming for the Dec first game vs the Eagles.

  31. Ewalters7354 says:

    Yea the 9ers looked terrible the whole game.The Rams on the other hand looked very good.I think they will be considered the team to beat until we prove otherwise.Even though we beat them last year.

  32. Dukeshire says:

    Stevo – Williams blitzed the 9ers like it was a mid-season game. lol. Absolutely pounded them.

    And I’m going to make the front 7 (defense in it’s entirety, really) a pet project throughout the preseason and into the regular games. I’m fascinated by defensive schemes and love studying it. So I’ll continue to pass along what I see until someone tells me to shut the hell up. lol

  33. SandpointHawk says:

    Ewalters7354… if you are at the Eaglets game buddy…consider me there….

  34. Ewalters7354 says:

    Standpoint,most def bro

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