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Morning links: Carpenter making the grade

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 30, 2011 at 7:40 am with 25 Comments »
September 30, 2011 7:41 am
Seattle Seahawks rookie James Carpenter works against Denver's Von Miller. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

My story today profiles James Carpenter. Throughout exhibition play, Seattle’s first-round draft choice looked wide-eyed and appeared to be playing in quick sand, as he struggled to protect quarterback Tarvaris Jackson from the league’s talented edge rushers, giving up three sacks alone against Denver a month ago.

Carpenter, 22, was out of shape and lost, so much so that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll opened up the right tackle position to backup Breno Giacomini, and tinkered with moving the Alabama product to left guard with Robert Gallery unavailable for the team’s regular-season opener because of a sprained knee. Carpenter ended up starting at left guard next to Okung against San Francisco.

But those trying times seem like a distant memory now for Carpenter, who played well for a second straight week at right tackle, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

“I feel like I’ve learned a lot,” Carpenter said. “I feel like I’ve had a lot of weeks to learn and prepare, so things have kind of clicked and I feel like I’ve got it now.”

Jason LaCanfora of reports that according to a league source, the Seahawks are willing to listen to trade offers for linebacker Aaron Curry. This isn’t news so much as an announcement to the rest of the league that Curry is for sale to the highest bidder, although it still remains hard to move the second-team linebacker because of his $5 million, guaranteed base salary for this season.

Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle breaks down Seattle safety Kam Chancellor’s fourth-quarter interception from last week. Definitely work checking out if you’re into X’s and O’s.

Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc. previews the Hawks-Falcons game. You have to have ESPN Insider to view this. Kretz says Seattle may finally have found its true No. 1 receiver in Rice.

Kretz: “The Seahawks have been looking for a No. 1 receiver since the arrival of head coach Pete Carroll, and it appears that they may have finally found him. Sidney Rice saw his first regular-season action of the year against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 and led the team with eight receptions for 109 yards. Although he didn’t catch any touchdown passes, he did show the ability to stretch the secondary with his downfield speed, something no other receiver has been able to provide. Look for the Falcons to bracket Rice in an attempt to keep him contained.”

Peter King of Sports Illustrated picks the Falcons to beat Seattle, 27-10.

Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders likes the Falcons as well.

Albert Breer of writes that the Atlanta Falcons are not panicking, even though they sit at 1-2.

Clare Farnsworth of provides some notes from Thursday’s practice.

Rob Rang of has Seattle selecting North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples in his latest mock draft at No. 4 overall.

Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane became a 10-year-old Federal Way kid’s favorite player this week, footing the bill for four season tickets for his family and four No. 92 jerseys through the Make-a-Wish foundation.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution offers three key matchups to watch for on Sunday.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    A mock draft already?!? Christ almighty! Oh, and hey everyone, no need to watch the rest of the season. Apparently the Packers defend their title by defeating the Ravens… Can we impose a rule here, please? No damn mock drafts until and at least, the first college bowl game has been played. Jesus…

    Anyway, Carp embodies exactly why this season is about so much more than winning games for ’11. It has much about the development of the very young players here for ’12 and beyond.

  2. Soggybuc says:

    Thats it! Brandon Mebane is now my favorite Hawk hands down! sorry Earl, sorry Kam.

  3. bigsmooth says:

    Wait. I thought Carpenter was a bust? No way he was able to improve with playing time especially after he missed OTA’s, etc. What a reach. Whaaa! Whaa! (baby crying noise). What about the preseason? Carimi. Sherrod. Whaaaa!

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Yea, that’s a great story for sure.

  5. bigsmooth says:

    Sorry, that was a very immature post. Just got so tired of hearing everybody on the radio and in these comments complaining and being so damn reactionary.

  6. Great write up on Carp. I’m happy to see him improve and hold up to his “roadgrading” status. I saw a couple of pancakes on one offensive possession last sunday. You don’t see that too often in professional football. I’m happy to see him not get over powered but he still needs to prove himself on the edge rush guys. Maybe that will never come to him but thats not why we got him.

    I’m interested in this jarriel king guy. Must be a damn good prospect if the heads are keeping him on the roster just to retain him.

    Anyone know anything about him?

  7. Hey I’ll tell you what I’m loving about Carp. He’s played every snap so far. So much learning happens under fire….Every missed snap carimi has is a missed chance to learn the nuances of the trenches.

    Saw moffitt getting HANDLED by Dockett (no surprise) would like to see Carp laying a chip on guys like that but he was pretty concentrated on doing HIS job… I’ll take that.

  8. Yeah, makes sense, some of us speculated that he was out of shape coming in, and that contributed to some of his early poor play.

    I’m glad they’re keeping him at RT, and not moving him around anymore. Best way to grow and learn. We’ll take our lumps this year, we all know it.

  9. I’m not getting down on Rice because as I’ve said before, Rice is the most physically gifted receiver I have seen play in a Seahawks uniform. (No spurn to largeant but i was 5 when he played his last game here and i was more concerned with GI Joes).

    He had a big game sure but he hasn’t done anything that Mike Williams hasn’t done yet…and twice. In fact if anything AZ secondary has regressed since the loss of pro bowl DRC. If Tavaris gets to be scrutinized at every wrong juncture he takes than a little needs to be put on Rice dropping the TD that hit him in the numbers last week.

    I hope Sidney becomes everything we’ve expected as a top tier receiver and think he will. This Sunday he has a bit of a more established proving ground. And he’ll be facing MUCH tougher competition down the road. We’ll consider these first two games “tune up” games.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good news on Carp! It will be interesting to watch how well this young line developes as the season goes on.
    I think we can win 4 games at home, 2 on the road, and win a 4 way tie breaker to claim the NFC west.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    HawksKD- Agree! Rice has aways to go before I get all giddy over him. Durability being the number 1 thing. Imo.
    I say more Baldwin and less Tate or Williams.

  12. williambryan says:

    Carpenter’s play as of late should also serve as a lesson to alot of us frequenters (not absolutely sure about this word lol) of the blog that one training camp, does not mean a lot in big picture.

  13. I wish people would stop calling him Carp. My first thought when I read that is the kid on the Mariners. How bout you call him Jimmy? Jim Bob? CarpJam?

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Or in my case I could not be so lazy and simply type out his given name; Carpenter. lol

  15. Georgiahawk – agree with more Baldwin! Love watching him work the slot. Still one of my favorite quotes of camp speaking of Baldwins separation from the defender:
    “that’s not separation, that’s a divorce!”

    He truly is nifty in space and his routes and cuts are so damn crisp! (Golden please read)

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think Baldwin is our best rookie of what appears to be a very good rookie class. Last years draft was good too.
    I know it may be premature but when was the last time that the Seahawks have had two good drafts in a row?
    If we draft well in 2012, ( and perhaps find a future qb), then it could be three good drafts in a row. That would sure help with getting us back to one of the best teams again!

  17. Just like when Hass was yelling at Tate to get into the huddle last year.. He just seems to be lazy or not mentally into it.. More Baldwin.

  18. JoSCh, Really???

  19. I guess I’m going to call people and players whatever I want. Whether we’re talking Mr. Happy, comPete, The Duke Boy, Moffpender, Carp, The Chancellor of Kam, ET, Tru, Heater, or whatever. I think it’s fun and adds a little something, it’s not intended to be childish, and if it’s perceived to be that way, oh well…

    I can’t wait to watch “Moffpender” in a couple of months and, more importantly to me, next year. Getting some young cogs like that in a row (with Unger) is brilliant and I’m glad that after years of harping for that very thing it has finally happened.

  20. It “appears” the Hawks may have found a #1 WR? WTF? A healthy Sidney Rice IS a #1 and has been for a few years. It’s that dang staying healthy part that is the only thing holding him back b/c when he’s healthy, he’s a top 5 WR in the NFL (and would put up the appropriate stats like ’09 if he had a good QB). For now, he’s going to have to settle for being a top 25 WR on paper, even though if all things were equal with every WR in the NFL having the same QB situation he’d easily be top 5 to me.

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BobbyK- Why does Moffitt get dibs over Carpenter? After all Carp was picked first. How about Carpitt Moffpender?

  22. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    I will freely admit to wanting Carimi over Carpenter because Carimi was pretty outstanding at Wisconsin playing alongside John Moffitt, even winning the Outland Trophy awarded to the nation’s best lineman. But I wasn’t up in arms about Carpenter, he was certainly a very good player in his own right on 2 dominant Alabama teams.

  23. Soggybuc says:

    Maybe we should refer to them as the Carpitt, because thats were opposing linemen will spend their time in the upcoming years.

  24. Carpitt… I like it!

  25. I will admit to wanting Carimi as well. But I ain’t gonna lie… the recent play of James Carpenter (lol) has made me feel much better. If I had a time machine, I’d still pick Carimi, but I have nothing against “Carp” (another lol) and am moving forward with him and am happy about it now that he’s showing the goods.

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