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 NFL.com 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 NFL.com writes that the Atlanta Falcons are not panicking, even though they sit at 1-2.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides some notes from Thursday’s practice.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com 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.