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Archives: July 2012

July
31st

Edwards: “You can just see the energy these guys have.”

New Seattle Seahawks Braylon Edwards said he landed in Seattle at 2:15 a.m. this morning, just in time to make today’s practice. Edwards said he got the deal done with Seattle on Monday.

He joked about facing cornerback Brandon Browner again. Edwards and Browner had their share of battles last season, when Edwards played for San Francisco.

But those differences have been squashed now that the two are on the same team. The two players talked briefly in between drills.

“You know how it is,” Edwards said. “When you’re on that field, you kind of get into a competition, and that’s just how it goes. We never take anything off the field, even when we were against each other. Now we have a chance to be on the same team, so I’m happy that we can fight together on the same team.”

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July
31st

Hawks sign WR Braylon Edwards, cut K Wiggs

The Seattle Seahawks announced this morning that they have signed veteran receiver Braylon Edwards to the team’s 90-man roster.

Edwards had a tryout with the Seahawks last week, but the team added veteran receiver Antonio Bryant instead.

In order to make room for Edwards, the Seahawks cut kicker Carson Wiggs.

Edwards would seem to provide some insurance for Sidney Rice, who’s been working in a red jersey during training camp after coming off of two shoulder surgeries this offseason. Seattle now has 14 receivers on the roster. Edwards is wearing No. 17.

Edwards is expected to be at practice today.

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July
31st

Morning links: D-line ready to heat it up


Seattle Seahawks' Brandon Mebane (92), Chris Clemons (91), and Clinton McDonald (69) walk off the field following the first day of NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

My story today focuses on the budding relationship between defensive ends Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons, who need to work together in order to improve the Seattle Seahawks pass rush.

The Seahawks finished with just 12 sacks on third down last year, fourth worst in the league. But Seattle believes it has fixed that situation by adding Irvin, along with situational pass rusher Jason Jones on third down.

Irvin said his learning curve has improved with Clemons in camp.

“It’s a big help,” Irvin said about having Clemons back in the fold. “I felt like when Clem wasn’t here, I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Now that Clem is here and I get can a visual of what he’s doing, it really helps me out a lot.”

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July
31st

5 questions with Football Outsiders

Aaron Schatz, the creator of Football Outsiders, and Brian McIntyre, a salary cap specialist who works for NFL.com, were both gracious enough to answer specific questions about the Seattle Seahawks prospects in the upcoming season.

Football Outsiders is a stat-based web site dedicated to providing football-specific information on the NFL. Seahawks general manager John Schneider is one of the many people in the industry who keep up with the detailed analysis Football Outsiders provides, and uses their information in their daily work.

Football Outsiders just published their annual Football Almanac, which provides a wealth of detailed breakdowns like personnel trends and running success rates on each team in the league. If you haven’t picked up one up already, it’s recommended reading in order to prepare for the upcoming season. You can find out more information on how to purchase this year’s almanac here in PDF form or in print. It’s also available at Amazon.com

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July
30th

A few minutes with Jason Jones

Football player, basketball body
At 6-foot-5, 276, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jason Jones thought basketball would be his ticket to a college scholarship. The Detroit native averaged 24 points and 14 rebounds at Lathrup High.

But not many colleges were looking for a 6-5 power forward, so Jones used his basketball skills to become a dominant pass rusher at Eastern Michigan, where he attended school on a football scholarship.

“It’s just your footwork,” he said. “The sliding and the moves that you do in basketball – especially as a pass rusher – helps you out going against offensive lineman and people that are a little bit slower than you.”

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July
30th

Pads pop on Day 3 of training camp

No one appeared more pleased with the fact that the Seattle Seahawks were putting the pads on for the first time this morning than second-year pro K.J. Wright.

The oohs and aahs came first during 9-7 running drills, when Wright welcomed rookie Robert Turbin to the league by drilling the Utah State product, knocking him on his back a couple yards behind the line of scrimmage on a running play.

Wright continued to flash that physcial attitude during the drill by standing up Kregg Lumpkin as a lead blocker in the running drills.

And Wright also decleated veteran receiver Antonio Bryant on crossing route during team drills.

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July
30th

Schneider: Carpenter moving to left guard

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider had dueling interviews this morning on the rival Seattle-area sports radio stations.

Both sessions produced a couple tidbits of news.

Schneider told Mitch Levy of KJR-AM that offensive lineman James Carpenter, the team’s first-round draft choice in the 2011 draft, will move to left guard once he recovers from an ACL knee injury he suffered in December.

Also, Schneider said despite recent reports that the team has not decided whether or not Carpenter will be shut down in 2012. Seattle placed Carpenter on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to begin training camp.

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July
30th

A few minutes with Kris Durham

Big receiver, big-play ability

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the Seattle Seahawks, University of Georgia product Kris Durham is looking to move up the depth chart in his second season.

At 6-6 and 216 pounds, Durham has the prototypical size and speed the Seahawks are looking for at the split end position, and will compete for playing time at the spot with last year’s starter Mike Williams released before training camp.

Durham averaged a whopping 20.6 yards per reception his senior season for the Bulldogs.

“It was a little bit of a rust shake-off,” Durham said about his first few days at training camp. “Everybody is out there competing, which is the name of the game. I just need to continue to get better. There’s a lot of little things I need to work on, like getting off press coverage and getting in and out of breaks.”

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