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Post by Eric Williams on July 31, 2012 at 8:09 am with 16 Comments »
July 31, 2012 8:09 am
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.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune talks with defensive end Red Bryant about fatherhood and changing the occasional diaper. Said Bryant: “That’s when you learn how much you really love somebody … when you change their diapers.”

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com highlights the play of Brandon Mebane on Seattle’s first day in shoulder pads.

Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle says that the Seahawks need to narrow the quarterback competition from three to two soon in this video link.

Golden Tate is providing a daily account of training camp. It’s worth taking a look at each day.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times highlights the play of Ricardo Lockette in his practice report.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press previews former Seahawks defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

More Farnsworth: He talks with Kennedy’s teammate linebacker Dave Wyman about what it was like playing behind Tez. Wyman: “I always say, Tez would wipe out two or three gaps. So a lot of the big solo tackles I got and some of the best hits I had in my career were because Tez would wipe out an entire side of the line. He was that good, and just an amazing force.”

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com previews the potential NFL draft classes of the University of Washington and Washington State University.

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  1. bbnate420 says:

    Tez= easily one of the most underrated player of all time! Because of where he played and, also the position he played. Was very visible in 1992 when he got a bunch of sacks, but he was underrated and under-covered from then on out.

  2. If anybody has doubts that Matt Flynn will win the starting job, perhaps they should read Tom Silverstein’s report from Packers’ training camp last year:

    Maybe the coaches have scored it differently, but from a sideline view, backup quarterback Matt Flynn has had a better camp than starter Aaron Rodgers. Flynn usually plays with the backups and often runs the scout team, which are factors that weigh against him. Yet practice after practice, he’s fearless in the pocket, on target with his throws and always calm and collected. If scouts from other teams were allowed to attend practice, they would be making calls back home as fast as possible.

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/127982488.html

  3. Russell Wilson will be the Opening Day starter…I hope.

  4. Seahawks sign Braylon Edwards: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/31/report-seahawks-do-deal-with-braylon-edwards/

    While they’re at it, why not bring T.O. and Plaxico into camp?

  5. Soggybuc says:

    Eric, could you please ask Farnworth if he could try an interview with someone from the old Raiders or Broncos?
    would love to hear someone talk about Tez from that perspective.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Braylon Edwards… If he can hold on to the ball, he’ll add some value. But he’s failed to do that consistently, throughout his entire career.

  7. Soggybuc says:

    Jacob Green is one of my all time favorite Hawks! His son in law is quickly joining him in that category. come on Big Joe, you ready to be a third generation Seahawk?

  8. chuck_easton says:

    Edwards just like Bryant is veteran insurance in the event the young guns don’t step up and take advantage of the opportunity given them.

    If it is indeed a one year contract he’s a rental, at best, that has been signed to be a potential #2 behind Rice and an adaquate replacement in the event Rice breaks another body part.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    I was a huge Jacob Green fan. You want to talk about underrated, he may be the poster child.

  10. He was a great 3-4 DE, but I wish he would have had the opportunity to have played in a 4-3.

  11. Sarcasticus says:

    Most underrated….perhaps Joe Nash’s trick knee?

  12. Duke- Correct me if i am wrong as Jacob Green was one of my faves from back in the day and i was just a little kid)but wasn’t there a game where he helped block a FG, picked up the ball and ran down field but got so winded he kept trying to hand the ball off to one of his “hawks teammates for fear of being tackeld but they wouldn’t let him as they wanted him to score the TD? I think it was like a 90 yard run or so. I swear I remember something like that and found it one of the coolest and funniest plays I have ever seen. One of my Top 10 favorite Hawks memory from when I was young (born in ’73) the #1 is probably Kenny Easley missling into some poor sap from i think ti was the Raiders on a punt. as soon as that ball touched the guys hands Kenny wiped him out. Amazing. :) #2 memory was Largent’s revenge hit. man he took that dude out!

  13. Dukeshire says:

    That sounds really familiar. I’ll see if I can find something on that.

    I have a similar Easley memory: During the ’83 playoff game in the ‘Dome, he straight *blew up* Zach Thomas on punt coverage. Thomas caught the ball and before he could take a step, just as his head was coming down to look at the field, Easley launch in to him. He must have knocjed him back 5 yards. 60,000 people let out a collective “Ohhhhh!” So violent. It was awesome.

  14. bbnate420 says:

    Easley was before my time, but the highlights of his I have watched are Ridiculous!. I hope Kam can play somewhere close to the same level. Doesn’t have quite the speed, but he has an incredible knack 4 blowing dudes up!

  15. Carlsonkid says:

    I thought Wilson looked the best of three at Saturday’s practice . Flynn had a couple of batted balls and missed some open receivers , but then it was opening day of training camp …

  16. SandpointHawk says:

    Jacob had a 73 yard, interception return in 83 against the Browns and a 79 yard fumble recovery return in 85 against the Jets.

    Here is the one vs the Jet at 1:43

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIRhtAE9E3o

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