In my story today, J.R. Sweezy becomes the latest project to bear fruit for the Seattle Seahawks.
The seventh round pick out of North Carolina State played defensive line in college, but converted to the offensive line for Seattle and has gotten occasional reps with the first unit at right guard, including in last Saturday’s game against Tennessee.
“I’m shocked, really,” Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable said about Sweezy’s quick development. “I think he’s doing a fine job in terms of his learning. Every day it’s new for him, in terms of whatever he’s experiencing he’s never experienced before.
“He’s not the typical defensive lineman who played offensive and defensive line in high school. He was a linebacker and fullback kid in high school. So he’s never been an offensive lineman and never put his hand on the ground that way. So this has been his first time, and his transition so far, I would say he’s ahead of schedule. Now let’s see how far we can take it.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that while Matt Flynn was efficient in his performance against the Titans, Russell Wilson provided a little magic. Boling: “ Flynn would be expected to display a degree of command, having spent four seasons with the Packers and seen considerable exhibition season experience. But Wilson was stunningly unfazed by his first time on an NFL field. He was equally composed during his postgame interview. He faced the usual questions, although it may have been the first time since he was drafted in April that he faced microphones, and no one thought to ask him about his height.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look at what worked and what needs work in Seattle’s contest against Tennessee. The play of the starting defense and linebacker Heath Farwell were positive, while the two interceptions thrown by the quarterbacks and some yards after the catch are things the team can improve, according to Farnsworth.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the initial success of J.R. Sweezy is the next in a succession of home run swings by the Seahawks’ personnel department, which is much different than the way Tim Ruskell went about his business.
ESPN 710 Seattle’s Dave Wyman gives high marks to rookie LB Bobby Wagner in this video link.
ESPN’s Mike Sando provides a comprehensive review of the Seahawks in this Camp Confidential.
KJR’s Dave Mahler talks with Hugh Millen about the Seahawks quarterback situation in this audio link.
KJR’s Mitch Levy and Hugh Millen talk with former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck about his return to Seattle in this audio link.
ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brady Henderson provides an overview of Pete Carroll’s interview with Mike Salk and Jason Stiles.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that John Skelton is now the favorite to win the starting quarterback job in Arizona.