Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin is experiencing some growing pains in the early portion of his first year in the NFL.
Irvin doesn’t have a sack or tackle in three exhibition games. Two rookie pass rushers drafted after Irvin, the Jets’ Quinton Coples (three sacks) and the Chargers’ Melvin Ingram (two sacks) have been more productive statistically.
But Todd Wash, Seahawks defensive line coach, is not worried about Irvin’s progress at this point.
“We’ve seen so much development,” Wash said. “The first couple (games) we were seeing some apprehension with his get-off, (being) unsure of things; I think there was a lot of thinking going on.”
Wash said that in the third exhibition game, against Kansas City, Irvin had several quarterback pressures and near sacks.
Irvin said he’s heard some of the criticism from fans.
“People are talking about how I haven’t gotten a sack yet, but it’s the preseason,” he said. “You’ll always face adversity, and the best way to deal with it is to just keep working hard.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that quarterback Matt Flynn made it through the entire practice on Tuesday, and that his sore elbow appears to be much better.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that receiver Ben Obomanu is once again on the roster bubble.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that Seattle rookie offensive guard J.R. Sweezy fought an uphill battle, and is now in position to earn a starting job.
Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN Seattle provides an overview of Russell Wilson’s conversation with Brock Huard and Mike Salk. Wilson says he never thinks about running when he scrambles after a play breaks down, and is always trying to make a play with his arm first. Wilson: “I never, ever think about running the football. I’m always wanting to throw the ball and if something closes, if I go through my progression and it closes, it’s like, ‘Bam.’ It happens so fast and you’re out. You’re just trying to get something positive.”
Wilson also appeared on the NFL Network yesterday. Check out the video link here.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. lists running back Robert Turbin as one of his rookie sleepers. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Michael Lombardi of NFL.com lists Marshawn Lynch and Max Unger as blue chips on his list of the top offensive players in the league. Red Bryant and Earl Thomas made his list on defense, although Thomas is listed as a red chip.
Contrary to an earlier report, the Seahawks say they are not pursuing a Super Bowl bid.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that Terrell Owens’ release was more about Braylon Edwards’ performance than T.O.’s attitude.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated writes that Russell Wilson was one of the clear winners in preseason Week 3.