Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com writes that all the Russell Wilson talk has overshadowed the real storyline this preseason for the Seahawks – the defense is pretty good.
Thiel: The arrival of Wilson has tended to obscure the club’s biggest virtue: the defense’s grumpy, agile ferocity. Wilson can’t help his giant, 5-foot-11 shadow, of course, nor can a comprehensive verdict on the Seattle defense be rendered when the opposing offense is as feeble as that of the Oakland Raiders, who spit up copious amounts of mess upon themselves Thursday night at the Clink.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com breaks down Seattle’s 53-man roster.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports provides video of Red Bryant chipping his tooth while celebrating with defensive tackle Jaye Howard after the rookie tackled Oakland running back Mike Goodson for a safety on Thursday.
Michael Robinson has a new Real Robinson report out, which features Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman. Check it out the video below.
Seven of the eight CBS Sports expects pick Seattle to beat Arizona next week. The lone dissenter? Pete Prisco. Love it. I’ve met Pete a few times back in Indianapolis while covering the NFL scouting combine. He’s a good dude, but hard to move once he takes a position. You have to admire that.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated writes that one of the myths of the 2012 season is Matt Flynn will ride the bench all season.
More Burke: He predicts the Seahawks will finish 8-8 in this NFC West preview.
ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down Seattle’s roster cut downs. He believes Seattle’s most significant move is cutting quarterback Josh Portis.
Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that former Seahawks quarterback Seneca Wallace was cut by Cleveland.
Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe writes that Deion Branch is out in New England. Former Seattle linebacker Niko Koutouvides also was released.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that former Seattle fifth round pick Mark LeGree was one of the final cuts for the Bears.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that former Seattle defensive end Nick Reed was cut by the Vikings.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Isaiah Trufant, the younger brother of Marcus Trufant, made the Jets initial, 53-man roster.
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that former Seattle linebacker Aaron Curry was placed on Oakland’s PUP list to begin the regular season.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that John Skelton was named the Cardinals starting quarterback for the season opener against Seattle.
Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News reports that former Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson made the Bills final roster.