Dave Boling of The News Tribune profiles Seattle Seahawks receiver Braylon Edwards, who looks like he will start on Sunday against Arizona if Golden Tate can’t return from a sprained knee.
Edwards said he almost shut it down in 2012 when opportunities dried up because of what happened in San Francisco last season, with the Niners releasing him after he reinjured his knee.
But he said that the Seahawks were one of the few teams to do their homework and dig further on his injury issue, and that he’s out to prove the rest of the league was wrong in passing him over.
“I’m blessed for the opportunity,” Edwards said. “At the same time, it’s a matter of revenge. I’m going to attack every day … making people pay for forgetting about me or disrespecting me or lying about me. This is my chance to prove it with my actions.”
Here’s my story after talking to Marshawn Lynch about his back spasms on Wednesday. Teammate Breno Giacomini had this to say Lynch playing on Sunday: “I think he’ll be fine, but we’ll see. If not, we’ve got some other guys that will get in there and get the job done.”
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times profiles Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who doesn’t have a bad day in coaching the Seahawks talented defense. Says Pete Carroll about Bradley: “He’s the best teacher I’ve ever been around. He’s so thorough, so thoughtful, and he’ll go to such lengths to find ways to make sense of the information so the guys can understand it in practical ways. It doesn’t matter how good we teach. It’s how well they learn. I think that connection is really clear with Gus. He’s great at it.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com checks in with Seattle offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy as he prepared for his first start as a rookie.
More Farnsworth: He discusses Marshawn Lynch’s status heading into Sunday.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times digs out his “Pete Carroll Translator” in deciphering the coach’s decision on cutting Kellen Winslow. It will provide a chuckle this morning.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com writes that quarterback Russell Wilson has to execute on third down better than Seattle did with Tarvaris Jackson last year.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the Seahawks and their chances to make the playoffs.
Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald talks with former Seahawks receivers coach under Mike Holmgren, Keith Gilbertson, who has retired and is back in the area after 40 years of coaching football. Gilbertson worked the past two yeas as an offensive assistant for the Cleveland Browns.
KJR’s Mitch Levy talks with Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman in this audio link.
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com ranks Seattle No. 15 in his power rankings.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated ranks Seattle No. 12 overall. That’s the highest I’ve seen.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes that Cardinals running back/returner LaRod Stephens-Howling is ready to play after sitting out most of the preseason with a groin injury.
Josh Weinfuss of azcardinals.com writes that the Arizona defense will face a rookie quarterback for the team’s third straight season opener. But Russell Wilson doesn’t play like a rookie. “I expect him to be poised and be able to make plays,” said Arizona safety Kerry Rhodes said. “For us, we got to go at him like he’s a veteran guy, a guy that’s done it before. We’ve seen what he can do on tape and we just got to be cautious with it.”
Former Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell passed today. He was 87 years old.
Mike Pereira of Fox Sports writes that the replacement refs didn’t embarrass themselves in the league opener last night between the Giants and the Cowboys.