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Morning links: Trufant family reunion at CenturyLink

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 7, 2012 at 6:39 am with 13 Comments »
November 7, 2012 11:45 am
Pete Carroll greets Desmond, Isaiah and Marcus Trufant (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

In my story today, CenturyLink Field will host a family reunion of sorts when 10-year Seahawks veteran defensive back Marcus Trufant meets his younger brother, New York Jets defensive back Isaiah Trufant in an NFL game for the first time on Sunday.

While Marcus Trufant was a first-round pick for the Seahawks in 2003, younger brother Isaiah took a more circuitous route, grinding in the Arena League and the United Football league before getting his shot two years ago with the Jets.

Youngest brother Desmond Trufant also will play at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night when the University of Washington hosts Utah in a Pac-12 contest.

“It’s definitely exciting,” Isaiah Trufant said about his return to Seattle. “It’s good to come back home to be able to play in front of people I grew up with and that follow me.

“At the end of the day football is football. The UFL opened the window to help give me the opportunity to play in the NFL. But now that I’m here, it’s all about business and trying to make a name for myself. I’m very appreciative of the staff and the coaches here for giving me an opportunity.”

Here’s the profile I wrote on the Trufant family two years ago.

Clare Farnsworth of reports that receiver Charly Martin was released from the active roster, and receiver Lavasier Tuinei was let go from the practice squad. Looks like this could be a move to add Walter Thurmond from the PUP list to the active roster.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a look at Russell Wilson’s improvement in three key categories this season – third down passing, making plays with his feet and red zone.

ESPN’s Mike Sando has Russell Wilson, Seattle’s receivers group and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell rising in his NFC West stock watch.

Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times profiles Seahawks team statistician Todd Neilson, who breaks down all of the tendencies for Seattle in preparation for the upcoming opponent.

More Farmer: He spent a week following Pete Carroll around the team’s facility to get an up-close look at the preparation that goes into getting ready for a Sunday game.

The Raiders have activated former Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry to the active roster from the PUP list.

The Seahawks come in at No. 11 in the AP Pro32. As always, some interesting comments on the team by the panel of voters. Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune: “If they played every game in Seattle they would be the equivalent of the 1972 Dolphins and Russell Wilson would be Joe Montana.”

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was rated the most overrated coach in the league by NF players in this Sporting News poll.

Pete Carroll received some votes as the most underrated coach in the NFL.

Seahawks rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner gets some votes for defensive rookie of the year in this midseason report from 16 panelists at

Peter King of Sports Illustrated puts Seahawks center Max Unger on his midseason all-pro team. Wagner is his defensive rookie of the year.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated lists Golden Tate’s simultaneous catch as the play of the year so far this season.

Morning links
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  1. confucious says:

    Does anybody know Wright and Carpenters status? May still be too early. I liked too see Carp and Oaky working that left side. The combination of size and speed is suiting the offense well. It will only get better as Carp becomes more comfortable with the position.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good article Eric.
    I’m a big fan of the Trufant brothers.

  3. I loved the Pete Carroll story from the LA Times. I truly believe he is just getting started here and we are in for great run over the next several seasons.

  4. TomlPDX says:

    Oh well, the revolving WR door continues to churn. Never really impressed with Martin and was hoping that Tuinei would stay around on the PS a little bit longer than he did. I’ve given up on Butler’s return to the team.

  5. MoSeahawk12 says:

    OT, new Soundgarden album is streaming for free on itunes. Little visit to the 90’s. Time to work over the Jets.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    confucious – Neither are going to practice today. Beyond that, I don’t think much has been reported.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Two really cool pieces by Farmer. Especially liked the one with Todd Neilson.

  8. I,too would like the Hawks to call Deon Butler back. He`s a great possession player & runs precise routes. He knew where the First-down Markers where. Call him Hawks!!

  9. Singularitarian says:

    Fantasy football question: Hitting a bad bye week for my recieving corps, I have to play 3 of these 4: Golden Tate vs NYJ, Kenny Britt @ Mia, Brandon Lloyd vs Buffalo, and Julio Jones @ NO(obvious). Points per reception scoring. I guess my toss up is Tate or Kenny Britt

  10. Go with the hot hand, playing with the hot QB at home.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    From a purely objective view: Tate is facing the #1 fantasy defense agains WRs in the league, Britt is facing the #29th. So from a matchup standpoint, Britt is the better play. As for the QBs: The Jets are ranked 4th against opposing QBs and Miami is 25th. Again, the matchup favors Britt. If you go on gut or just a feeling though, that’s a different story. Tate has has back to back decent fantasy weeks and is a big part of Seattle’s offense, for good or ill.

  12. TomlPDX says:

    Plus Tate has gained the confidence from RW to target him more often and in more difficult situation. Tate has good upside but if RW gets shut down, so will Tate.

    I keep looking at Tate and Rice to add to my roster for depth but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

  13. sluggo42 says:

    Tate might not get as many targets this week due to the blistering ground game that we are going to jam down their throats

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