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A few minutes with Darren Fells

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm with 5 Comments »
August 17, 2013 1:02 pm
Seattle Seahawks' Darren Fells, right, and Kyle Nelson practice at an NFL football training camp Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Darren Fells, right, and Kyle Nelson practice at an NFL football training camp Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Darren Fells said today is the one-year anniversary of his decision to give up pro basketball in Europe and pursue his dream of making the NFL.

And the 6-7, 281-pound tight end will take the field for the first time in an NFL game tonight when Seattle faces Denver in the team’s home exhibition opener.

Fells, 27, has been slowed by a lingering hamstring injury, but finally returned to practice this week, and should see some action when the backups play after the first-unit offense.

“Coaches were telling me that I was making great improvement, and coming along from an ex-basketball player to a football player,” Fells said. “So I just want to try and not take a step back, and get into my groove.”

Fells played college basketball at the University of California, Irvine. He did not play football in college, but Fells was an all-state tight end at Fullerton High School in Fullerton, Calif.

“It’s a learning process,” Fells said about the transition from basketball to football. “There are some similarities. In basketball, you need to work on footwork to become a skilled player. Obviously, I had to put on a little weight from my basketball days, so that transition is still taking place in learning the offense, along with learning the techniques of the game.”

One of the things that’s noticeable for Fells is he does not shy away from contact, which is somewhat unusual for a former basketball player. So he’s been better than expected as a blocker in the run game.

“That’s the No. 1 reason I changed to football, because I love that physical part,” Fells said.

But something Fells needs to work on is route concepts — running polished routes, anticipating where the window is going to open up in a zone and creating separation in the pass game.

“Consistency,” Fells said, when asked what he needs to improve on. “Show them that I’m willing to learn, and make steps to get better every time.”

Fells said he’s been talking regularly with older brother Daniel Fells, a tight end for the New England Patriots.

“We talk as much as possible,” he said. “With the training camp time it’s very difficult. But I’ve been talking with him, and he’s been giving me encouragement. And I try and pick his brain with everything I can.

“He’s been in the league eight years. So he knows a lot, and I can learn a lot from him.”

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  1. I’ve still got high hopes for Fells, hopefully if he doesn’t make the final cut this season, he can get stashed on the PS and make the team next season.

  2. One can not be stashed on the PS. Players can be signed off the PS to other teams.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, but they must be signed to the active roster. That’s a commitment that most teams aren’t willing to make.

  4. “So I just want to try and not take a step back…”

    Darren needs to read up on PC’s philosophies and start practicing them. This is a classic example of a negative affirmation.

    A tremendous part of a persons ability to succeed in a challenging situation comes from their own inner belief in themselves. That inner belief is a learned attribution that comes with practice…either positive or negative.

    Statements like this are the kind that are made by people who fail to reach their goals because they don’t really believe they can reach them. So they verbalize what they believe and it happens.

    True story and one of PC’s keys to success. Straight out of the Pacific Institute’s Investment in Excellence program. I bet PC would cringe inside if he were to hear or read this statement.

  5. A solid blocking TE would allow Miller to step up and remain the target he was in the playoffs last year.

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