Good evening. Well, this exercise gets harder every season. But with the completion of the Seattle Seahawks exhibition season, here’s how I see the team’s roster shaking out once Saturday’s roster cuts are completed.
Due to hit newsstands today, check out Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson making yet another cover of a magazine, this time Sports Illustrated.
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated writes a piece comparing Wilson to the player he looked up to as a teenager, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.
“He’s more talented than I am,” Brees tells SI. “He’s more athletic. He grasped the NFL game at a faster pace than I did. He has not only great leadership qualities, great charisma, but also the It factor that you look for in a young quarterback. I couldn’t be more impressed. You watch the road he traveled, and you’re happy for him and root for him.”
We’ll get to watch the two quarterback in action on the same field when New Orleans travels to Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Dec. 2.
Earlier this week, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said his starting tight end likely would sit out the entire preseason to make sure he was ready to play against Carolina in the season opener.
Miller recently was activated of the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, and has looked good in practice coming off a foot issue. Miller wanted to play on Thursday against his old team, the Oakland Raiders, and apparently will get his wish.
“He’s going to get into the game, and he’s ready to go,” Carroll said. “It surprised us that he jumped back so well.”
So what caused Carroll to have the change of heart?
In my story today, I talked with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Antoine Winfield about the transition from Minnesota to Seattle after signing with his new team in free agency.
And the 36-year-old Winfield said he’s benefitting from a change in surroundings, and the energy he receives on a daily basis from Seattle’s blossoming superstars like Richard Sherman.
“We have a young team,” Winfield said. “It kind of reminds me of a college atmosphere. Guys are loose, it’s very competitive and we’re working hard trying to get each other better, so when we go out on Sundays it makes it a lot easier.”
Specifically, it’s not unusual to see Winfield and Sherman huddled together at practice talking coverage schemes.
“Watching him from afar, you all know he was a guy who didn’t hold his words back,” Winfield said, smiling. “He pretty much spoke freely. But he’s a guy who’s very confident. He had a heck of a year last season. He made plays all over the field.
“But just getting to know him the last five months, he’s a great teammate. A guy who comes to work each day, and still is working on his craft. He wants to be the best.
“A lot of people just don’t take him serious because anything can come out of that mouth. But the guy works hard. You see it each day. He plays hard, and it shows up on Sundays.”