As head coach Jim Mora stated on Monday, the Seahawks did indeed reach out to Jeff Robinson, signing him to the active roster today. Robinson was back at practice this afternoon. To clear a roster spot, Seattle placed Kevin Houser on the IR.
Houser suffered a collapsed lung in Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.
Special teams coach Bruce DeHaven said the team is lucky to have a talented snapper like Robinson available so close to home.
“The thing that’s good about Jeff is I know him well and have coached him before,” DeHaven said. “You know what you’re going to get, unless he’s gone to pieces in a year, which he hasn’t. His conditioning looked very good today.”
DeHaven said with the good snappers, the thing that goes first is their ability to snap accurately on short snaps like field goals because it requires the smaller muscles to come into play, similar to a senior golfer struggling with his putting but still being able to drive the ball fairly well.
Robinson had a tryout with Atlanta last week.
You can listen to the conversation with DeHaven here.
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Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said he’s been impressed watching Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. on film. The rookie out of USC leads the Packers with 10 sacks, and play outside backer in Green Bay’s 3-4 defensive front.
Knapp said that although the Packers rank second overall in total defense, he believes they could have success offensively against them, similar to the way Seattle moved the ball on the road against Arizona the second time they played the Cardinals. Arizona also runs a 3-4 defense.
The Packers ranked No. 2 against the run (83.6 yards a contest), and Knapp says that number has a lot to do with Green Bay’s stout, 3-man front.
“Because of the unique pressures they bring and the stoutness of the inside three in their 3-4 package, that to me is the reason they’re doing so well in their run game,” Knapp said.
As far as dealing for cornerback Charles Woodson, who eight interceptions and four forced fumbles this season, Knapp said the 12-year veteran plays with great anticipation, with an impressive ability to predict routes because of film study.