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One could argue that from one perspective all rookies are overrated until they actually prove themselves on the field. With that in mind, here are a few of the Seattle Seahawks’ most underrated and overrated offseason additions. Brady Quinn: Overrated Dustin Bradford/Getty Images We’ll start with an easy one. For this particular football drama, Brady Quinn has been cast in the role of “veteran” backup quarterback for a team that needed someone to hold the clipboard after the departure of Matt Flynn. In this case, the word veteran does not equate to accomplished. Instead, veteran simply means that Quinn has managed to hang around the league for six seasons, two of which did not include any action. His best season was in 2009, when he played in 10 games and threw a grand total of eight touchdowns. Truthfully, Quinn may not even make this roster.
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Then youre like, Wow, thats one big dude. So Bobby and K.J. have totally impressed me. Malcolm Smith started three games last season for Hill, an unrestricted free agent. And it was Smith who got most of the work on the strong side with the No. 1 unit this spring. A seventh-round draft choice in 2011, Smith brings elements that coach Pete Carroll covets most in a defensive player speed and athleticism; speed and aggressiveness; speed and tenaciousness. Also Get The Facts in the hunt for roster spots, and playing time, are Mike Morgan, who had six tackles while starting a game for Wright last season; Korey Toomer, a fifth-round draft choice last year who missed his rookie season after having shoulder surgery; Allen Bradford, a running back at USC under Carroll who transitioned to linebacker while on the practice squad last season; Kyle Knox, who also was on the practice squad last year; and veteran Heath Farwell, the leading special-teams tackler in each of his first two seasons with the Seahawks. The developmental part is OK from the young guys who havent played a lot, Quinn said.
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No. 31 on the list: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate . Why Tate is on the list Slow to develop as an NFL route runner, the 2010 second-round draft pick out of Notre Dame was an afterthought in the Seattle Seahawks ‘ offense early in his career. That changed last season when Tate led all Seahawks receivers with 42 catches, 635 yards and five touchdowns over the final 11 games (including the playoffs). Although undersized by NFL wide receiver standards, Tate was shifted from the slot to the outside last season. After making that transition, he showed a knack for making big plays in the red zone and down the field, as evidenced by this leaping 38-yard touchdown over New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson . That vertical strike wasn’t a rare sight. According to Pro Football Focus, Tate’s 343 yards on deep targets ranked in the top 20 , ahead of Andre Johnson . Only five NFL wide receivers had a better target-to-touchdown ratio than Tate’s .104 last season.
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Sherman said that he had nothing to say about Seattle’s NFC rivals and that he was focusing only on his own team. “I don’t have a relationship with him,” Sherman told NFL.com. “I don’t try to go any route with him. I don’t deal with him; he is not my coach. So I deal with what is going on in Seattle and I keep it there.” Sherman has made 119 combined tackles in his two NFL seasons for the Seahawks so far.
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Now Im putting it on the blog and having some of my friends play. Seahawks.com Blog | Wednesday round-up: Richard Sherman launches Blanket Coverage family foundation With the help of his close family and friends, cornerback Richard Sherman has announced the launch of Blanket Coverage The Richard Sherman Family Foundation. The All-Pro, Stanford graduate says the foundation will channel its resources to ensure that as many children as possible are provided with proper school supplies and adequate clothing. Where Can the Seattle Seahawks Improve Most in 2013? | Bleacher Report The Seattle Seahawks are one of the few teams on the short list of favorites to win Super more Bowl XLVIII . My confidence in this team has been no secret this offseason, already choosing Seattle to become the NFL s next dynasty… From the combine: More teams are using Moneyball, but tape still tells the primary story | Shutdown Corner – Yahoo! Sports “I think you’ve got to know what the Joneses are doing, and know what other people are looking at,” Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider said on Thursday. “Not necessarily in terms of how much money we spend on a player, or where we put a player on our board, but it’s something you definitely have to look at. There are so many different tools out there now.
The Seahawks also will experiment with edge rusher Bruce Irvin playing some outside linebacker on early downs. Irvin will miss the first four game of the upcoming season due to a suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Strengths: The Seahawks have arguably the best defensive secondary in the league. Cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas were named to the All-Pro team last year. Safety Kam Chancellor and cornerback Brandon Browner both have Pro Bowls on their resumes. Seattle’s ability to play physical, man-to-man coverage on the back end of the defense should help new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn create pressure with his front seven. Weaknesses: With leading sack man Chris Clemons’ availability for the beginning of the regular season uncertain after ACL knee surgery in January, along with Bruce Irvin missing the first four games of the regular season while serving a four-game suspension for a PED violation, the Seahawks need production from free-agent additions Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett during the first month of the season. ———————————————– NFL Team Report – Seattle Seahawks – NOTES, QUOTES –The offseason is well underway, but the banter between Seattle and San Francisco continues, fanning flames of the budding rivalry between two NFC West teams expected to compete for the division crown.
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And while he performed well at Alabamas Pro Day, teams obviously remained concerned about his recovery. Seattle initially pegged Williams as a three-technique defensive tackle. The Seahawks brought in former Miami Dolphin Tony McDaniel to help replace free-agent defection Alan Branch (Buffalo Bills), but Williams, as well as fellow rookie Jordan Hill, could wrestle away the starting role next to nose guard Brandon Mebane. Since arriving in Seattle, however, Williams hasnt just impressed at the three-technique position but as a backup to Mebane on the nose and as a five-technique defensive end, as well. This isnt surprising, considering he played both roles well when called upon by Nick Saban and his staff at Alabama. ESPNs Herm Edwards lists former Seattle defensive coordinator and current Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley among his up-and-coming head coaches in the NFL. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.