Seahawks hope Avril brings heat to opposing passers

Seattle Seahawks News: Moving Bruce Irvin To Linebacker Will Improve Seattle’s Pass Rush

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced that Irvin will make the transition from defensive end to strong-side linebacker, and he will compete with Malcolm Smith for the starting job. Smith will likely start at the position for the first four weeks of the season while Irvin serves his four-game suspension stemming from a failed PED test, but Irvin will likely take over the job in Week 5. Irvins combination of speed and strength make this seem like a great move for the Seahawks. While he did have eight sacks last year, he struggled against bigger offensive linemen who were able to prevent him from effectively utilizing his speed, so a move to linebacker makes the most sense for him. Its also a smart move since the Seahawks bolstered their defensive line in the offseason through free agency and the draft, adding players like Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams. This move will free up more playing time for all of these players and will also fill the teams need for a third starting linebacker. When he was drafted, Irvin drew comparisons to linebackerVon Miller of the Denver Broncos . If these comparisons are at all valid, this could prove to be a great change that could help the Seahawks to improve their already stellar defense.

But Carroll plans on moving the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder to outside linebacker this year, where hell compete for a starting job with Malcolm Smith. Irvin will remain one of Seattles main pass rushers on third down. Carroll believes the transition for Irvin will be an easy one. Hes extremely versatile, and thats why weve loved him from the start, Carroll said. Hes really fast. Hes 250 pounds, and hes exactly fitting the right kind of body type to play outside backer in the 3-4 system. Were a 4-3 personnel system that plays 3-4 looks. Hes extremely valuable for us. COMPETITION AT DT The Seahawks lost their starting defensive tackle combination next to nose guard Mebane when they let Alan Branch (Buffalo) and Jason Jones (Detroit) sign with other teams in free agency.

Seattle Seahawks release WR Charly Martin, claim long snapper Kyle Nelson off waivers

And with more than a month passed since the draft, we thought it would be interesting to review that selection process by division, now that teams have given a bit of insight into how their new players will be used. We’ve already covered the NFC West, AFC West, AFC South, NFC South, and NFC North. Now, we’ll move to the AFC North to see how the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers did with their selections. PFT Preseason Power Rankings No. 29: Arizona Cardinals | ProFootballTalk In just a couple of seasons the NFC West has managed to go from being perpetually putrid to perhaps the best division in football. That reality will make the rebuilding job of the Arizona Cardinals under new head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim that much more difficult. 57-Day NFL Warning: Alfred Morris, the Old-School Punch in the Redskins’ New-Look Offense – The Triangle Blog – Grantland It might make sense for the first Redskin in this countdown to be another second-year member of the Washington offense, but Im sorry to say thats not going to happen. In fact, his name will not appear in this space at any point.

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Wide receiver Charly Martin has been released by the Seattle Seahawks, who also claimed long snapper Kyle Nelson off waivers. The Seahawks made the roster moves on Thursday, two weeks before the start of training camp. Martin was a long shot to make Seattles roster, despite playing in four games for the Seahawks last season. Martin had four catches for 42 yards in his one season with the Seahawks. He previously spent time with Carolina and Jacksonville. Nelson snapped in six games last season for San Diego before being released by the Chargers in May. He signed with San Francisco but was released by the 49ers earlier this week. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Veterans Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril will occupy this key role in 2013. The Leo usually lines up a little wider than the other defensive end. That player operates in a five-technique, directly over the offensive tackle. It is usually a bigger end, Carroll refers to as “Elephant.” Red Bryant has played this role in recent seasons and essentially gives Seattle’s four-man line three defensive tackles. The strong-side linebacker normally joins the line next to the Elephant and acts as the main blitzer from the second level. With this player on one edge and the Leo on the other corner, bracketing three big men in the middle, the Seahawks essentially play a de facto 3-4. Irvin is perfect for the strongside role because his pass rush skills are his best attribute. He has the speed, agility and lean to routinely dart around the edges of pass-protection.

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