Leroy Hill was penalized on the play. REUTERS/Rick Wilking ” The Denver Broncos travel to CenturyLink Field where they will have a date with the Seattle Seahawks. Without a doubt, this overshadows any of the other matchups on the NFL’s Preseason Week 2 schedule, but could it become thematchup we see on Feb. 2 for Super Bowl XLVIII? The Broncos have the game’s best quarterback in Peyton Manning. He is an offensive guru and a master at the quarterback position. You know Manning is great because he makes players around him better.
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Anthony McCoy is out for the entire season after sustaining a torn Achilles in May. To make matters worse, Zach Miller the teams other starter from last season is out nursing foot and knee injuries. Head coach Pete Carroll has assured the media that Millers injury is nothing to be concerned about, saying in July Im not at all worried. But until Miller returns, the Seahawks are left with unproven rookies to fill a critical role. Projected starter Zach Miller (eighth year, Arizona State University) When healthy, Miller is a bonafied first-string tight end in the NFL. Acquired as a free agent in 2011 by the Seahawks, he has slotted in nicely in Seattles system. Prior to joining the Seahawks, Miller was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2010 while with Oakland, leading the Raiders in receptions in each of his first three seasons in the NFL. Miller was also named an All-American in 2006 after a stellar college career at Arizona State University. While Millers reception totals have dropped off with Seattle, he has played well in the teams offensive scheme as a run-blocker.
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Tarvaris Jackson threw two touchdown passes and Brady Quinn , also battling to be Russell Wilson ‘s backup, threw for another score as the Seahawks beat San Diego 31-10 Thursday night in Mike McCoy’s debut as Chargers coach. ”I think you saw a little bit of what the Seahawks are,” said Quinn, signed in the offseason after spending last season with the Kansas City Chiefs . ”An explosive team, a team that likes to have fun and is extremely aggressive on offense and defense, and extremely confident. Hopefully we can build off that.” Jackson won seven games for the Seahawks as their starting quarterback in 2011. He was traded to the Buffalo Bills during training camp last season when it became evident he would not win the starting job over Wilson and Matt Flynn. The Bills released Jackson earlier this summer and the Seahawks re-signed him. ”It’s been a long time, but it was fun out there,” Jackson said.
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Join Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, JoshZerkleand AaronNagleras they examine the best possible path to the Super Bowl for the most legitimate 2013 Super Bowl contenders. Which teams pose the biggest matchup problems, which are most favorable and what exactly are the odds on each team making it? Seattle has all the tools necessary to make a deep run. With atalented young quarterback in Russell Wilson , a beast of a running back and a strong, young defense, the Seahawks expect to be playing in the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. Check out our takes in the video above and leave your own thoughts and predictions in the comments below. Look for all of our “Path to the Super Bowl” videos and 32 team previews in the NFL section of Bleacher Report. As always, thanks for watching.
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And what’s more, the Legion is suffocating opposing offenses in a revolutionary manner. With conventional wisdom having been that height is a disadvantage at cornerback, head coach Pete Carroll’s belief in tall, physical corners goes against the grain, and led him to the 6’3″ Sherman and the 6’4″ Browner. The results have spoken for themselves, as the two use their size and physicality to play a press coverage that disrupts receivers’ routes, stifles opponents’ passing attacks and creates turnovers. Sherman in particular is such a phenomenal shutdown corner that sometimes he has to bait the quarterback into thinking a receiver is open (when in reality Sherman is lurking close enough to make a play on the ball) just to actually have a pass thrown in his direction. This technique led to several of his interceptions last season. Add to that duo a bruising safety in Chancellor and a player in Thomasmaybe the league’s best safetywho flies all over the field to make plays, and you have a foursome that’s certainly worthy of their well-popularized nickname. The Legion’s ability to often handle receivers in man-to-man coverage is a tremendous luxury for the rest of the defense as well, creating a multitude of options up front. As new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn (who’s replacing Gus Bradley, now the head coach of Jacksonville) experiments with how best to utilize the tremendous advantage the team’s secondary provides, one can expect him to dial up a lot of blitzes this season.
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5. Clemons might make opener: Irvin’s out the first four games because of the suspension, which hurts the pass rush, but DE Chris Clemons may be back for the season opener. Carroll said Clemons wants to play in the third preseason game. unlikely from the coach’s perspective, but Week 1 sounds realistic. On passing downs, the Seahawks could line up with Clemens, Bennett, Avril and Schofield. 6. Rookie is looking good: It’s getting harder for rookies to break into this excellent starting lineup, but role players from the rookie class are critical. Keep an eye on DT Jordan Hill from Penn State. I watched his practice tapes, and the guy is quick out of his stance, uses his hands very well and has multiple pass-rush moves.
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With veterans Zach Miller and Anthony McCoy returning to fill the top two spots on the depth chart, Willson would come in as a third option to solidly the back end of the Seahawks’ roster. But those plans have since been thrown out the window. McCoy was lost for the season to a torn Achilles during OTAs in May and Zach Miller has yet to practice in training camp after injuring his foot during the team’s mini-camp in June. It’s forced Willson and second-year tight end Sean McGrath to step into more prominent roles during camp. With Miller sidelined for another couple of weeks before he’s expected to return to practice, McGrath is the only tight end currently practicing who has any regular-season experience. He appeared in the last two games of the season for Seattle and the Seahawks’ two postseason games against Washington and Atlanta. Now he’s the most experienced player taking practice snaps for the team. The Seahawks frequently used two tight end sets a season ago and will need McGrath and Willson to play even after Miller returns to action.
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2013 Seahawks Draft Pick Snaps vs. SD Draft Pick — — CB Tharold Simon , fifth round, No. 138 overall. A foot injury caused Simon to miss the game. He has not practiced with the team during camp to this point. Seattle’s quality depth at corner means Simon faces a tough fight upon his return. TE Luke Willson , fifth round, No. 158 overall.