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Pete Carroll confirms signing of tight end Kellen Davis
Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team's 1:30 p.m. "Competition Wednesday" practice and preparation for Sunday's home-opener against the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers.
"Our guys love playing here and they love being a part of it," Carroll said of the team's return to CenturyLink Field, where the club went a perfect 8-0 last season. "It's a great spectacle. That's the number one thing this week is we get to come home and play some football."
Carroll also confirmed the signing of Kellen Davis, the 6-foot-7, 265-pound 27-year-old tight end who was cut from the Cleveland Browns on September 1. Davis had spent the previous five seasons (2008-12) with the Chicago Bears, where he made 47 grabs for 529 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a result of the signing, the team released linebacker Allen Bradford from it's 53-man roster.
Carroll said Davis' signing adds some insurance to the tight end position, where the team has rookie Luke Willson on the mend. Willson came away "banged up" from the Seahawks season-opener on the road against the Carolina Panthers, but Carroll said he expects Willson to practice this week.
Below are some more news and notes from Carroll's Wednesday presser:
- Cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring) will run in practice today and return to practice on Thursday. "It looks like he's got a real chance to make it back," Carroll said.
- Carroll showed his players film of all the questionable calls made by referees around the League in Week 1 as a way to gain a better understanding of what to expect going forward. The Seahawks were flagged nine times for 109 yards against the Panthers.
- Carroll called wide receiver Golden Tate the team's smartest receiver, noting Tate scores highest on all of the tests.
- Carroll had high praise for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns in the Niners Week 1 win over the Green Bay Packers. "He's as well-equipped as you can get," Carroll said. "Big, strong, fast, a willingness to run, courage." Carroll said the key to keeping Kaepernick in check will be to play the run well up front and stay on top of routes down field.
Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth and Digital Media Host Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today's practice, when offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be available to the media.