Among the keys in the Seahawks’ run to their first Super Bowl championship was the depth of the roster. Another was that the youth on that roster during the 2013 season.
Jeanpierre, 26, started three games last season when Pro Bowl center
Knows the system and communicates well? That’s an understatement, according to right tackle
“We call him Lem-opedia, because he’s so smart,” Giacomini once said. “When we say smart, we’re talking about football-wise. Another thing, just like all the guys on the O-line, we like to go to work every day. So Lem is obviously a hard worker. And the good thing is, as you’ve seen, he can adjust to any position.”
Johnson, 25, was limited to seven games last season because of a hamstring issue that eventually forced him to be placed on injured reserve in December. But the 5-10, 212-pound Johnson had eight special-teams tackles in 2012, which tied for fourth on the club, and also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
On defense, Johnson is the backup to All-Pro strong safety
“You just make sure you stay ready,” Johnson has said of being the backup to a player who never backs down. “Those are big shoes to fill. If your number is called, you can’t have a drop off. You’ve got to try to play at a Pro Bowl level, because he does.”
But then Johnson, who made the team in 2011 as a rookie free agent, is used to waiting his turn.
“Jeron knows he’s good enough to play,” is the way defensive backs coach Kris Richard puts it. “And he’s still hungry.”