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Monday in Hawkville: James Carpenter did ‘nice job’ in season opener

Posted Sep 9, 2013

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 9, when the Seahawks reviewed Sunday’s season-opening victory against the Panthers in Carolina.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 9, when the Seahawks reviewed Sunday’s season-opening victory against the Panthers in Carolina:

WORD OF THE DAY: CARP

As in James Carpenter, the Seahawks’ first-round draft choice from 2011 who split time at left guard with Paul McQuistan in Sunday’s opener against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.

YOU DON'T SAY

“To play an NFL game at CenturyLink (Field) is an incredible experience. We get to do it a bunch of times. This happens to be the first one. So we’re going to try and live it up and have as much fun as you can have playing football in there.”

Pete Carroll, with an eye toward Sunday night’s home opener

It was Carpenter’s first regular-season action since Week 13 last season, as he spent the final four weeks on the non-football injury list because of a knee problem; as well as his most extensive action this summer, because he was sidelined for most of training camp and the preseason while recovering from another procedure on his knee as well as a sprained foot.

“James played fine. He did a nice job,” coach Pete Carroll said after reviewing the video of the 12-7 victory. “He made it through feeling good, health-wise.

“He played a number of plays in the game, played quite a bit and had enough chances – run and pass – to show he’s ready to keep moving forward. So we’re really happy that he made that progress.”

Enough progress that Carpenter might start in Sunday night’s nationally televised home opener against the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field?

“Not necessarily,” was Carroll’s response to that question, pointing out that it’s only Monday.

INJURY UPDATE: CHRIS CLEMONS, CLIFF AVRIL WILL PRACTICE ON WEDNESDAY

The hamstring injury backup safety Jeron Johnson got on the opening kickoff against the Panthers is a minor strain, said Carroll, adding that how the injury responses during the week will dictate his status for the home opener.

Cornerback Brandon Browner did not play against the Panthers after injuring a hamstring in practice last Wednesday. He ran today and will again on Tuesday and Wednesday. Carroll said he’s hopeful Browner will be able to practice on Thursday.

STAT DU JOUR: AN OPENER TO REMEMBER FOR DOUG BALDWIN

With seven catches for 91 yards against the Panthers, Doug Baldwin had one of the most productive opening days for a receiver in franchise history. His receptions were the most since Bobby Engram had eight in 2005, and his 91 yards were the most since Darrell Jackson had 98 in 2004. Here’s where Baldwin’s catches and yards rank among the team’s 38 opening-day performances:

Receptions  
Player (Year) No.
Brian Blades (1991) 12
Brian Blades (1995) 8
Bobby Engram (2005) 8
Steve Largent (1981)  8
John L. Williams (1991) 8
Doug Baldwin (2013) 7
Nate Burleson (2009) 7
Darrell Jackson (2004) 7
Sean Dawkins (1999)  7
Steve Largent (1986)  7

Receiving Yards  
Player (Year) No.
Brian Blades (1991) 160
Joey Galloway (1998) 142
Steve Largent (1978) 127
Steve Largent (1981)  114
Brian Blades (1995) 107
Darrell Jackson (2004) 98
Doug Baldwin (2013) 91

Defensive ends Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril also were inactive against the Panthers, but they’re scheduled to practice on Wednesday. For Clemons, the team’s sack leader the past three seasons, it would be his first full-team practice reps since before tearing a ligament and meniscus in his left knee during the wild-card playoff win over the Washington Redskins in January.

“Clem’s going to practice. He’s going to take reps this week,” Carroll said. “He’ll just see how he does. We need to just get him through the practice routine and see if he can handle it, which we think he can.”

Carroll added that Clemons’ status remains day-to-day. “We don’t know how long it’s going to take,” he said. “It may take a couple more weeks. I don’t know.”

On Avril, a free-agent addition this offseason who has been bothered by hamstring injury, Carroll said, “We’re planning on him being part of it this week, unless he has some kind of setback we can’t foresee.”  

STATS ’N STUFF: RUSSELL WILSON TOP-RATED PASSER IN FOURTH QUARTER

Russell Wilson’s performance against the Panthers wasn’t only good enough to lead the Seahawks to victory; it was good enough to rank the second-year quarterback among the NFL leaders in several categories.

With two games left to play on the NFL’s opening weekend, Wilson is the league’s top-rated passer in the fourth quarter (158.3, on 7 of 8 passing for 114 yards and a touchdown); ranks No. 4 overall rating (115.7, on 25 of 33 passing for 320 yards); and No. 8 in third-down passer rating (110.2, on 10 of 11 passing for 115 yards).

Jon Ryan is third in net punting average (47.0) and fifth in average (49.5), while Golden Tate is fourth in punt return average (12.0). Doug Baldwin is tied for eighth in receptions (seven) and tied for fourth in third-down receptions (four).

As a team, the Seahawks’ defense ranks No. 5 in average yards allowed (253.0); No. 3 in passing yards allowed (119.0) and No. 25 in rushing yards allowed (134.0). The offense is No. 11 overall (370.0); No. 9 passing (300.0) and No. 18 rushing (70.0).

UP NEXT: JERMAINE KEARSE AT PRO SHOP

The players have their “off” day on Tuesday, but wide receiver Jermaine Kearse will sign autographs at the CenturyLink Stadium Pro Shop from 6-7 p.m. Good timing, as Kearse caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Wilson for the game-winning score against the Panthers.

The players return on “Competition Wednesday” to begin preparing for the 49ers.