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Tuesday in Hawkville: Transition trio also includes Allen Bradford

Posted Sep 3, 2013

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 3, when the players had an off day but the coaches were working on the game plan for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Panthers in Carolina.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 3, when the players had an off day but the coaches were working on the game plan for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Panthers in Carolina:

WORD OF THE DAY: BACK(ER)

Welcome to the new football world of Allen Bradford, the running back turned middle linebacker for the Seahawks.

Much has been made of the transitions J.R. Sweezy and Jared Smith made from college defensive linemen to NFL offensive linemen the past two years – with Sweezy now the starting right guard in his second season and Smith on the practice squad to start his rookie season. And rightfully so.

But going from running back to middle linebacker also deserves some “way to go” credit.

“It was a real difficult task,” Bradford said. “But I had a lot of people helping me throughout.”

The list starts with linebackers coach Ken Norton and head coach Pete Carroll, but also includes defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and veteran backup Heath Farwell.

“I still have a lot to improve on,” Bradford said. “I’ve been helped a lot. I’m just trying to take it all in, keep learning and be ready.”

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“We’re fired up about it and guys are looking forward to getting ready in this game plan.”

Pete Carroll

Bradford was the Seahawks’ leading tackler during the preseason, but that didn’t help him tackle the doubts when it came to the roster cut to 53 players on Saturday – which also was his 25th birthday.

“You just can’t be comfortable. You just never know in this business,” said Bradford, who entered the league as a running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011 but was claimed by the Seahawks after being waived.

“You’ve just got to take it as it comes. I talked to my agent about 10 minutes before the deadline and he said, ‘You made it.’ ”

Now that he has “made it,” Bradford is focused on insuring he continues to make it.

“I’m just going to go hard, day in and day out,” he said. “Just take care of my body and just be ready whenever my number is called.” 

POSITION WATCH: CORNERBACK

Richard Sherman. Brandon Browner. Walter Thurmond. Jeremy Lane. Byron Maxwell. Is there a deeper position on the Seahawks’ deep and talented roster?

“I’ve never had this much depth at corner,” Carroll said after Monday’s practice. “Both the starters (Sherman and Browner) are great at what they do. But to have Walter and Maxie and Jeremy, those guys can really go now. Just as they showed last year. We won four games with those guys playing and wouldn’t hesitate to play those guys again.”

Thurmond started one game and Lane the next three when Browner was serving a four-game suspension in December, and the Seahawks went 4-0.

“So we have experience, we have tremendous athletic ability there,” Carroll said. “Really big-time speed, and they’ve got size, too. So it’s a great group and we don’t hesitate to play those guys.”

STATS ’N STUFF: TARVARIS JACKSON TOP-RATED PRESEASON PASSER

This week is all about the long-awaited opener against the Panthers, but it’s also worth taking one last look at which Seahawks ranked among the preseason leaders in the NFL.

STAT DU JOUR: SEPTEMBERS TO REMEMBER

Since 2003, the Seahawks are 21-11 in the month of September, which ties for the fourth-best first-month record in the league during that span:

Team Record Pct.
Colts        23-9 .719
Patriots 21-10 .677
Cowboys 21-10 .677
Seahawks 21-11 .656
Ravens 21-11 .656
Broncos 22-12 .647
Giants 20-12 .625

Tarvaris Jackson led the league in passer rating (131.4) by completing 26 of 36 passes for 357 yards with three touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also was No. 3 in fourth-quarter passer rating (149.3), as he completed 8 of 9 passes for 93 yards with two TDs; and No. 5 in third-down passing (137.2), when he was 9 of 12 for 129 yards with a TD.

Wide receiver Stephen Williams led the league in receiving yards (236) and averaged 33.7 yards on his seven receptions. He and fellow wide-out Jermaine Kearse tied for second in scoring (18 points) among non-kickers. Kicker Steven Hauschka was ninth in scoring (31 points) and tied for third in touchbacks (12) on his kickoffs.

Rookie running back Christine Michael was fourth in rushing (201 yards) and also converted each of his three third-and-1 carries to tie for the league lead. Rookie tight end Luke Willson tied for second with six third-down receptions.

Michael (248) and Williams (236) were second and sixth in total yards, while Michael also tied for fifth in first downs (11).

Jon Ryan was sixth in punting average (49.8) and Thurmond was No. 10 in punt return average (20.0).

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As a team, the Seahawks tied for first in turnover differential (plus-8), ranked No. 9 in average offensive yards (351.3) and No. 3 in average yards allowed (239.3).

UP NEXT: COUNTDOWN TO THE OPENER

The players return from their off day for a full day of preparation on Wednesday, including a midday walkthrough and an afternoon practice.

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