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Wednesday in Hawkville: Seahawks add depth at tight end by signing Kellen Davis

Posted Sep 11, 2013

With only two tight ends on the roster heading into Sunday night’s home opener, the Seahawks went looking for a third and signed former Chicago Bears’ draft choice Kellen Davis.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 11, when the Seahawks began practicing for Sunday night’s nationally televised home opener against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field:

WORD OF THE DAY: DEPTH

The Seahawks decided they needed it at the tight end position, so Kellen Davis was signed to join starter Zach Miller and rookie Luke Willson.

The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Davis definitely looks the part. Now it’s a matter of how much time it will take him to learn his part in the Seahawks’ offense after playing the past four seasons with the Chicago Bears.

“It’s somebody we definitely need for our depth at the position,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said after practice on an unseasonably warm afternoon along the shores of Lake Washington. “We only had two and something could happen real fast, so we need to start training somebody to start to get them ready.”

That somebody is Davis after he impressed the coaches during a workout on Tuesday.

“He had a good workout. I like what we saw in the workout when we were deciding if we wanted to sign him,” Bevell said. “I liked the way he ran around, caught the ball real easy.”

Davis, who turns 28 next month, played in 80 regular-season games the past five seasons, catching 47 passes for 529 yards and 11 touchdowns, after being selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He was with the Cleveland Browns in training camp this summer after being released by the Bears in March, but the Browns released him Sept. 1 on the final roster cut.

Davis displayed the ability to get open and catch the ball during his first practice with the Seahawks.

“I like what I saw,” Bevell said. “But it’s still really, really early.” 

To clear a roster spot for Davis, backup middle linebacker Allen Bradford was released.

INJURY REPORT: BRANDON MEBANE, BRANDON BROWNER SIT OUT

YOU DON'T SAY

“Our guys love playing here and they love being part of it. It’s a great spectacle. The No. 1 thing this week is we get to come home and play football here.”

Pete Carroll on playing at CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks were unbeaten last season.

The first official report of the week, as issued by the team:
Did not practice
CB Brandon Browner (hamstring)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
NT Brandon Mebane (ankle)

Limited in practice
DE Cliff Avril (hamstring)
OT Michael Bowie (shoulder)
DE Chris Clemons (knee)
WR Sidney Rice (knee/hip)

Full participation in practice
TE Luke Willson (oblique)

Walter Thurmond continued to work at right cornerback for Browner, who missed the season opener; while D’Anthony Smith replaced Mebane.

For the 49ers:
Did not practice
RB LaMichael James (knee)

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES: RYAN SEYMOUR, TY POWELL RETURN

Two of the players selected in the seventh round of this year’s draft were re-signed to the practice squad – guard Ryan Seymour and defensive end Ty Powell. They had been released last week to clear spots on the eight-man squad for wide receiver Tyrone Walker and defensive end Jameson Konz.

STAT DU JOUR: RUSSELL WILSON, PERCENTAGE PASSER

Russell Wilson’s 25-of-33 performance against the Panthers on Sunday produced the third-highest passing percentage in a Seahawks season opener behind a couple of efforts by Matt Hasselbeck. Wilson’s first 300-yard game in the regular season was even more impressive when you consider he started 1 for 5 before finishing 24 for 28 (86 percent). Here are the top-percentage performances in the team’s 38 season openers:

Player (year) Pct. (Comp-Att)
Matt Hasselbeck (2006) .833 (25 of 30)
Matt Hasselbeck (2010)  .783 (18 of 23)
Russell Wilson (2013)  .758 (25 of 33)
Matt Hasselbeck (2002)  .719 (23 of 32)
Matt Hasselbeck (2007) .708 (17 of 24)

With Seymour and Powell returning, two other rookies were released – offensive lineman Jared Smith and defensive tackle Michael Brooks. 

OPPONENT WATCH: JUSTIN SMITH

Last season, the Seahawks played one against the 49ers when they had Pro Bowl defensive line Justin Smith and one game when they didn’t.

oincidence or not, the results were staggering. During Week 7 game in San Francisco, with Smith in the lineup, the Seahawks failed to score a touchdown for the only time last season in a 13-6 loss. During a Week 16 game at CenturyLink Field, with Smith out because of an injury, the Seahawks’ offense scored five touchdowns in a 42-13 victory.

“He makes a huge difference,” Bevell said. “He’s one of the leaders over there. He’s been playing a long time. He’s very savvy with his technique. He gets great push. He does some really nice work with the games with Aldon (Smith, who has 35 sacks the past two seasons to share the NFL lead). Now they’re moving Aldon around, they’re moving Ahmad (Brooks) around as well. So Justin is able to help those guys and free them up.”    

UP NEXT: “TURNOVER THURSDAY,” AND A LOT OF 12 FLAGS

The players will be back on the practice field on Thursday afternoon, or “Turnover Thursday.” The Seahawks had two turnovers in their opening-day win against the Panthers and one was a big as they come as All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter that defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered at the Seattle 8-yard line.

Also, at 12:12 p.m. on the 12th day of the month fans are encouraged to raise a 12 Flag. There will be a rally at Renton City Hall starting at 11:30 and Mayor Dennis Law will run a 12 Flag up the pole at 12:12. A 3,000-square foot 12 Flag will be pulled behind a plane along the I-405 and I-5 corridors from noon until 2 p.m.

Game Rewind: Seattle Seahawks