Happy Blue Friday, 12s! Here's a look at what's out there today, October 29, about your Seattle Seahawks.
D.J. Reed Joins 'The Huddle' With 710 ESPN's Jake & Stacy
Little was made of the Seahawks' signing of CB D.J. Reed in August of 2020. After being waived by the 49ers prior to the 2020 season, it was uncertain if Reed would even make the Seahawks' final 53-man roster — and if he did, some saw him playing a bigger role as a kick returner than as a defensive back.
Reed was activated ahead of the Seahawks' Week 8 matchup against the 49ers last season, and wound up being one of the catalysts of the huge turnaround the team's defense saw midway through the season. He made an instant impact, recording 6 tackles and an interception in the 37-27 win against the Niners. In 10 games, Reed would record two interceptions, 62 tackles, and bring a toughness and energy to the secondary that had been lacking over the first half of the season.
Listen To The Seahawks Insiders Podcast
Hosted by sideline reporter Jen Mueller and Seahawks Senior Digital Media Reporter John Boyle, the Seahawks Insiders podcast takes an in-depth look at each week's Seahawks game and analyzes the previous week's matchup. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you get your podcasts.
As a full-time starter at cornerback this year, Reed has continued to be a bright spot for a defense that has struggled at times, but appears to be hitting its stride — the Seahawks allowed a season-low 23 points to the Steelers in overtime in Week 6, and followed that up with a new season-low 13 points allowed to the Saints on Monday while surrendering just 304 yards, also their fewest all year.
On Thursday, Reed joined The Huddle with Jake Heaps, Stacy Rost and Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN to discuss the team's mindset following Monday night's loss to the Saints, his switch back to playing right corner, and more. Read some of the highlights below, and check out the full podcast episode here.
On the locker room conversation following the loss to the Saints:
"It was tough, as you would imagine. Being in close games and just not finishing — there's a lot of plays it takes a whole football game — but being so close and playing so well, it's pretty frustrating to say the least. But we've got the right guys in our locker room, so we're going to keep competing and setting the tone. We're going to eventually start winning, especially when you look at the turnover ratio — we're doing good, we're +3 for the season, which is number 10 in the NFL. We've got to just keep doing what we're doing and just make an emphasis on finishing."
On how "solid" the defensive back group feels:
"I feel like we're pretty solid, but I feel like we could always obviously get better. Including myself. I had a big pass interference call on a 3rd & 5 that ended up with [the Saints scoring] three points, and they ended up winning by three. So I look at all the scenarios in which I could've been better, and I could've played with more clean hands on that play, even though I felt that it wasn't a good call. But just looking at it, seeing what I can do, just got to be tighter in coverage and playing with better and cleaner hands. But as far as the DB room, I feel like we're starting to gel together."
On the switch back to right corner after playing the left side earlier this season:
"I'm just more comfortable in that spot, to be honest with you. When I watch film, I'm comfortable looking more on that side and knowing what I do. And that probably comes from me playing that side when I was at Kansas State, so I've been playing that for years instead of the left corner. It's kind of funny because I didn't think it would be much of a difference, but playing left corner felt different to me than playing right corner."
Make Your Voice Heard In Washington State's General Election
Election Day is right around the corner! The Seahawks encourage all eligible voters to get out and place their votes by this Tuesday, November 2. Make sure to check your voter registration status and register to vote if you haven't already.
Lumen Field and the Seahawks are partnering with King County Elections to host a Vote Center at Lumen Field Event Center for people to cast their votes and receive in-person assistance from Elections staff, starting this Saturday, October 30 at 10 a.m. Click here for more information on that Vote Center and the five others located throughout King County. The county also has dozens of 24-hour ballot drop boxes in cities across the region.
Visit seahawks.com/vote to find links to candidate and referendum information, directions on how to contact your local elected officials, and voter information for residents of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.
King County Elections Voting Center at NW Marshalling
800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Entrance located on the Northwest side of the stadium, to the left of the NW Ticket Booth
Open hours of the vote center are below:
- Saturday, November 4: 10:00am – 4:00pm
- Monday, November 6: 8:30am – 6:00pm
- Tuesday, November 7: 8:30am – 8:00pm
Seahawks Support NFL's Crucial Catch Campaign In Collaboration With Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Crucial Catch is the NFL's mission to fight cancer through early detection and risk reduction. Earlier this month, the Seahawks — in partnership with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health — launched a month of cancer awareness activities to promote early detection through the NFL's Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer initiative. Representatives from the Seahawks and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health participated in a ceremonial raising of the Crucial Catch flag at Lumen Field, and the Seahawks are hosting the team's annual Crucial Catch game this Sunday vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.
One Virginia Mason patient, Marilyn, will be in attendance on Sunday. When Marilyn went in for her annual physical at Virginia Mason Medical Center last December, some unusual lab results prompted further testing. Since Marilyn is a former smoker, a lung screening was done, which revealed three small spots on her lung. While one was determined to be scar tissue, surgery was required to remove the other two, and Marilyn later underwent chemotherapy.
Marilyn's story is one of countless that show the importance of being proactive and getting screened before it's too late. Click here to learn how you can take steps to get screened in your area.
Patients and physicians from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health helped raised the Crucial Catch flag at Lumen Field in the lead up to the Seattle Seahawks' Crucial Catch game on Sunday, October 31.
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More From Around The Web
At Seahawks.com, reporter John Boyle on how the start to the Seahawks’ season shows the fine line between winning and losing in the NFL.
Also at Seahawks.com, Boyle with more on former Seahawks head coach Mike Holgren entering the Seahawks Ring of Honor.
The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta gives his prediction and keys to watch for in Week 8’s matchup with the Jaguars.
ESPN's Brady Henderson on why the Seahawks’ defense could give them hope for a playoff run.
Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Jaguars as the two teams get ready to face off during Week 8 at Lumen Field.