Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, Sept. 7 - about your Seattle Seahawks
Carroll On 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined the team's flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday morning with hosts "Brock and Salk" to discuss the team's weekend of roster moves to get from 75 to 53 players.
The full audio file is embedded for you below, along with a few highlights from the conversation:
- On the heels of Sunday's trade of running back Christine Michael to the Dallas Cowboys, Carroll confirmed Seattle's addition of veteran running back Fred Jackson. Carroll said he expects Jackson to contribute most as a blocker and receiver in passing situations, spelling starter Marshawn Lynch on some third down plays just like Robert Turbin - who was placed on injured reserve over the weekend - has done in the past. Carroll said Michael wasn't ready to take on a role like that and the team did not want to put that responsibility on Thomas Rawls, who made Seattle's 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie.
- Carroll confirmed it was a fifth-round draft pick in 2016 that the Seahawks traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for safety Kelcie McCray, noting the Chiefs weren't very willing to part ways with the fourth-year pro. Carroll called McCray a "featured special teams guy" who moves well in space and who has the ability to play both the strong and free safety positions.
- Carroll said wide receiver B.J. Daniels helped his case for making the final roster with his performance in the team's final preseason game, where Daniels helped quarterback Seattle to a win over the Oakland Raiders. With questions still surrounding the return of Tarvaris Jackson (high-ankle sprain), who the Seahawks hope to have ready for this weekend's regular season opener against the St. Louis Rams, Carroll said Daniels could serve as backup quarterback if needed.
- Former University of Washington wideouts Kasen Williams and Kevin Smith were two of seven players the Seahawks signed to their practice squad yesterday. Carroll said both players "played great" in preseason and are "almost interchangeable" with receivers on the team's 53-man roster, indicating each player has the potential to compete for a spot.
- Carroll confirmed free safety Earl Thomas would be ready to play against the Rams this weekend. Thomas missed each of the team's four preseason games recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but Carroll said he has been practicing well recently.
- Tight end Cooper Helfet is dealing with a sprained knee and linebacker Mike Morgan has a hamstring setback. But other than that, Carroll said the team is fortunate to be as healthy as they are heading into the 2015 opener.
- The Seahawks will vote on team captains today.
- Carroll indicated nothing new on the status of strong safety Kam Chancellor, the team's defensive captain last year who has yet to report. "We have to focus on what's at hand and going ahead," Carroll said. "So that's what we've done." Carroll called it an important week to figure out where Chancellor stands, but noted the team has plenty of other leaders on the defensive side of the ball, including cornerback Richard Sherman, linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, and defensive end Michael Bennett. "They stand for what we're all about on the defensive side. ... We'd love to have everybody," Carroll said. "But we're going to be strong anyway."
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando, who shares that an NFL-high four players the Seahawks' waived on their roster cutdown to 53 were claimed by other teams. The four players were defensive tackle T.Y. McGill (Colts), defensive end Obum Gwacham (Saints), safety Ronald Martin (Jets), and safety Keenan Lambert (Raiders).
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle has a position-by-position look at the Seahawks' 53-man roster.
I recap the strong start defensive end Frank Clark is off to in his first season with the Seahawks.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times analyzes Seattle's offense, defense, and special teams before the regular-season opener.
And the staff at NFL.com share their picks and predictions for individual NFL honors, AFC playoff teams, NFC playoff teams, championship games, and Super Bowl 50 as the 2015 seasons gets underway.
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