In addition to adding veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney, whose signing became official Wednesday, the Seahawks could be getting more defensive line help soon from defensive end Dion Jordan. Jordan, a free-agent signing this offseason, opened the year on the non-football injury list, but will return to practice this week.
Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft, has not appeared in a game since 2014 due to suspension and injury. His return to practice doesn't mean Jordan will play in games immediately. Players coming off the non-football injury list or physically unable to perform list can practice for three weeks without counting against the 53-man roster limit, so while Jordan can be added to the roster at any time, the Seahawks don't have to make that decision right away. After three weeks, Jordan will have to be added to the 53-man roster or be out for the remainder of the season.
"Really excited for Dion," Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday. "It's been a long haul for him to get back out. He's worked really hard, his mind has been at it the whole time. He's been in the meetings, he's studied, he's ready to go, so today was the first chance we had. He's in the walk thru and then we're going to ease him in, just bring him along and work with him after practice today some to make sure that he's making some progress, and then a couple weeks from now we'll see where he is. He's been working really hard conditioning-wise, but now it's time to get after football and start pushing on big bodies and all that. So it's really exciting for him. This is what (Seahawks general manager) John (Schneider) pictured a long time ago when we got this hooked up, that it would take a while and we might have something really special, so we'll see what happens."
When Jordan is ready to see game action, Carroll said the Oregon product's versatility allows him to line up at muiltiple spots, but he'd primarily be used as a defensive end in Seattle's system.
"I have watched all of his film and what he's done in the League and he's played all over the place," Carroll said. "He's played from defensive end, inside pass rusher, he's been a movement guy, spinner type of guy in pass rushes, he's been an outside backer at times, so he has tremendous versatility. He's a little heavier than he was at certain times in his years. He's really strong right now, he's really fit right now. So, I see him as a defensive end in our system right now that has the versatility to move inside some. He's a really good all-around athlete. Miami dropped him in space and did some cover things with him as well. We'll just wait and see how that works out, but we know all of that and we can go there when we want to. Right now it's just get his hand in the ground, come off the ball, run into some people — he's been running into strength and conditioning coaches with pads and stuff, and they're tough, but not that tough — so it's just a process. We'll see how it goes."
Additionally, defensive tackle Rodney Coe was signed to the practice squad. The Seahawks released cornerback Tyvis Powell from the practice squad Tuesday. Coe, who is 6-foot-3, 315 pounds, spent training camp and the preseason with the Seahawks before being waived during the cut-down to 53 players.
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