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Thursday Round-Up: Ben Burr-Kirven Talks Training Camp, Personal Growth As Player

The third year linebacker talked about the Seahawks’ linebacker group and his growth as a player during his career with 710 ESPN’s “Wyman & Bob”.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, August 12 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Ben Burr-Kirven Joins 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob"

There has been a lot of excitement and hype surrounding the Seahawks' linebacker group heading into the 2021 season. They were recently named among the best linebacker units in the league and will once again be led by seven-time All-Pro and future Hall of Famer, Bobby Wagner. Second-year linebackers Jordyn Brooks and Darrell Taylor figure to take on bigger roles in the defense this year, while third-year man Cody Barton looks to gain more snaps and continue his strong special teams play.

Fellow third-year backer and special teams standout Ben Burr-Kirven is another player who will look to look to get his name in the mix, as he battles for playing time with undrafted rookie Jon Rhattigan and Aaron Donkor of Germany, who joined the Seahawks through the NFL's International Player Pathway Program. Burr-Kirven recorded eight tackles in 16 games for the Seahawks last season, seeing 10 snaps on defense and playing 65% of snaps on special teams.

On Wednesday, the University of Washington product talked with 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob" about his training camp so far, the Seahawks' linebacker unit as a whole, and his development as a player over his first three seasons. Click here to listen to the full episode (the Burr-Kirven segment begins around the 21:30 mark) and read some highlights below:

On this year's training camp so far:

"It's been a good camp so far. We feel like we're getting somewhere now, getting close to these preseason games. It starts to feel a lot more like real football is going to start, start hitting guys that aren't our teammates. It's been a good camp for me so far. I feel like I've grown a lot. I've gotten to play a lot the last couple weeks because we've had some guys up and down, things like that. So hopefully I'll get to have a good run in this game this weekend and get to make some good plays."

"Do you feel like you learn something new every year?"

"Yeah, absolutely. There's always a little nuance, especially at this level. As a rookie, at first you're just trying to learn the playbook at all. And that next year you start getting more, and by this third year, you think you know a lot. But then you see something in practice one day, you're like, 'I didn't know about that!' It's just those little things that are so far past just the X's and O's of the game that you can always pick up."

On which linebackers he looks up to and patterns his game after:

"I definitely watch a lot of tape of Bobby [Wagner]. I really like the way he plays. Obviously we're different players, different body types, that kind of thing. But just the way he plays the game, the way he slips blocks and just kind of plays off instincts here and there, I really like to watch him. I really liked to watch [Luke] Kuechly, when he was playing. I get his tapes still. Those are the two guys that I look up to the most, Kuechly and Bobby."

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