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Thursday Round-Up: Ken Norton Jr. Comments On The Seahawks Defense

Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. met with the media Wednesday to assess the play of Seattle's defense through the first two weeks of the regular season.

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Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today - Thursday, September 20 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Norton Jr. Meets The Media

Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. met with the media following Wednesday's practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center and assessed the play of Seattle's defense through the first two weeks of the regular season, a stretch where the team has been without players like Pro Bowl linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, each of whom missed this past Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears due to injury.

(On how it felt to call a Seahawks game without Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright...) "Well, I just came back this year, so I hadn't been with them for a few years. It was okay. It's important that we develop the younger players to step in. The starters are not always going to be there, so depth is very important. There's a lot of confidence we have in Austin (Calitro) and Jacob Martin or all the different backups who may come in and step in for a starter so with Bobby (Wagner) not being there, I have the confidence that Austin can step up and play the way he does or he wouldn't be here. He's a really good football player and we expect a high level from him when he steps in and it shouldn't be much drop-off."

(On Austin Calitro's play against the Bears...) "Really happy with Austin (Calitro). We have a lot of young players playing and with the young players playing, it's going to make us better in the long run. Austin really stepped in for Bobby (Wagner). We didn't lose much. He worked hard, made his plays. Obviously, there's going to be some rookie mistakes, but at the same time, the efforts, the football knowledge, the ability to make the play, the ability to be able to talk and be able to coach him in those hostile environments. I was very, very impressed with him."

(On linebacker Mychal Kendricks' performance against Chicago on limited practice time with the team...) "Very happy. He came in, two or three days to really put a lot of defense on him. To his credit, he's a veteran, he understands ball, he understands a lot of defenses. There's a lot of carryover so there were a lot of things that we do that was just like the things that he does on the different team that he came from. Language was the biggest barrier, understanding language. I really felt that as for the short time that he had to play and the short time that he had to learn, (I'm) really impressed and very happy with what we got out of it."

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Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle comments on the Seahawks offensive line and much more in his latest reader mailbag. Boyle also recaps six key takeaways from Seattle head coach Pete Carroll's Wednesday press conference.

A handful of Seahawks starters who missed this past Sunday's game against the Bears returned to practice on Wednesday and have a chance to play this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Scott Engel at RotoExperts.com calls Seahawks rookie tight end Will Dissly a quality fantasy football start this week.

Michael Dugar at The Athletic details safety Bradley McDougald's leadership within the Seahawks secondary.

And Brady Henderson at ESPN.com looks at how the Seahawks are compensating for the absence of Pro Bowl wideout Doug Baldwin, who's missed the season's first two games to injury.

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