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Thursday Round-Up: Kerry Hyder Jr. Joins 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob"

One of the newer faces on the Seahawks defense, Hyder spoke with Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton about adjusting to the team culture and how his versatile play style fits his new squad.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, August 26 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Kerry Hyder Jr. Joins 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob"

Putting together a strong defensive line has been a priority for the Seahawks this year, as they hope to build on the momentum that propelled the defense to a very strong finish to the 2020 season. Third-year defensive ends L.J. Collier and Rasheem Green appear to be coming into their own, DE Alton Robinson surprised with his play a season ago, second-year LEO Darrell Taylor is set to make his highly anticipated debut after missing all of 2020 with a leg injury, and fan favorite defensive tackle Poona Ford will look to build on his career year a season ago. Veterans Benson Mayowa and Carlos Dunlap II will be back as well, along with DT Al Woods, who returns for his third stint with the Seahawks.

One of the newcomers along the Seahawks' defensive front is Kerry Hyder Jr., whom the Hawks signed in March. Hyder was a starter for the first time last year with the San Francisco 49ers and he made the most of the increased playing time, recording a career-high 8.5 sacks to go with 10 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hits.

Now heading into his eighth season in the NFL, Hyder spoke with 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob" this week about how training camp with his new team has gone, learning from some of the team's leaders, and more. You can listen to the full podcast episode here — below are a few highlights:

On how it's been adjusting to Seattle so far:

"The whole environment — there's a lot of tradition here. I would say the leaders here, they kind of set the standard. So coming in, it's an easy transition because you know what to expect. They expect you to come in and compete and they expect you to come in here and work hard … I mean Bobby, Quandre, Russ, Jamal, all these guys. And when your best players are working the hardest, it's easy to fall in."

On his versatility & ability to play different positions along the line:

"I guess you would call me unorthodox. I just try to play fast and try to win with effort. A lot of times it's not how big or how fast you are, if you're not playing with the right effort or technique, then it's not going to matter. So I just try to thrive on those kinds of things — working hard and working on my technique.

On how his role in Seattle will differ from other stops in his career:

"No, this is really me. We preach effort all day, so just hustling, running to the ball, and just letting me rush. Inside, outside, wherever it is. The coaches do a great job of putting us to our strengths and putting us in position to succeed. They kind of lay out the map for you, and you've just got to do your part."

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