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Thursday Round-Up: Tre Brown 'Proud' Of Strides Made By Seahawks Defense

The Seahawks’ rookie cornerback joined 710 ESPN’s “Wyman & Bob” to discuss the start to his season after his IR stint, adjusting to the league’s receivers, the improvements by the Seahawks defense, and more.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, November 11 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Tre Brown Joins 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob"

With the Seahawks owning just three picks earlier this year for the 2021 NFL Draft, opportunities to find impact players were even more limited than usual. The team decided to use one of its picks to address the defense, selecting Oklahoma cornerback Tre Brown in the fourth round (137 overall).

At just 5-feet 10-inches and 185 pounds, Brown represents a departure from the big, lengthy defensive backs the Seahawks have been known to target during the Pete Carroll-John Schneider era, but his aggressive style is one that Carroll praised during the offseason. After being placed on injured reserve with a knee issue, Brown made his regular season debut in Week 6 against the Steelers and made an immediate impact, shutting down Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson to cause an incompletion on his first play in the game. Brown made another crucial stop in the game on a third down in overtime, making a clutch form tackle on the much larger Chase Claypool, eventually getting the Seahawks the ball back with a chance to win the game.

Since then, Brown has seen his snaps increase steadily, and he was on the field for 68 of the Seahawks' 76 defensive snaps in the 31-7 win against the Jaguars on Halloween. This week, Brown joined 710 ESPN's "Wyman & Bob" show to discuss his acclimation to the league, adjusting to the NFL's physical wide receivers, and more. Click here to listen to the full podcast episode, and check out some highlights below:

On how the season has gone, having to watch from the sidelines before playing:

"It's been a little bit frustrating, bare minimum. Because I always look at everything as a positive. Things happen for a reason, I'm a true, firm believer in those things. Just being able to watch from the sidelines and taking notes from all the vet guys — my time came and it was perfect timing. I came in at the right time, made those plays, did what I was supposed to do. For me, taking a step back and watching all those vet guys give me the notes and be able to go out and apply that on the field, like I said — I can't thank God's timing enough, it was just perfect timing for me to get out there."

The biggest eye-opener at the NFL level:

"I wouldn't say speed, because I've been around speed. Coming from Oklahoma, being able to practice against guys who are making big plays in the NFL — you've got Hollywood Brown, CeeDee Lamb, so forth and so on. And just coming from the Big 12 where they just pass the ball 50 times a game. I wouldn't necessarily say the speed, but I'd definitely say the physicality. You've got to make tackles, being in the open field against the best in the world, and then your body just being banged up. That's definitely been the difference maker right there, just the physicality of everything."

On the defense improving as the season wears on:

"I see a new stat every other day, talking about how we're fourth in this, or we're third in this, and I remember not too long ago everybody was talking about how our defense was one of the worst. But we believed in ourselves, and we kept our heads down and kept working. We've made a lot of strides, you can see a lot of numbers that have been cut down. We're one of the top teams in defense on third down stops, and man, I'm just proud of this team because we know what we've got in front of us and that's what we're fighting for. We're not out there listening to the outside noise."

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