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Wednesday Round-Up: Darrell Taylor 'Right On Pace' To Surpass Goals After Hot Start To 2021 Season

The second-year defensive end joined 710 ESPN Seattle to discuss if he’s meeting his lofty expectations, the differences between college and the NFL and more.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, Oct. 13 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

Darrell Taylor Joins 710 ESPN Seattle's 'Wyman and Bob'

The Seahawks' defense hasn't been where it needs to be through five games, but there are still plenty of positives to take from it. The biggest of those, perhaps, is second-year defensive end Darrell Taylor.

Taylor missed his entire rookie season due to an injury dating back to college. Selected No. 48 overall out of Tennessee in 2020, he certainly had higher hopes for his first pro season. Now fully healthy, Taylor is showing exactly why John Schneider and Co. were thrilled to grab him with a second-round pick.

Through his first five career games, Taylor has 12 total tackles, five QB hits, four sacks and a forced fumble. He's been a constant disruptor despite never playing more than 50% of defensive snaps in a game. The only game Taylor didn't have a sack was against the Titans. In the early going, it's clear the Seahawks have found a long-term contributor at a crucial position.

On Monday, Taylor was interviewed on 710 ESPN Seattle's "Wyman and Bob." During the interview, Taylor discussed the biggest differences between college and the pros, if he's meeting his preseason goals and how the defense can turn it around. He also talked about his injury rehab last year, why he hasn't been surprised by anything in the NFL so far and much more.

You can listen to the full interview here and read some highlights below:

On the difference between playing in college vs. the NFL:

"I think there's a few differences between college and the NFL. The speed of the game, obviously we know that it's way faster than in college. You have to study way harder, just have to stay in the film room pretty often. And then just preparing your mind each week to go out there and perform at a high level. It starts with the preparation you go through each and every week from Monday through Saturday. That's the difference going from college to the pros. I think it's been really good for me."

On his expectations entering this season, and if he's meeting them:

"It's going exactly how I expected it to go. Not much of a surprise to me because I know I worked my butt off in the offseason to get to where I am now. So, it's not much of a surprise, it's more like I knew I could do it. I'm right on pace to get exactly what I want for this season to reach my goal and then probably surpass that.

"I keep my goals to myself, I don't need everybody to know that right now, but once the season is over that'll be known. Wherever I end up (in sacks at the end of the season), I know that I'm going to keep chopping and getting better each week."

On how the defense can address some of the challenges it's facing:

"The first thing we have to do as a defense is stop the run -- can't let anybody in this league run the ball, that won't ever work. Once we do that, I think we have a pass rush that's capable of getting after the quarterback and a secondary that can cover. I think once we stop the run, all 11 men working together to stop the run and create more negative plays, our defense will really get after it. We're working each week to get better and our coaches are coaching us up. We're just staying the course, that's it."

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Three Delta Community Captains Honored In Renton

The Seahawks and Delta Air Lines announced the latest batch of Community Captains, with three teachers from the Renton School District being honored. The Delta Community Captains program -- which you can learn more about here -- recognizes three individuals per quarter who are making a significant difference in their community.

For this quarter, the three captains were given distinct honors: the Service Award, the Excellence Award and the Equity Award. The Seahawks and Delta joined Renton School District Superintendent Dr. Damien Pattenaude for a surprise to the three staff members who were named captains, and all three were given a custom captain football, a Seahawks jersey and two roundtrip flight certificates from Delta to anywhere in the United States.

Connie Jourdan won the Service Award. Jourdan, a school bus driver, has been transporting students for 24 years. Her students have and continue to grow up with her in their lives, and they're always safe in her hands. She has an impressive safe driving record.

The Excellence Award went to Creed Nelson, an industrial technology teacher at Lindbergh High School in Renton. Nelson always instills knowledge, skills and confidence in his students. He even helps them explore life after high school by connecting local businesses and industry professionals with his students.

Kristin Parrott received the Equity Award for her work as a special education teacher at Sierra Heights Elementary School in Renton. Her thoughtful and gentle manner helps calmly guide her students in the classroom. She often provides her students with opportunities and experiences necessary to become capable and self-reliant learners, going above and beyond in her role.

Here's more information about the earlier Delta Community Captains from August.

The Seahawks and Delta Air Lines announced the latest batch of Community Captains, with three teachers from the Renton School District being honored. The Delta Community Captains program -- which you can learn more about here -- recognizes three individuals per quarter who are making a significant difference in their community. For this quarter, the three captains were given distinct honors: the Service Award, the Excellence Award and the Equity Award.

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