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Wednesday Round-Up: Ken Norton Jr. Analyzes Play Of Seahawks Defensive Rookies

Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. discusses what he's seen out of Seahawks rookies Rasheem Green, Shaquem Griffin, and Tre Flowers.


Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, August 1 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Norton Talks Seahawks Rookie Class

New Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. met with the media for the first time this training camp and offered thoughts on what he's seen from a few defensive rookie players through the team's first five summer practices. Here's some of what Norton, who also coached under Carroll at USC, had to say, leading with his take on third-round pick Rasheem Green, a former defensive end for the Trojans.

(On DE Rasheem Green...) "Well, Rasheem is long, he's fast. He's a Trojan so that makes him pretty good. We really like what he brings as far as his youth and his length, and his athleticism, and he combines it. He's got so much football to learn. He's still growing and he's so young that it's just fun just watching him absorb all the energy from our culture and all the experience we are trying to teach him with the coaching. It's just fun to watch a young player absorb everything, he's really into it and enjoying his time right now."

(On LB Shaquem Griffin's strengths and ability as a pass rusher...) "Well, he's best at a lot of things. I think his biggest strength is everyone knows, is his speed. He's really, really fast. He has a great combination with that speed, his mind. He really thinks well and really loves ball. So, it's been a joy to coach him because he has his combination of speed, he loves ball and he understands what his strengths are, and he plays to them. ... Well, we haven't rushed him a lot as a passer, we have guys on the edge. He's been behind the ball playing WILL linebacker fantastic. Any time you turn on the film or out here at practice you can't help but see him flying around the field. He had an interception against Russell Wilson yesterday. It's really exciting to see because he grew from the offseason plays. He's just getting better every day, there's nothing to hold him back and we're excited he's on our team."

(On Tre Flowers' transition from safety to cornerback...) "Terrific. Long, fast, smart, guy is really humble. He learns in an instant. He takes everything that we teach him in the classroom, brings it right out to the practice. Makes mistakes, learns from mistakes, and he never makes the same mistake twice. He's a guy that makes new mistakes and he learns really fast. So, there's no limit to how good he can be. ... He played a lot of safety in college, so he's learning a new technique. No technique is better than the other one but it's all about what you teach and then how they absorb it and how they take it in. But Tre, he's a natural. Not only is he a natural athlete and really smart, but he loves coming out. He listens to everything you're saying, and he applies really well. So, he's going to be a really, really good player."

You can watch Norton's full press conference right here.

Single-Game Tickets Available

We're just over one week away from the Seahawks' preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts at Seattle's CenturyLink Field and single-game tickets for the August 9 matchup are available now.

Social Post Of The Day

Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from EA Sports' Madden NFL, which used its gameplay to recreate rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin's training camp practice interception of quarterback Russell Wilson.

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