JERSEY CITY, N.J. — What’s his name?
That’s what Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson was wondering. He knew the number and knew what the film showed him, just wasn’t sure of his name.
“Pot roast? They call him Pot Roast?” Robinson said.
Indeed, No. 94 on Denver, otherwise known as defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, is the man they call “Pot Roast.”
He’s on the Seahawks’ radar. Knighton has excelled in the playoffs and made the signature play of the Broncos’ AFC Championship Game win over the New England Patriots when he chucked Tom Brady to the ground.
Knighton, who will be key for Denver’s attempt to stop Marshawn Lynch, also has the attention of the Seattle offensive line. Center Max Unger, in particular, knows he will often deal with Knighton during the evening.
“Good nickname, by the way,” Unger said. “I’ve played Terrance a couple of times in the preseason these last couple years, down in Jacksonville, too. (He is) a good player, big dude, very active. You don’t see that too often, guys that big moving around so quickly. It’s a big task and we have to know where the dude is.”
Seattle’s lineman dealt with Arizona’s Darnell Dockett, who is similar in size to Knighton, but different in style. Left guard Paul McQuistan said Knighton prefers to try to throw linemen out of his path, whereas Dockett wants to leverage their inside shoulder.
When the Seahawks played at Arizona this season, Lynch ran over Dockett and knocked his helmet. Equivalent collisions could be coming Sunday.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION FOR BATES
For players not used to the attention of the Super Bowl spotlight, like Phil Bates, it is easy to get star-struck.
Bates, a wide receiver on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad, walked around the Prudential Center during media day taking pictures with other athletes and celebrities, including singer Michelle Williams.
The former Destiny’s Child member talked Bates into singing a duet of the popular song “Say My Name” on camera. Bates was shy at first, but quickly warmed to the idea.
It’s an unusual situation to be in for Bates, who signed with the Seahawks in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio University. He’s been on the Seahawks practice squad the last two years but has yet to play in an NFL regular season game.
He said he is fortunate to have the opportunity to soak in a Super Bowl experience so early in his career.
“This is amazing,” he said. “I know guys that have been in the league nine or 10 years and they’ve never got this experience.”
A versatile performer in college – he passed for 320 yards, ran for 588 yards and caught 15 passes for 197 yards – Bates said he models himself after San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin.
Both are listed at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds. Bates said he considers himself a physical receiver like Boldin.
His advice to others about breaking into the NFL is to be ready when the opportunity comes.
“I would tell them to be very open minded and be ready to do whatever it takes to be successful,” he said.
SEPARATION IS IN THE PREPARATION
One of the upshots for the Seahawks’ offense is each week when the game starts, they won’t be facing a better defense than the one they dealt with in practice.
Wide receiver Golden Tate made the point when he was asked what he thinks about standout Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan.
“Really, nothing,” Tate said. “It's just another guy. We're going against the best defense in the league every single day, so as far as the intimidation and all that stuff, it doesn't scare me.”