New Seattle Seahawks Braylon Edwards said he landed in Seattle at 2:15 a.m. this morning, just in time to make today’s practice. Edwards said he got the deal done with Seattle on Monday.
He joked about facing cornerback Brandon Browner again. Edwards and Browner had their share of battles last season, when Edwards played for San Francisco.
But those differences have been squashed now that the two are on the same team. The two players talked briefly in between drills.
“You know how it is,” Edwards said. “When you’re on that field, you kind of get into a competition, and that’s just how it goes. We never take anything off the field, even when we were against each other. Now we have a chance to be on the same team, so I’m happy that we can fight together on the same team.”
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Edwards said that one of the things that attracted him to Seattle was the energy level in the building.
“I like what they’ve got going on out here,” Edwards said. “Just walking and talking with these guys when I came out and interviewed last week, it’s a highly positive organization just walking around. There’s a lot of positivity, and you can just see the energy these guys have.”
With Edwards wearing the No. 17 and playing split end, some fans may have thought that Mike Williams had returned to Seattle. But Edwards said don’t get it twisted.
“I don’t quite weigh as much as Mike,” Edwards joked. “Mike’s a little bigger than me.”
Asked what he would bring to the table for Seattle, Edwards said size and speed at the receiver position.
Edwards also discussed his knee injury with San Francisco last season, which was one of the reasons the 49ers released him. Edwards said he suffered a torn meniscus while with the Niners, sat out eight weeks and it never really healed.
After he was released by San Francisco, Edwards said he had a second surgery to repair his injured knee. Edwards looked in shape and healthy during practice today.
Edwards, 29, also gave props to the Seahawks for signing Antonio Bryant instead of himself after the two worked out last week. Bryant and Edwards were teammates in Cleveland.
“They lived up to some things they told him,” Edwards said. “So I thought that was very honorable and respectful of Mr. Schneider. So when they doubled back and called me as well, I already was ready to take the offer.”
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said with Sidney Rice limited and Jermaine Kearse injured, Edwards helps to add depth at the position.
Jackson back with the starters
Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson once again worked with the first unit today, and overall did a nice job of managing the offense.
“At this early portion of camp I thought it was really important to find out where T-Jack is, too,” Carroll said. “The last time we were together, he was coming off a terrible injury. And had shown great courage and toughness and all that, but he hadn’t been right. So we needed to get him back out here and see what he looks like.
“What’s exciting is he’s quicker; he’s niftier than he’s been. He’s in great shape. He came in here to win this job, as did the other guys, too. So I’m getting a feeling for where he is, and so that’s important. We’ll weigh that into the discussion as we go forward.”
Carroll said he’ll use the off day Wednesday to further evaluate the position, but that right now he intends to continue rotating all three quarterbacks with the first unit until the teams believes it has enough information to make a decision.
Carroll said the fact that he has seen Jackson play for pretty much an entire season means they may look to get Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson more reps so they could do a better job of evaluating those two in terms of the starting job.
One thing that is noticeable, Jackson, Flynn and Wilson are not giving lip service when they say that the competition has not divided them. A couple times today I saw Jackson and Flynn talking about scheme off to the side when they were not in, and the same with Wilson talking with the other two.
“Right now we’ll stay with the rotation the way it’s going,” Carroll said. “But we haven’t had the evaluation from today, and that means something.”
* Seattle head coach Pete Carroll pointed to receivers Ricardo Lockette a Golden Tate, rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner as players making good impressions so far in camp.
* Carroll really likes what he sees from Seattle’s nickel pass rusher, including rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin, who chased down a reverse and caused a fumble. With Irvin, Chris Clemons and Jason Jones locked in, Carroll says there’s a heated competition for that fourth rusher, with Clinton McDonald currently holding the position right now.
* Rookie linebacker Kyle Knox had a nice hit on Marshawn Lynch, which got linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. excited. “How you like that Marshawn?” joked Norton.
* UW product Jermaine Kearse (foot), who was played on the Physically Unable to Peform (PUP list to begin practice, is expected to practice on Thursday. Kearse worked with quarterback Josh Portis and ran some routes after practice.
* Rookie J.R. Sweezy played right guard today with the first unit. Carroll said that they wanted to see how he would react playing with the starters, and the Seahawks also have been playing John Moffitt a center a lot with the second unit, so that opens a spot at right guard when that happens. However, Carroll said that Moffitt remains the team’s starting right guard
“He’s been very tough,” Carroll said about Sweezy. “He’s really a physical kid, and he’s got great strength.”
* Carroll confirmed that James Carpenter likely will switch to guard when he’s healthy, and that the team has not made a decision on whether or not he’ll play in 2012.
* With Kellen Winslow (knee) sitting out today, Cameron Morrah had a nice day catching the ball, making several big plays in one-on-one and team drills.
* The defense made several big plays today, including interceptions by Bobby Wagner, Marcus Trufant and Phillip Adams. Wilson threw two of those interceptions, while Josh Portis was responsible for the other one.
* Cornerback Ron Parker, defensive lineman Jason Jones (knee) tight end Anthony McCoy (hamstring), Linebackers Barrett Ruud (knee), Jameson Konz (shoulder) and Matt McCoy (knee) did not practice today. Offensive lineman James Carpenter and Walter Thurmond remain on the PUP list.
* Steven Hauschka hit a 57-yard field goal today.