Red Bryant understands the responsibility that comes with signing a lucrative, multi-year deal.
So it’s no surprise that burly defensive end, one of the more vocal leaders on defense for Seattle last season, said he’s more than willing to take on even more of a leadership role this season.
“I know I’m a big player moving forward in terms of what we’re trying to do on defense,” Bryant said. “And I have a lot more responsibility as far as continuing to be a leader that I have become, and continuing to progress as a player. But other than that it feels about the same.”
Bryant said he was always confident he would return to Seattle in free agency, but admitted feeling a little bit of pride that an organization like New England, led by head coach Bill Belichick, showed real interest in bringing him into the fold.
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For him (Belichick) to pursue me, it made me feel even more confident in my ability, and what I bring to the table,” Bryant said.
Bryant said the one thing he notices about this year’s team that is different than two years ago is the overall depth at every position.
“In 2010 when I got injured we really didn’t have a person who could step up at that particular time and do what Coach Carroll envisioned for the defense,” Bryant said. “But you can’t say the same thing today. If one guy goes down, I’m pretty sure the next guy will step in and it shouldn’t be a big drop off. And that’s a testament to Coach Carroll and the scouting department.”
Bryant also said he’s enjoying fatherhood. His son, Joseph, is four months old and about 22 pounds.
“He’s starting to be a big boy,” Bryant said.
* New defensive lineman Jason Jones looks every bit of 6-foot-5 and 276 pounds. He’s got long arms and long legs, and really looks more like a basketball player playing football.
“He’s quick and extremely fast,” Bryant said abut Jones. “I can see why they went out in free agency and really got after him. He does a great job of getting after the ball. He’s a lot longer – he’s about as a tall and maybe even be taller than me. So I could see how he could cause a lot of confusion.
“And he’s a lot smaller and quicker than I am. So it’s definitely going to be intriguing once we get into our different packages – our Bandit look and things like that – it’s going to bring a different dynamic to our football team.”
* Matt McCoy and Allen Bradford worked at middle linebacker defensively. Barrett Ruud watched from the sidelines, along with Malcolm Smith and Jameson Konz.
* James Carpenter did not practice today, but he did work on pass sets along the sideline while the rest of the offensive line went through pass blocking assignment drills. So Carpenter is beginning to put some pressure on the knee, which is a good sign.
* Zach Miller, Sidney Rice, Mike Williams and Kris Durham did not practice today. But both Rice and Williams were out on the field, and contrary to some of the folks in the comments section that saw this photo from yesterday, Williams looked trim and fit. It must be the camera angle.
* New receiver Raymond Webber was at practice today and worked at split end.
* Defensive tackle Alan Branch again was not present for OTAs today.
* Defensive backs Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond did not practice with the team today.
* USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was at practice today. Kiffin of course served as a mentor for Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
* This weekend’s rookie minicamp will only include Seattle’s 10 draft picks, the 10 undrafted rookie free agents and about 30 rookie tryout guys. So the veterans will not be present.