Dave Boling of The News Tribune offers some observations from Wednesday’s workout which includes one overarching theme – the Seahawks looked fit and trim early in the team’s offseason conditioning program.
Boling also gives us his impressions on two new players, defensive lineman Jason Jones and offensive lineman Deuce Lutui.
Boling: Two of the new free agents, for instance, are obviously eager to make impressions.
Defensive lineman Jason Jones, at 6-5, 276 pounds, is all angles and levers. If slapping your way through a series of blocking dummies in a hurry is any indication, Jones seems to be a perfect fit as an interior rusher on passing downs.
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And the new No. 72 is the surprisingly svelte guard Deuce Lutui, whom you may recall from the days when he was stretching out Arizona Cardinals jerseys. Lutui failed the physical last year with Cincinnati and returned to Arizona as a backup.
Although said to have been topping out in the 400-pound range, he’s listed at a believable 338 now, having slimmed down by adopting some vegan concepts in his diet.”
Here’s my story from Wednesday’s practice on Red Bryant which includes this tidbit – Bryant’s a news junkie who follows CNN, FOX and all of the cable news channels to keep up on current events. “I’m a country boy,” Bryant said. “There ain’t much to watch but the news in the country.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando reports that Deuce Lutui is not a vegan after all – he eats chicken and fish on his new diet, but no meat and dairy products while incorporating vegan principles in his diet.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com gives us a little more on Seattle’s new offensive guard J.R. Sweezy and why the Seahawks are trying to convert him from a defensive tackle at North Carolina State to an offensive lineman in the NFL.
Brock Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN 710 Seattle talks with offensive line coach Tom Cable in this audio link. Some interesting comments here on why Seattle selected Robert Turbin as more a slasher/change-of-pace back to Marshawn Lynch, similar to the Darren McFadden/Michael Bush combination Cable had in Oakland.
Huard and Salk also talked with Pete Carroll after Wednesday’s workout in this audio link.
Dave Mahler of KJR-AM 950 talks with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema about new Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in this audio link.
Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post believes the Seahawks drafted players that have specific skill sets that fit the team’s scheme on offense and defense.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated believes the real quarterback competition in Seattle is between Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson for the No. 2 job.
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports that the league is at an impasse in negotiations with the current officials and has begun the process of looking for replacement officials for this season.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has USC quarterback Matt Barkley atop his big board for 2013 college prospects for next year’s draft. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Mike Freeman of CBS Sports offers 10 ways to make the NFL game safer with all the talk about concussion issues of late.