In my story today, second-year pro Lemuel Jeanpierre is an example of the Seattle Seahawks improved depth along the offensive line.
Last season, the Seahawks had 10 different starting offensive line combinations, and used a mishmash of veteran journeyman like Chester Pitts, Stacy Andrews and Tyler Polumbus to plug holes up front.
But this year, with Seattle losing three of their five starters up front, the Seahawks have relied on improved depth with younger players like Breno Giacomini and Jeanpierre filling the void.
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“As a football player you just want to compete, you just want to get out there and play,” Jeanpierre said. “I want to get out there and just do anything I can to help the team. I’m very proud and happy that they have the faith in me to go in there and step in. I just have to go out there and work my butt off to prove them right.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com profiles veteran linebacker Leroy Hill, who has stepped up to fill the leadership void left by the departure of Lofa Tatupu and Lawyer Milloy.
More Farnsworth: He previews Seattle’s upcoming game against St. Louis.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers photos from last week’s Philadelphia game.
Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. previews Seattle’s upcoming contest against St. Louis, giving the Seahawks the edge in every category and predicting a 27-10 Seattle victory. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Brian Burke of the New York Times Fifth Down blog gives Seattle a 63 percent win chance.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com writes that Seattle can play the role of spoiler down the stretch.
Michael Lombardi of NFL.com writes that Tim Tebow and Cam Newton are proving the spread option can work in the league.
Kathleen Nelson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes with uncertainty at quarterback because of injuries to Sam Bradford (ankle) and A. J. Feeley (thumb) the Rams have signed Kellen Clemons to the active roster.