In my story today, rookie linebacker K.J. Wright is proving the Seattle Seahawks made the right move in trading high-priced linebacker Aaron Curry to Oakland two months ago.
The Mississippi State product had a breakout game against St. Louis, finishing with eight tackles – including three for losses – a sack and two quarterback hurries. Wright also nearly intercepted a Sam Bradford pass in the flat.
One of the things Seattle has been impressed with is Wright’s ability to adapt to different situations and pick things up quickly. Although they drafted him to play outside linebacker, the Seahawks put Wright at middle linebacker at the beginning of training camp, and he started there for David Hawthorne in the first game of the season at San Francisco.
Currently, Hawthorne leads Seattle in tackles for the third straight season with 88. But Hawthorne has been slowed by a left-knee sprain, and his contract is up at the end of the season.
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Wright, who’s signed through 2014, could be a cheaper option at middle linebacker, giving the Seahawks some leverage in negotiations with Hawthorne.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes in his Thursday practice report that Tarvaris Jackson threw passes in one-on-one passing drills for the first time since he’s been injured, showing how much the pectoral muscle injury has progressed.
Nate Davis of USA Today points out the Doug Baldwin could be come the first undrafted rookie free agent to lead his team in receptions and receiving yards since the common drafted was put in place in1967.
Steve Rudman of Sportspressnw.com writes largely because of Marshawn Lynch’s effort, the Seahawks have a chance to match the 1996 franchise record of rushing for 100 yards in seven consecutive games.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the arrival of Marshawn Lynch has changed the perception of the Seahawks being a “soft” team.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. previews the Seattle-Chicago contest. He likes Seattle 13-10. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Mike Freeman of CBS Sports has an interesting take on Chicago receiver Sam Hurd and his arrest on federal drug trafficking charges, including an alleged report that Hurd kept a list of NFL players he had as drug clients. We’re just getting the tip of the iceberg on this story, which will have an echo affect around the league.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com now has Seattle selecting North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples No. 14 overall in his latest mock draft.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com handicaps the potential trade destination for Peyton Manning of Indianapolis drafts Andrew Luck. The Seahawks make an appearance at No. 6 on this list.