In my story today, Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill is working through a steep learning curve making the transition from college to the NFL.
Drafted in the third round of this year’s draft by Seattle, Hill was a man amongst boys back at Penn State. A first team all-Big 10 performer his senior season at Penn State, Hill finished with a career-high 64 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss in 12 games.
“The movement is the thing that we saw on college tape,” Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. “As a 3-technique inside pass rusher, he’s very active, and that’s one of things I noticed right away.”
Now, Hill will get a chance to earn a job as part of Seattle’s nickel pass rush on third downs. He’s third on the depth chart at defensive tackle behind starter Brandon Mebane and backup Clinton McDonald.
“I’ve seen a lot of growth in him in the past two weeks,” Mebane said about Hill. “He’s getting better. He’s getting a lot of reps, like we’ve all done as rookies. So I’m happy to see him develop.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando talks with Russell Wilson about Jermaine Kearse and Phil Bates, a couple receivers battling for a spot on the back end of Seattle’s roster.
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle takes on some of the question marks Seattle has defensively, including who will start at defensive tackle in place of Alan Branch.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers a detailed run down from Tuesday’s practice.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times writes that defensive end Red Bryant is sleeping better after getting treatment for sleep apnea.
Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated places Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett on his NFL all-underrated defensive team.
Does Christine Michael have a chance to be this year’s Alfred Morris? Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network thinks so. Check out the video clip.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated has this to say about the potential impact of Percy Harvin being out for the majority of the 2013 season. King: “GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll thought the offense lacked explosiveness, which it did. Lots of what happened last year, particularly late in the season, was Russell Wilson getting comfortable with the offense and forming a bond with some good receivers. To take the next step, Schneider, especially, thought the offense needed a downfield weapon it didn’t have. I agree: Seattle will be very good without Harvin—maybe even a Super Bowl team. But he gives the offense a dimension few teams have.”
Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic writes that former Seahawks practice squad offensive lineman Paul Fanaika is getting a shot to work with the first unit offense for the Cardinals.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says Ricardo Lockette is rocketing up the depth chart after a strong day of practice on Tuesday.