Dave Boling of The News Tribune has a cool story on Seattle Seahawks running back Derrick Coleman. The second-year pro out of UCLA has had a hearing disability since the age of three, and uses hearing aids in both ears.
However, Coleman still can pick up quarterback changes at the line of scrimmage, and has been one of the pleasant surprises with his performance during training camp. Specifically, Coleman has shined on special teams.
Boling: “On his pro-day workout, he ran a 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, unusually swift for a 230-pound bruiser. He signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2012 but was released during training camp. The Seahawks added him to their practice squad in December.
The practical obstacles are overcome, mostly, by Coleman being near the quarterbacks in the huddle, and the quarterbacks being certain he can see them when they call the play.
As for the snap count, Coleman moves when he sees the ball snapped. He says he had only one false-start call his entire college career. Audibles that change the play at the line of scrimmage could be a problem, but Coleman reduces his vulnerability to mistakes by being able to read the situation just as the quarterback does.”
My story today examines Pete Carroll's continued search for a consistent pass rush group with Cliff Avril’s return to practice on Wednesday.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com highlights some of the big plays during Wednesday’s practice.
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle offers a roster analysis of the offense, along with which players are on the bubble.
Curtis Crabtree of KJR-AM offers some notes from practice, including the continued battle for playing time at defensive tackle between Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times gives us a run down of Richard Sherman’s interview with reporters on Wednesday. Sherman says Seattle’s defense is right where they want to be heading into the second preseason game.
ESPN’s Mike Sando talks with Seattle’s O’Brien Schofield, who says the change of scenery from Arizona to the Pacific Northwest has given him a new sense of purpose.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports mined some interesting nuggets from his visit with good friend Pete Carroll in Seattle. Among them, Kirwan believes Seattle can get to 50 sacks this season with new additions Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and O’Brien Schofield. Kirwan also says Percy Harvin is optimistically looking at a Week 12 return, but more realistically will be back if Seattle reaches the playoffs. Interesting read.
The NFL Total Access talks with Seattle MLB Bobby Wagner in this video link.
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York talks to former Seahawks receiver Braylon Edwards, who believes he can still play at an elite level. Hmmm.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post lists Brandon Browner and Michael Bennett among his top 25 NFL players heading into contract years. I’m surprised Golden Tate is not in this list.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated says some stories this time of year are overhyped, including Minnesota receiver Greg Jennings’ reportedly dissing his former team Green Bay.