In my story today, I talked with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Antoine Winfield about the transition from Minnesota to Seattle after signing with his new team in free agency.
And the 36-year-old Winfield said he’s benefitting from a change in surroundings, and the energy he receives on a daily basis from Seattle’s blossoming superstars like Richard Sherman.
“We have a young team,” Winfield said. “It kind of reminds me of a college atmosphere. Guys are loose, it’s very competitive and we’re working hard trying to get each other better, so when we go out on Sundays it makes it a lot easier.”
Specifically, it’s not unusual to see Winfield and Sherman huddled together at practice talking coverage schemes.
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“Watching him from afar, you all know he was a guy who didn’t hold his words back,” Winfield said, smiling. “He pretty much spoke freely. But he’s a guy who’s very confident. He had a heck of a year last season. He made plays all over the field.
“But just getting to know him the last five months, he’s a great teammate. A guy who comes to work each day, and still is working on his craft. He wants to be the best.
“A lot of people just don’t take him serious because anything can come out of that mouth. But the guy works hard. You see it each day. He plays hard, and it shows up on Sundays.”
Richard Sherman writes in Sports Illustrated that players should be paid for performing during the preseason. Good read.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland takes a closer look at the impressive defensive talent that emerged from the 2011 NFL draft class, including Sherman.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Russell Wilson embraces the opportunity to improve every day.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times talks with offensive lineman James Carpenter, who says he is ready to go on Thursday.
NFL Analyst Phil Simms tells Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle that the Seahawks are one of the top 3 teams in the league in this audio link.
Adam Schein of NFL.com writes the NFC West is the best division in football, and it’s not even close.
Adam Rink of NFL.com believes Arian Foster could hit a Shaun Alexander-like wall in terms of fantasy value. Check out his fantasy rankings here.
Ryan O’Halloran of The Florida Times-Union writes that the Jaguars claimed former Seahawks linebacker Kyle Knox off of waivers.