With the recent news of Percy Harvin’s hip injury, the focus on the field has shifted to what players on the Seattle Seahawks can help fill the void if Harvin is out for a significant period of time.
One of those players is Golden Tate, who our own Dave Boling of The New Tribune profiled this morning. Tate said he’s ready to continue to build on last year’s breakthrough season.
“He has played inside, he has played outside, he can do all of that stuff,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said. “There are no restrictions on what Golden can do. He can go down the field, he can go tough through the middle, and make catches through traffic. He is a terrific guy with the ball after the catch. We can do everything with him.”
My story today focuses on defensive end Cliff Avril, who has to step up with Chris Clemons out and Bruce Irvin unavailable for the first four games.
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Some Seattle players are making adjustment to the NFL rule that requires players to wear thigh and knee pads this year. The Seahawks have about 12 players who did not wear any legs pads last season, including Sidney Rice, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Chris Clemons. Seattle’s first fully padded practice is scheduled for Tuesday. The Seahawks are scheduled to go with shoulder pads, helmets and shorts today and tomorrow.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today talks with Carroll, who hopes his star receiver Harvin will not require surgery. Carroll is concerned that if Harvin opts for surgery, he will miss the 2013 season. Pelissero also reports that Harvin was cleared by Seattle team doctors, but sought a second opinion after feeling continued discomfort in his hip.
Pelissero, who covered Harvin while working for ESPN 1500 in Minnesota, talks about the mercurial receiver with Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle in this audio link.
More O’Neil: He writes that drama and missed practices are par for the course when dealing with Harvin.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated believes Seattle’s chances of making a Super Bowl will diminish if the team loses Harvin for an extended period of time.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner received a $125,000 signing bonus and $93,756 roster bonus, according to a source that saw his contract. The new money brings Browner’s salary-cap number for 2013 to $773,756.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com focuses on the defense’s dominance in the two-minute drill in his Friday training camp report.
Bod Condotta of The Seattle Times talks with Russell Okung about his experience running with the bulls.
Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated talks with Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason about slowing down the read option. The video at the end of the story is worth watching.