Notified that the team was cutting him as he began to take the field for the first day of Arizona’s training camp, you can’t blame new Seattle Seahawks’ edge rusher O’Brien Schofield for holding a little animosity for his former team.
Schofield was let go by Arizona after the team signed veteran pass rusher John Abraham last week. The Seahawks claimed Schofield off of waivers.
“It was a rough process,” Schofield said. “I definitely didn’t think that something like that would happen to me, but the fact that it did and I get picked up as soon as I did by a division rival, it makes me happy that I get a chance to see Arizona two times a year.”
At 6-3 and 242 pounds, Schofield can play both Leo and SAM linebacker, but will lineup at SAM linebacker to begin his time with Seattle. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said that Schofield was a player Seattle considered for the 2010 draft, but the Cardinals snapped him up in the fourth round before the Seahawks could take him.
“This was one of the guys that we were trying to get in the draft,” Carroll said. “We had a place that we were going to pick him, but unfortunately for us, he went before that. So we’ve watched him play and he’s played against us.
“He’s very active; he’s a very versatile football player. He’s played outside backer and rushing third down. Again, in that role that we like. You know, all of the things that the Sam and the Will can do. We are really excited to get him on the team. Unfortunately, it took us a couple of years to get him.”
With Schofield, Bruce Irvin, Cliff Avril, Chris Clemons and Michael Bennett, along with the development of undrafted rookie free agent Benson Mayowa, the Seahawks have some depth at edge rusher when everyone is healthy.
Schofield, 26, said his main focus will be generating pass rush.
“Absolutely just getting after the passer, so a pass rusher first,” he said. “The drops aren’t as complicated as I had to do in the past so that’s even better. They really made it simple for the guys that they believe are rushers to have simple drops and not think too much and just be able to play fast.”
The return of Jameson Konz
The Seahawks announced this afternoon that the team released tight end Victor Marshall and signed linebacker/tight end Jameson Konz.
Marshall signed with Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent out of British Columbia on May 13, 2013.
Konz was originally drafted by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2010 draft.
He spent 2010 on injured reserve (hip), and was released during final roster cuts in 2011, but signed to Seattle’s practice squad.
Originally brought in as a tight end, Konz switched to outside linebacker, and was signed to the active roster on Oct. 4. seeing action on special teams (10/9 at NYG), before being placed on injured reserve (k
Konz played in one game against the New York Giants, but suffered a serious knee injury and was placed on the injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
Konz was released by the Seahawks in September 2012.
Some tidbits* Carroll said that tight end Darren Fells continues to improve, and has exceeded the team’s expectations so far in his transition from basketball to football.
“He’s doing well. Really surprisingly well,” Carroll said. ‘From not playing at all, I know (Quarterbacks coach) Carl Smith keeps saying ‘What if he would have played football?’ You know he’s never played before. He catches the ball nicely. He’s a great target, he’s tough, and everything’s ahead of him. It’s been an impressive start though.”
* Byron Maxwell had a nice interception during team drills today, and continues to make plays working with the second unit.
* Defensive tackle Jaye Howard and offensive tackle Alvin Bailey are two young players that showed up once again in practice today, the first one in full pads.
* Rookie receiver Chris Harper had a nice catch on a crossing route during team drills, and seems to be picking up the offense and playing at a faster tempo.
* The guard had a hard time blocking Tony McDaniel during one-on-one pass protection drills.
* J.R. Sweezy was back starting with the first unit at right guard today.
* Jordan Hill did a nice job of tipping a Brady Quinn pass at the line of scrimmage, and almost brought it in for an interception.