In my story today, at 6-7 and a little over 300 pounds, defensive lineman Tony McDaniel has been a disruptive force for the Seattle Seahawks at minicamp this week, batting down several passes during team drills.
The 28-year-old has been penciled in as a replacement for the departed Alan Branch in free agency, but will receive competition for that job with rookie Jesse Williams.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn likes McDaniel’s lunch-pail work ethic, and compares his unusual length as a defensive lineman to another NFL giant, former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Ed “Too Tall” Jones.
“I asked him, ‘Do you know who Too Tall Jones is?’ And he was like, ‘Nah’ ” Quinn said. “These guys are so young that they don’t remember some of the older guys.
“But that’s a blue-collar guy right there. He doesn’t have a lot to say, but he comes to work. He’s got his hard hat and he’s ready to do it.”
McDaniel also has a fondness for red velvet cake, saying he has one waiting for him when he returns home to South Carolina once Seattle’s offseason training program concludes Thursday.
“When I was younger, I hated red velvet cakes,” he said. “I think it was because of the color, it turned me off because it was red and I thought it wouldn’t taste good. But I maybe started eating them my junior year in college at one of my coach’s house, and after that I’ve been addicted to it.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune believes that Tarvaris Jackson has earned the right to fight for a job with the Seahawks. The former Seattle quarterback is expected to re-sign with the team today, competing with Brady Quinn for the backup quarterback job.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com details the versatility Seattle has on the defensive line, with several players able to play two and three positions.
More Farnsworth: Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin have stood out in practice this week.
A Seattle player is expected to be announced this evening when the NFL Network continues its Top 100 players of 2013 by announcing No. 21-30. So far, five Seahawks have appeared on the list, including Richard Sherman (50), Russell Wilson (51), Earl Thomas (66), Percy Harvin (90) and Max Unger (95).
ESPN’s Mike Sando has the details on Rams defensive end Chris Long taunts 49ers fans via Twitter, saying San Francisco hasn’t beaten them in 528 days.
Of course, the 49ers-Rams beef started when former St. Louis defensive back Craig Dahl, now with San Francisco, disclosed that the Niners were tipping when they would run or pass against the Rams, giving Jeff Fisher’s team an advantage.
Derek Stephens has a nice breakdown of several players after watching Tuesday’s practice during minicamp this week over at Field Gulls.
Curtis Crabtree writing for the Associated Press writes that veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield is chasing dreams of a Super Bowl ring with Seattle.
Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle had an interesting conversation with Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable on Wednesday, which you can check out here. Cable calls running back Marshawn Lynch football brilliant.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post ranks Russell Wilson at No. 6 of his Top 15 fantasy football quarterbacks.
It appears that Matt Flynn and the rest of the Oakland quarterbacks are struggling during offseason work, with one longtime Raiders beat reporter having this to say about the group’s performance: “"In 19 years covering the NFL, today's showing by Matt Flynn, Tyler Wilson, Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin rates as one of the worst in memory."