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Charlie Whitehurst: The Future Of The Seahawks?

While the Tennessee Titans were worried about their rookie Stafon Johnson, Seattle stood across the field and watched as their team barged through to a victory. The preseason games have provided a look at a lot of players and if the numbers are correct, NFL fans are anxious to see the actual season get underway. Fortunately for Seattle, the end result was rewarding. Charlie Whitehurst did everything that was expected of him on the field and managed to set a few records along the way.

This upcoming superstar quarterback threw for almost 215 yards and appeared to be thankful for the opportunity and the ability. Seattle’s quarterback indicated that this was far and away the best preseason game he had played in his five years in the NFL. The quarterback ended up in Seattle two seasons ago via a trade that gave him $8 million dollars. Charlie Whitehurst led the Seahawks to a 20-18 win in the preseason match against Tennessee and will now prepare for the next team on the ladder.

Two touchdown passes put the game out of reach for the Titans and first year coach Pete Carroll couldn’t have been any more excited. Seattle starter Matt Hasslebeck played before handing over the reigns to someone else for the rest of the game. The popularity surrounding the Seahawks quarterback and their back up should put their fans in an extremely happy place. Charlie Whitehurst has proven he is no shabby apple and folks better wake up and take note of his skills.

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Seahawks sign Bears Adrian Peterson

The Seattle Seahawks signed running back Adrian Peterson on Thursday. But as he has heard every time he does anything in recent years, the accompanying line is … no, not THAT Adrian Peterson.

This Adrian Peterson is a 31-year-old running back who spent the last eight years with the Chicago Bears as a backup before becoming a free agent this offseason, as opposed to the Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back of the same name.

The newest Seahawk was on the field Thursday afternoon wearing No. 42.

Wide receiver Matt Simon, signed just two days ago, was released to create a roster opening.

Peterson rushed just seven times for 51 yards for the Bears last year. In his career, he’s played 106 games with 1,283 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 311 carries.

His best season was in 2007 when he rushed for 510 yards and also caught 51 passes for 420 yards.

Peterson joins a running back competition that already includes Justin Forsett, Julius Jones, Leon Washington, Quinton Ganther and Louis Rankin.

UPDATE (4:25 p.m.): Coach Pete Carroll said after practice that Peterson was brought in because the team is concerned about running back depth in Saturday’s game, largely because Rankin has been sidelined with a sore hamstring.

Carroll indicated Peterson, who practiced today without having even seen a playbook yet, would get some action in the preseason opener. Though the coach wasn’t giving any clues on how much the starters will play Saturday, my guess is Washington won’t play much — if at all — as he returns from last year’s broken leg.

The team won’t want to overuse Forsett or Jones in the preseason opener either, thus Peterson’s arrival.

Peterson said he was still living in Chicago just being patient and waiting for a call.

“It’s still early,” he said.

Camp Confidential: Seattle Seahawks

Elevated speakers pump out PG-13 lyrics and hip-hop beats all through Seattle Seahawks practice.

“I’m fresh, I’m fly, I’m always high,” boasts rapper Lloyd Banks of G-Unit fame, “got ya b—-es waving at me when I roll by.”

Later, it’s a song from Usher creating the visuals: “Honey got a booty like pow, pow, pow.”

And this from another rapper, Akon: “I’m the boss, it only takes one call for a driver to hit you up and drop you off and that’s all. Guess what? I won’t be takin’ that fall. Homie, I got cake, that’s what I’m payin’ them for.”

Thirty-six-year-old safety Lawyer Milloy, the second-oldest player on the team behind kicker Olindo Mare, grooves on the sideline during a break for the first-team defense. His head coach and the Seahawks’ unofficial hype man, Pete Carroll, runs a spirited practice a few yards away. Afterward, I ask Milloy bluntly whether it’s credible for a 58-year-old white guy from Marin County to like G-Unit. Milloy laughs. He played for Carroll in New England more than a decade ago and he jumped at the chance to play for him again.

“The thing about a leader, the leader has to understand and know the people that he is leading,” Milloy explains. “[Carroll] is willing to step into our world a little bit and that’s the sign of a good leader, man — somebody that will get up there and rock to the music. He might not listen to the lyrics, but he can find the beat.”

In theory, anyway.

“I’m not saying he’s always on beat,” Milloy says, “but, you know, it’s just good to see that our leader is out in front. Everything he wants us to do, he’s leading by example.”

The big question upon Carroll’s hiring was whether his enthusiastic style would translate from USC to the NFL. Carroll isn’t running from his reputation as a rah-rah coach. He’s embracing it and winning over players, at least so far, with an approach to training camp that represents a 180-degree turn from the tough camp Jim Mora ran last summer. Mora’s own conditioning level was such that his resting heart rate was 41 and doctors couldn’t make a stress test tough enough to bring his rate to peak levels. If he could achieve such fitness, shouldn’t professional athletes half his age? The team worked harder during camp than anyone imagined. In retrospect, it’s possible the 2009 Seahawks never quit on Mora so much as they ran out of gas.

Carroll has given players full days without practice. Two-a-days ended after about a week. There have been no three-hour practices.

“Best training camp I’ve ever been involved with,” 10th-year receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh said. “We go harder than any training camp I’ve ever been in when we’re out there. Everything is fast, fast, fast. But he’s giving us ample rest and I’m not used to that. It’s very, very different, and I think it’s good because we took a conditioning test and everybody passed it very easily. That showed everybody was in shape. So now it’s just, work on your craft.”

NFL Preseason Preview – Tennessee (0-0) at Seattle (0-0)

The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans will begin 2010 on Saturday night the same way they ended 2009 – by playing each other at Qwest Field.

The teams will be back in uniform for the first time since the Titans prevailed by a 17-13 margin in a Jan. 3 battle that was the culmination of a disappointing season for both teams.
It was last year’s poor 5-11 campaign that prompted the Seahawks to fire head coach Jim Mora after just one year, bringing in legendary USC head coach Pete Carroll to take his place. Carroll, who went 33-31 in previous NFL stints with the Jets (1994) and Patriots (1997-99), presided over major offseason changes in the hopes of building Seattle back into an NFC West contender.

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Which Seahawks Will Rush for a 1000 Yards?

Justin Forsett

Justin Forsett/ Sleeper Pick

Justin Forsett:
Forsett was one of very few pleasant surprises for the Seahawks last year and stood out in contrast to under-performing Julius Jones.Forsett has a chance to battle Leon Washington for the starting RB spot. Forsett has shown he can be a dynamic force, but now he has to convince a new coach of his value to the team. Once he carves out his niche, he should see plenty of action and has a legitimate chance to claim the number one role.

Leon Washington:
Washington is an interesting addition. The Seahawks took a risk in trading for Washington, given the severity of the leg injury that shortened his 2009 season and had many thinking his career was over. Healthy, Washington is a versatile playmaker who would be a welcome addition to the Seattle backfield mix, but there’s no guarantee he’ll ever return to form. He suffered a compound leg fracture — that’s where the bone actually breaks through the skin — against the Raiders last year; breaking both his tibia and his fibula. He’s running already and has a few months to get back into form. Playing with a metal rod in his leg, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be the same force he was before the injury.

Julius Jones:
Still not an ideal feature back. Unfortunately, that role won’t include much scoring. Jones split playing time fairly evenly with Forsett last season,will likely look to split the backfield duties 60/40 with Forsett doing most of the heavy lifting and Jones playing the Warrick Dunn role. Jones will have a decent chance to crack 1,000 yards rushing this season, but don’t expect more than a handful of touchdowns.

So weighing in what Seahawks running back will rush for a thousands yards Justin Forsett.

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Seahawks report: Strategy and personnel breakdown

After a dizzying number of moves during the offseason the Seahawks’ personnel office and general manager John Schneider are finally narrowing their focus on working to get down to a 53-man roster for the regular season.

However, the team continues to be mentioned amid speculation that San Diego restricted free agent Vincent Jackson could be available via trade. Jackson is unhappy with his team’s current offer and is threatening to sit out the season.

Jackson is a big, strong receiver who creates match-up problems for smaller corners. However, the Seahawks might already have someone with a similar skill set if Mike Williams continues to perform well.

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Seattle Seahawks Team Breakdown

Seattle Seahawks: Who starts at running back?

With the quarterback situation settled for now — sorry, Charlie Whitehurst, but this is still Matt Hasselbeck’s show heading into the season — every practice and exhibition game becomes a tryout at running back.

Justin Forsett and Julius Jones are the favorites to start. Both are good all-around backs with a nose for pass protection. Jones lacks panache. Forsett became the more appealing runner last season and I suspect his talents and running style will continue to grow on coach Pete Carroll.

Leon Washington will push for playing time if his surgically repaired leg heals sufficiently. Even Quinton Ganther has a chance to get some carries. This position is pretty wide open.

HOTTEST SEAT

Seahawks: Deion Branch. On the surface, this was a tough call between Branch, who has had problems staying healthy, and linebacker Leroy Hill, who has had problems staying healthy and out of trouble. Both are scheduled to earn fat salaries this season, but only Hill’s deal features guaranteed money. Seattle needs Branch, so he’s safe as long as he’s healthy, but can he stay healthy enough to be a factor?

SECRET WEAPON

Seahawks RB Leon Washington. The 49ers’ Ginn might have been a candidate here as well, but Washington is more intriguing because he was a better player before suffering a ghastly leg injury while with the New York Jets last season. Washington is scheduled to make his Seahawks practice debut at training camp. If the leg heals correctly, Washington could become a player defenses must worry about.

Washington is a rarity among running backs in that he realizes he isn’t an every-down back. He will not require 20 or 25 touches to get into a rhythm. He’ll be fine getting limited touches.

Carroll is known to covet gadget players. Washington is more than that when healthy, but he does fill a specific role. He’s definitely a secret weapon at this point because no one, including the Seahawks, can be sure what he’ll offer this season. He could become a home-run threat or he might not make it out of camp.