Seahawks report: Strategy and personnel
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.
--LS Clint Gresham, a rookie out of Texas Christian who was waived by the New Orleans Saints, was claimed by Seattle on Saturday to compete with current long snapper Matt Overton.
--CB Marcus Udell, a free-agent rookie from Middle Tennessee, was unlikely to make the team and waived to make room for Gresham.
--LB David Hawthorne, one of the few bright spots for Seattle last season, reportedly fired his agent and was the last player to sign with the team just before camp, signing his exclusive rights tender worth $460,000.
--OL Chester Pitts agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $2 million. Pitts started training camp on the active physically-unable-to-perform list.
--S Earl Thomas inked a five-year, $21.1 million contract, with $12.32 million guaranteed.
BATTLE OF THE WEEK
Julius Jones vs. Justin Forsett for starting RB job. The two running backs continue to split carries with the first unit. This competition likely will play out through the exhibition season, with a winner declared just before the opening of the regular season.
OTHER BATTLE FRONTS
Lawrence Jackson continues to work behind Red Bryant at defensive end, and Leroy Hill has yet to work his way back into the starting lineup, with David Hawthorne working with the first unit at outside linebacker.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WR Mike Williams -- One of the most impressive-looking players in camp continues to be wide receiver Mike Williams. After a two-year absence, the former top 10 picks is in shape and regularly defeating Seattle's best corners on deep routes during camp. Listed at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds on the team's roster, he could develop into the deep threat and red-zone target Seattle coveted when it went after and lost out on wide receiver Brandon Marshall in free agency.
DE E.J. Wilson, a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina has raised some eyebrows at camp with his play, creating havoc in the backfield and also making plays in space. ... Fifth-round draft choice Kam Chancellor also has shown a knack for being around the ball so far in camp.
Offensive lineman Chester Pitts (knee), cornerback Josh Pinkard (knee) and fullback Owen Schmitt (elbow) have been placed on the active PUP list, which means they still count against the 80-man roster and can be activated at any time. Schmitt is expected to be out only a day or two, while Carroll said Pitts could be longer while the trainers continue his rehab from microfracture knee surgery.
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