Pete Carroll , ‘ We have a competitive roster’

The Seattle Seahawks will conclude their preseason schedule when they take on the Oakland Raiders Thursday at 7:00 p.m ( PT) at CenturyLink Field. The game will mark the 14th-straight year the preseason will end with a game against the Raiders.

OPPORTUNITY FOR ROOKIES AND BACK UPS

Thursday nights game will be the last opportunity for rookies and backups to stake thier claim to a roster position or move up on the teams depth chart.

INJURIED HAVE HAMPERED PROGRESS

One thing that has hampered the competition between the rookies adn back ups has been injuries. The lack of practice and playing time has shortened the amount of opportunities the palyers have to show coaches what they can do on the field.

TEAM WILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE RUN GAME

Despite leading the NFL in rushing last year the Seahawks are aiming to improve by putting more wrinkles in the running game by finding creative ways to use the running backs.

(On Chris Carson’s skillset that allows him to be a bigger part in the passing game) 

“Chris is a really natural athlete. He’s just so comfortable in all situations, in particular catching the football. He’s got great hands. He’s got an excellent catching range. He has the sense that good players have that catching the ball and getting on the move and really bursting and making things happen. We’d love to get him in space more. He’s now ready with all the protection stuff and he’s a very good pass pro player guy.

He just fits it right. Obviously, as we expand his role there, it just makes it more difficult for the defense to know whether he’s going to run it or he’s going to throw it or what we’re doing. We just like every aspect of that. Rashaad Penny, when he’s in the game, we think the same way. Rashaad is ready in the passing game as well. We are hoping that can be a nice aspect to the offense.”
 

Carroll on the team intention to continue to improve the run game.

GREAT BILL RUSSELL VISITS PRACTICE

Legendanry Sports Icon Bill Russell attended the Seahawks practice Wednesday and Carroll talk about what a great honor it was to have Russell talk to the players . Carroll invited Russell to practice after reading his book on leadership

Carroll on Bill Russell talking to the team

ROSTER MOVES

The Seahawks made some moves before Wednesdays practice.The team signed a pair of receivers in Kahlil Lewis and Nyqwan Murray. The team then waived Amara Darboh and placed defensive back Kalan Reed and defensive tackle Nazair Jones on the injured reserve in order to make room.

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