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NFL.com news: Mallett, Kolb among QBs who shined in preseason debut: The Patriots' Ryan Mallett is the steal of the draft. The rookie had a sensational debut performance against the Jaguars. Mallett completed 12 of 19 passes for 164 yards with one touchdown on his way to leading the Patriots to two scores in his four possessions. Although he worked against the second-team defense, his pocket poise and awareness were exceptional for a first-year player. He routinely found the safety valve or hot read against blitz pressure and seemed undaunted by the free rushers in his face. Mallett also showed exceptional arm strength, accuracy and touch on intermediate throws. He repeatedly delivered the ball on time, and his decisiveness indicates his quick mastery of the system. Despite the difficulty in finding quality young quarterbacks, it seems the Patriots have picked up a franchise quarterback with their third-round pick.
Seahawks Vs. Chargers: Russell Okung's Ankle, Josh Portis' Emergence And What We Learned - SB Nation Seattle: Russell Okung needs bubble wrap, Josh Portis has outstanding potential and more thoughts from the Seattle Seahawks first preseason game.
Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Immediate Reactions: Seahawks Win 24-17: Immediate Reactions: Seahawks Win 24-17 Thomas Clayton, Josh Portis, Jeron Johnson, Pierre Allen are all names that figured prominently in the Seahawks 24-17 exhibition opening win tonight. Some player that nobody knows may have started his long climb tonight to eventually contributing to the franchise down the road. That's pre-season football, and I love it. David Hawthorne, Ben Obomanu, Leonard Weaver, Rufus Porter, Dave Krieg are all part of the rich history of underdogs that made good in Seattle. It is easy to get carried away in either the positive or negative in these games. One player looks terrible and the other looks great, only the guy who played great was going against guys who will never pull on an NFL jersey outside of the exhibition season. These games are one of the few places in life where the "how" matters exponentially more than the result.
Seahawks Blog | Three things: A summary of Thursday's game | Seattle Times Newspaper: I. THREE THINGS WE LEARNED 1) It's impossible not to wonder about Russell Okung's durability. It was premature to call him injury-prone last year as he suffered injuries to different ankles two months apart in 2010. Each injury was described as a high ankle sprain, which involves the ligament holding the two lower bones of the leg together. The injury used to be described as a broken leg. He never missed time in college and didn't have some sort of chronic condition in the joints. It seemed that might just be awful luck. But now, as Okung injured his left ankle on the first series of this second season in what his coach termed a non-contact situation, it's impossible not to be concerned about whether Okung will stay healthy enough to be the cornerstone the team expects at left tackle.
17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: San Diego in Perspective: I didn't actually watch the game last night, so I won't pretend to offer any direct observations. I'm mostly relying on what everyone else saw, which seems to be a convenient consensus. But I do think there's a lot of perspective to be had.
With Russell Okung out, what will Seahawks do at LT? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com: Russell Okung's latest ankle injury could leave the Seahawks searching for a temporary replacement at left tackle. Okung missed a combined eight weeks with two separate high ankle sprains last season -- five weeks after the first injury and three weeks after the second -- and early indications were that the injury he suffered on the opening possession of Thursday's preseason game against the Chargers was of the same variety. "It is in that area," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday when asked if the injury was a high ankle sprain.
8/12: How Seahawks QBs fared against Chargers - Blog - MyNorthwest.com: In Friday's Wrap Up video, Brock Huard breaks down the play of Seahawks quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson, Charlie Whitehurst and Josh Portis in the team's preseason opener against the Chargers.
Pre-season thoughts: Josh Portis vs San Diego " Seahawks Draft Blog: I’ve had a chance to watch through last night’s San Diego game again, particularly focusing on the quarterbacks. I think most Seahawks fans were intrigued to see Josh Portis perform because we know so little about him. Game tape isn’t readily accessible for California (PA) so it was a chance to see if there was some potential there or if he’d merely be consigned to the ever growing list of training camp stars who never make it in Seattle.
Wide receiver group has height, adds playmaking ability | Seahawks Special Section - Renton Reporter: The signing of wide receiver Sidney Rice gives the Seahawks a formidable set of weapons in the passing game. Rice struggled somewhat with injuries his first four seasons (all with Minnesota) and missed 16 total games. But he flashed his excellent potential in a breakout 2009 season. Rice played all 16 games, caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s already made an impression with his play during training camp. "Sidney obviously is just crazy competitive about the football; he just can go after everything," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said in a press conference. "He’ already made a half-dozen circus catches in just a few days, so it’s going to be really exciting to watch him and see what he brings."
Clayton, running game impressive | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune: Thomas Clayton irritated fans at Qualcomm Stadium when he flexed his biceps after breaking a long run late in the game Thursday night. But his hard-running style may have raised a few eyebrows on the Seattle Seahawks’ coaching staff.
A meaningful game, potentially costly win for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune: Pete Carroll’s goal for his team’s first exhibition game was escaping with no significant injuries. But even after holding out several starters, the Seattle coach’s worst fear materialized in the Seahawks’ 24-17 come-from-behind win over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday in the preseason opener for both teams.
Chargers Vs. Seahawks Rookie Report: Preseason Week 1 - NFL - Yahoo! Sports: The most important aspect of the NFL preseason isn't seeing how prepared the stars are. Instead, it's all about finding the young players who are ready to assert themselves as NFL-caliber players. The first game of the season for the San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks provided coaches and fans with a look at some of the young talent that both clubs have on their roster this season. Some of the young NFL hopefuls stepped up and made big plays, whereas others struggled to be productive under Qualcomm's bright lights.
QB Leinart settles in with Texans - NFL - ESPN: Matt Leinart knows his time is coming. The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner is back in a reserve role with the Houston Texans behind incumbent quarterback Matt Schaub. During the free-agent frenzy, Leinart had a chance to rejoin his college coach, Pete Carroll, in Seattle and possibly earn a starting role. Instead, he chose to return to the Texans, learn more from Schaub and coach Gary Kubiak, and bide his time.