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Giants add a savvy vet, sign Brandon Stokley | National Football Post - The New York Giants have gone out and found some help at the wide receiver position. They’ve signed a crafty veteran to work the middle of the field as Brandon Stokley, the 35-year-old, has signed a contract, according to his agent Rick Smith.

9/14: Do the Seahawks need Rice or Gallery more? - Blog - - In Wednesday's Wrap Up video, Brock and Salk discuss whether wide receiver Sidney Rice or guard Robert Gallery, who both missed the season opener, is more important to the Seahawks in their Week 2 game against the Steelers.

Tomlin on Hawks: "We know they’re capable of doing damage to us." | Seahawks Insider - We just wrapped up our conference call with Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. He talked about the mood of his team after his team’s season-opening loss at Baltimore, 35-7. "It’s appropriate," he said. "We played poorly. We of course analyzed our performance, and now we move forward to ready ourselves for the next one. But it doesn’t lessen the fact that that tape is out there. It's out there forever. We understand that. We acknowledge that. We don’t necessarily like it, but that’s life in the NFL." 

Seahawks Blog | Mike Tomlin says Tarvaris 'a legit tough guy' | Seattle Times Newspaper - Mike Tomlin didn't need to watch Tarvaris Jackson survive the five sacks he suffered Sunday in San Francisco to know Seattle's new quarterback is one tough hombre. Tomlin was a member of the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff when the team drafted Jackson in the second round of the 2006 draft. 

Seahawks Blog | Robert Gallery, Sidney Rice return to Seahawks practice | Seattle Times Newspaper - Robert Gallery returned to practice on Wednesday, working at left guard after sitting out the past two weeks because of a sprained knee. "That was great to see him back out," coach Pete Carroll said. "We took care of him, but he got physical, full-speed work today, which was good." Blog | The day in pictures " - Check out some images from Wednesday’s practice, brought to you by photographer Rod Mar: Blog | Wednesday in Hawkville " - FOCUS ON The identity of the Seahawks’ offense. Just who are these guys? The unit that failed to score and generated only 37 yards of total offense in the first half of the season opener against the 49ers? Or the one that put up 17 points and 182 yards in the second half of the 33-17 loss at Candlestick Park on Sunday? Coordinator Darrell Bevell was asked exactly that after practice today, when the Seahawks began preparing for Sunday’s game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. "We’re still searching for a lot of things," Bevell said. "We know the identity that we want to be. We’re not there yet. We’re still trying to find that." 

2011 Seahawks Week 1: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Five things I noticed while watching the Seattle Seahawks during their 33-17 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1:

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Seattle Seahawks: Middle linebacker David Hawthorne was back at practice after missing the opener with a knee injury. Rookie K.J. Wright played well in Hawthorne's absence and could factor as a starting candidate before long. Hawthorne's return restores welcome depth at the very least because he can play more than one linebacker position. Receiver Sidney Rice was limited in practice after a shoulder injury kept him from playing against San Francisco.

The team wants to be careful with him, however, so it's no sure thing Rice will make his Seahawks debut in Pittsburgh. Doug Baldwin's emergence and improved play from Golden Tate have improved Seattle's options in the passing game. Adding Rice opposite Mike Williams would dramatically upgrade the team's options, however. On the line, Robert Gallery returned to practice and worked at left guard, with James Carpenter returning to right tackle.

That's a good thing for Seattle if Gallery is playing at a high level. If not, shuffling the line again wouldn't accomplish much. Seattle's special teams are diminished after losing fullback Michael Robinson. Cornerback Byron Maxwell, another special-teams contributor, was also injured. Their absence against the 49ers helped Ted Ginn Jr. break two long returns. Losing Robinson in particular hurts.

Seattle Seahawks team report: Lynch will be measuring stick for offense - NFL - Sporting News - Marshawn Lynch carried seven times for six yards in the first half of Sunday's season opener—not exactly the running start the Seahawks were seeking after an offseason in which a top priority was improving the running game. Lynch carried six times for 27 yards in the second half—a solid average of 4.5 yards per carry—but it's too much to think Seattle turned the corner in a single game.

Gallery, Rice and Hawthorne on the practice field | Seahawks Insider - Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll discussed his team’s upcoming contest against Pittsburgh on Sunday, saying the game was another challenge his team needs to meet head on. "It’s a matchup that we need," Carroll said. "We need to just keep taking on these tough, difficult situations on to see what we can make of it." It looks like he’ll get some key players back to help in that task. Offensive guard Robert Gallery, receiver Sidney Rice and linebacker David Hawthorne all suited up for practice today.

From the Sidelines: Seahawks at 49ers - The Seahawks move on from Sunday’s season-opening 33-17 defeat at the 49ers with an 0-1 record but, surprisingly enough, a load of positives, momentum and, most importantly, lessons learned — even if it was via the hard and painful way.

Andrew Luck could be best QB prospect in 25-plus years - NFL - Sporting News - Andrew Luck, Stanford. Luck (6-4, 235) was the best quarterback prospect in the country last season, and if he improves as much in 2011 as he did in 2010, he will be the best quarterback to enter the NFL in more than 25 years. He has good size and arm strength and excellent accuracy, but he separates himself from other quarterbacks with his intelligence. He does an outstanding job of identifying the defense before the snap, makes very quick decisions while dropping back, gets rid of the ball quickly and consistently makes strong, accurate throws. Projection: Expect him to forgo his last year of eligibility and be the first pick in the 2012 draft.

Seattle Seahawks: 8 Lessons Learned in Week 1 Loss at 49ers | Bleacher Report - The Seahawks opened the season on the road with a 33-17 loss to the 49ers . Seattle dug themselves into a 16-0 halftime hole and managed to pull within two at 19-17 with 3:56 remaining...

Seattle Seahawks: 3 Players Who Must Step Up in Week 2 or Risk Being Benched | Bleacher Report | Bleacher Report - The Seahawks ' loss in Week 1 proved adjustments still need to be made after the shortened offseason. Only one week through the season, too much shouldn't be taken away from this one game—but some changes could be brewing... Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville " - FOCUS ON Steelers. Past, not present. Yes, the Seahawks play the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday. But this is a look at the ex-Steelers who have been very, very good to the Seahawks. - Sports: Seahawks' Tarvaris Jackson takes a licking, keeps on ticking - Something became evident over the course of the preseason and Sunday's regular-season opener. Tarvaris Jackson is the right man for the Seahawks quarterback job. And that's not necessarily because Jackson is a good quarterback -- though despite some people's shouts for backup Charlie Whitehurst, it's way too early to know if Jackson will succeed in Seattle. No, Jackson is the right man for the job because, well, he has a chance to survive the job.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Lightning Strikes: Earl Thomas Eclipses Troy Polamalu in 2011 - Pete Carroll talks about his time coaching at USC quite a bit. He mentions a number situations and players that helped shape his experience and his teams. No player gets referenced more than Troy Polamalu. He is the gold standard by which Carroll judges all safeties and team leaders. Having played safety himself in college, Carroll has a special affinity for that position, and has crafted his defenses to feature great safeties. That is why it came as no surprise when Carroll used one of his first two 1st-round draft picks in 2010 to select a safety, Earl Thomas.

Tarvaris Jackson and beating the rush - NFC West Blog - ESPN - The Pittsburgh Steelers, despite their rough showing in Week 1, can obviously test a quarterback's ability to distribute the football before pressure arrives. How the Seattle Seahawks' Tarvaris Jackson fares in this area should be of special interest in Week 2. The Steelers have sent five or more pass-rushers on 37 percent of quarterback drop backs since 2008, the eighth-highest figure in the NFL. Jackson has struggled in these situations, taking sacks once every 7.5 drop backs, the second-highest rate in the NFL among current starters.

Week 2 NFL Odds: Seahawks Vs. Steelers - SB Nation Pittsburgh - Here's a look at the NFL Odds from the Steelers' matchup against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. The Steelers are favored by about 15 points (with spreads ranging from 14.5 to 15.5), and it's easy to see why. After being crushed by the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, the Steelers will have a lot to prove. - Sports: Shaun Alexander: Everybody's All-American - Shaun Alexander's mind was blank. Face down, with only his facemask protecting him from the turf, he couldn't think of anything at all. All the excitement and pressure that weighed on an entire city had gone away, and now there was nothing. Only Alexander, the turf and the voices of a few trainers. Blog | Up next: Pittsburgh Steelers " - Star power: Where to start on a team that has had seven Pro Bowl players (linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, nose tackle Casey Hampton, defensive end Brett Keisel, tight end Heath Miller, safety Troy Polamalu and center Maurkice Pouncey) the past two seasons and two defensive players of the year (Harrison and Polamalu) the past three seasons? With the guy who gets the most attention, off as well as on the field: QB Ben Roethlisberger. His image is even larger than the player they call Big Ben (6-5, 241). But most of the attention he got in the opener against the Ravens was negative, as Roethlisberger threw three interceptions, fumbled twice, was sacked four times and emerged with a 52.9 passer rating.

Seahawks get 2 for the price of 1 | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Looking to add more depth to the backfield, the Seattle Seahawks signed fullback/tight end Eddie Williams to the 53-man roster on Tuesday. The team waived tight end Dominique Byrd in order to make room for Williams.

Steelers Vs. Seahawks: NFL Week 2 Game Notes - Behind the Steel Curtain - Okay, it's time to start thinking about the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 2 opponent, the Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll's squad tried to make a game of it in San Francisco last Sunday, but ultimately shot themselves in the foot with two special teams coverage gaffes late in the fourth quarter that crippled any chance of a comeback. I watched a fair amount of the game and was both somewhat impressed by the tenacity of their defense, as well as decidedly unimpressed by the effectiveness of the offense. I'll elaborate more throughout the remainder of the week, spotlight several players I feel are worth keeping an eye on Sunday, and breakdown how I think the Steelers will go about their home opener Sunday afternoon, but let's first take a quick look at the two team's series history, as well as a few stats and game notes to begin the pregame coverage of Pittsburgh's Week 2 matchup with Seattle.

Seahawks lament missed chance in loss to Niners - NFL - ESPN - Across the backs of numerous shirts printed up since Pete Carroll took over in Seattle is the word "finish," a reference to making sure his Seahawks close strong in every game. Instead of finishing, the Seahawks flopped in their season opener. A combination of an absent offense and a late special teams meltdown had Carroll's club lamenting a missed opportunity on Monday after falling 33-17 to San Francisco.

Seahawks | Seahawks' offensive line will require much patience | Seattle Times NewspaperTom Cable told us there would be a learning curve. His warning wasn't even subtle back on Aug. 1 as he addressed implementing his new blocking scheme to Seattle's new offensive line. "I keep saying, if you hear me, the system has to kind of start in infancy and grow just like we all do as humans," he said.

Seahawks Blog | 0-1 is too soon to see a trend; 0-2 however ... | Seattle Times Newspaper - The one thing about starting 0-1 is that Seattle has lots of practice. This is the 23rd time in franchise history Seattle lost its season-opener.