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Pete Carroll had to tell Shaquem Griffin to slow down in first practice

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Pretty much everyone is excited about linebacker Shaquem Griffin’s ongoing developments with the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks, and of course that includes Griffin himself. On Friday, Griffin practice with the team for the first time during rookie minicamps and according to head coach Pete Carroll, he was a little too fired up. Which is a pretty significant statement considering that it’s coming from Pete “fired up” Carroll.

Griffin “looked very aggressive,” per Carroll through ESPN’s Omar Ruiz. “We had to slow him down some early on in the practice and in the walk through, he was going too hard.”

Griffin ran a disputed 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine that was likely inaccurate by a significant margin, but on Friday perhaps he could’ve beaten John Ross in a foot race. That kind of hustle, excitement, and eagerness could benefit Griffin where it matters most though: making the roster through special teams contributions.

That would certainly fire up Carroll too.