Nick Reed-y and willing
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Who helped himself in Saturday's exhibition game? Well, how about rookie defensive end Nick Reed? There can't be any doubt about that. He intercepted a pass, shared a sack and spent the better part of Saturday night making a case for why he should be the fifth defensive end on Seattle's regular-season roster.
In many ways, the competition between Reed and Baraka Atkins is fascinating. Both were second-day selections, but while Reed is an undersized overachiever, Atkins has the build of an NFL defensive end. He's also shown promise, and in 2007, Atkins' development was the reason the team felt it could trade Bryce Fisher to Tennessee for a draft pick. He had two sacks last season, but he's going to have to work to keep Reed from vaulting over him on the depth chart.
Reed has made plays at every step of training camp. After the first two workouts he showed he had the speed to get around bigger tackles. 'Well, let's see how he does when they put the pads on.' Well, the man still made plays with pads on. Then the question would be would he be able to do that in a game-situation. The answer Saturday night in San Diego was that, 'Yes, he could.'
|Patrick Kerney||Patrick Kerney||Grant Wistrom||Grant Wistrom|
|Lawrence Jackson||Darryl Tapp||Bryce Fisher||Bryce Fisher|
|Darryl Tapp||Baraka Atkins||Joe Tafoya||Joe Tafoya|
|Baraka Atkins||Bryce Fisher||Darryl Tapp||Alain Kashama|
|Jason Babin||Jason Babin||Chris Cooper|
|Chike Okeafor||Antonio Cochran||Lamar King|
|Grant Wistrom||Chike Okeafor||Anton Palepoi|
|Antonio Cochran||Anton Paleopoi||Antonio Cochran|
|Anton Palepoi||Brandon Mitchell||Brandon Mitchell|
Copyright © 2009 The Seattle Times Company
Dec 24 - 6:10 AM Looking back: Revisiting Sunday's scouting report
Dec 24 - 1:09 AM Seahawks' scoring binge
Dec 24 - 1:01 AM Video: Summing Seattle's victory
Dec 24 - 12:58 AM Video: Russell Wilson post-game comments
Dec 24 - 12:21 AM Rookie passing roll call