Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sando: Carlson Stands Out

by: Chris Sullivan

Mike Sando has a wrap-up of his impressions after day one of the Seahawks' final minicamp of the year. Sando notes that Carlson "stands out right away," and appears to have stepped up his game markedly over the year, bouncing off DBs after the catch and turning upfield for more yards. He continues:

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said the staff is using Carlson extensively across multiple packages, including on third down. There were times last season when Carlson inexplicably -- to me, anyway -- came off the field in those situations.

So, who has been doing a good job covering Carlson? Why, it's none other than Rookie LB Aaron Curry, who "covers him better than anyone," but was being praised instead for his surprising pass-rush skills by Mora. This was something that we noted on the blog in the days after his drafting, that Curry was never really asked to do a lot of pass rushing at Wake Forest but when he was, he shone brightly. We'll see how things go as we enter the pre-season, of course, but it's a good thing to read at this stage.

I'll leave the article for you guys to read on your own, but there's an interesting bit about Baraka Atkins and some Kevin Hobbs coverage that I would recommend checking out.