Updated Aug 17, 2012 - 9:05 am
Seahawks anxious to face Manning, unleash T.O.
Seattle takes on the Broncos Saturday night in the second pre-season game for both teams. There will be plenty of compelling reasons to watch, at least the first half.
Quarterback Matt Flynn will get another chance to lead the Seahawks first team offense. This time he'll have Terrell Owens as a target. Seattle coach Pete Carroll told me in our pre-game interview "T.O." has looked very good in training camp.
"He's been with us two weeks and made plays every day," said Carroll. "We've kept him at one spot to facilitate him learning the system. He's battling for a job. This is a very exciting position group, and there's no way of calling it right now."
The addition of Owens and veteran Braylon Edwards has created fierce competition and plenty of options. Speedster Deon Butler is healthy after missing much of the 2011 season recovering from a broken leg. The Penn State alum believes he's as fast as he was in 2009.
"I feel great, I definitely have my legs up under me," Butler told me after Wednesday's practice. "I played at the end of last year, but now I really feel that I'm back to my quickness and getting in an out of my routes."
While it's only a pre-season contest, there's plenty of buzz in Denver about Peyton Manning's first home action. Manning cut ties with the Colts, and turned down several suitors, including the Seahawks, to accept a lucrative deal with the Broncos. Denver coach John Fox says Manning will play in the first half.
"There was about as much hype as you could possibly generate about any one player, and he deserves it, " said Pete Carroll. "I'm looking forward to our guys playing against him, and I want to see him too, just like anybody else."
Carroll was non-committal when asked whether running back Marshawn Lynch would get any carries in this game. Lynch did not play against Tennessee, and faces possible NFL discipline in the regular season for his DUI arrest in Oakland, California last month.
The Seahawks are without starting tight end Zach Miller (concussion), and right guard John Moffitt, (elbow surgery). Carroll said receiver Sidney Rice is progressing well from shoulder surgery, but will not play in this game.
You can hear the Seahawks-Broncos game on both 710ESPN Seattle and 97.3 KIRO FM Saturday. Dori Monson hosts the pre-game show at 4 o'clock. Steve Raible, Paul Moyer, and Jen Mueller have the play-by-play starting at 6 p.m.
Follow Bill Swartz, 710 ESPN Seattle
Bonneville Media encourages site users to express their opinions by posting comments. Our goal is to maintain a civil dialogue in which readers feel comfortable. At times, the comments can descend to personal attacks. Please do not engage in such behavior. We encourage your thoughtful comments which: have a positive and constructive tone, are on topic, are respectful toward others and their opinions. Bonneville reserves the right to remove comments which do not conform to these criteria.
- Bob and Groz
Aaron Harang needs to own up to poor outings
- Gary Hill
Mariners face Joe Blanton and his 1-10 record
- Brock and Danny
Position aside, who's the Seahawks' best player?
- 'Hawk Talk' set for Wednesday at 12:30
- Position aside, who's the Seahawks' best player?
- Seahawks' Moffitt pleads guilty to disorderly conduct
- Seahawks' Earl Thomas is on the cusp of greatness
- Sherman wants to change secondary stereotypes
- On Marshawn Lynch's ranking on NFL's Top 100 list
- More Seattle Seahawks »