Thursday, August 16, 2012
Around the NFC West: T.O. makes move?
By Mike Sando
The Seattle Seahawks' defensive backs were gunning for Terrell Owens when the veteran receiver reported to training camp last week.
Cornerback Brandon Browner memorably planted Owens on his backside during drills. Owens, 38, remained philosophical at the time. He figured there would be an acclimation period after sitting out the 2011 NFL season.
Perhaps Owens figured right.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune thought Owens made noticeable strides in practice Wednesday. Boling: "Asked to pick a story of the day, I’d say that Terrell Owens looked as if he’s getting his legs under him and feeling more comfortable. He pulled in a nice completion against Richard Sherman on a little in-and-out route during one-on-one drills, and later grabbed two touchdown passes in team (2s v. 2s) from Russell Wilson. The first score reflected well on both of them; the play appeared on the verge of breaking down, but Wilson stepped up and Owens found a spot open near the back of the end zone. He also caught a long touchdown from Wilson. On the same veteran receiver front, Braylon Edwards had an eye-catching one-handed grab of a poorly thrown pass during skeleton drills."
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says Bobby Wagner is on track to start at middle linebacker for Seattle.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Pete Carroll recruited Sherman to USC as a cornerback. Sherman went to Stanford as a receiver instead, but Carroll is getting the last laugh.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic expects Ryan Williams to play for the Cardinals on Friday night, six days short of the one-year anniversary of the torn patella Williams suffered in the 2011 exhibition season.
Also from Somers: Tarvaris Jackson probably will not wind up in Arizona. Somers: "I've been asked several times if the Cardinals will show interest. I don't see it. I think it's questionable if Jackson is better than what the Cardinals have already. Do you give up assets for Seattle's 3rd QB? Plus, I don't see teams in the same division trading. I've been surprised before but I don't see this happening."
More from Somers: Blake Gideon is among the little-known players standing out in Cardinals camp.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Michael Floyd is keeping a low profile in Arizona.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman understands the difficult transition A.J. Jenkins is making as a rookie wide receiver. Maiocco: "Jenkins, of course, is a lock to make the 49ers' 53-man roster. But it's unlikely he'll get much of an opportunity to contribute as a rookie with Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham clearly ahead of him on the depth chart."
Also from Maiocco: Michael Crabtree is healthy, and it shows in the receiver's speed.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Crabtree and cornerback Carlos Rogers know the score in their rivalry. Crabtree: "I've got a little tablet on my locker, of how many days I won, how many he lost. So, I'm keeping tabs. I'm winning right now. I'll try to keep it like that."
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News quotes Roman on Crabtree: "He was playing last year on a bad wheel and battled his way through it. He's much healthier this year. He certainly appears a lot quicker and faster."
Also from Inman: practice notes.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noticed rookie receiver Chris Givens repeatedly running deep routes in the Rams' preseason opener, an indication St. Louis plans to showcase Givens as a deep threat. Thomas: "On three occasions, the Rams threw deep his way. The first resulted in a pass interference flag against safety Jermale Hines (a Rams fifth-round pick in 2011). The 54-yard penalty advanced the ball to the Indy 26 and set up the Rams' only points of the day, on a Greg Zuerlein field goal. The second heave -- like the first, thrown by backup quarterback Kellen Clemens -- barely was beyond Givens' reach and probably would've resulted in a touchdown late in the second quarter. And with rookie QB Austin Davis in the ballgame in the third quarter, a third long-range attempt was underthrown. Givens came back for the ball, and should've caught it, but was distracted by a defender flashing in front of him."
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com offers notes from Rams camp. Wagoner: "LB Aaron Brown might be the most overlooked player in this draft class but he continues to impress. He jumped in front of a receiver in a one on one drills for an interception. He’s also made a strong impression on special teams coach John Fassel. They say that for young defensive players to make an impression and make the squad, special teams is the way to do it. It would seem he’s doing just that so far."
Also from Wagoner: Torry Holt is in town with the Rams.
More from Wagoner: Danny Amendola as a leader.