5 Takeaways from Pete Carroll's Presser

Pete Carroll provided thoughts on free agents Evan Mathis and Samson Satele, an update on Kam Chancellor and hinted that we’ve already seen the offensive line that will start Week One of the regular season against the St. Louis Rams. SeahawkFootball.com reads between the lines to tell you what Carroll meant but didn’t say.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll answered questions from the media following Monday's practice. The following five notes are what you need to know.

5. Seahawks bring back WR Deshon Fox, release CB Jeremy Crayton

The 5-10, 177 pound Fox is a less explosive version of rookie Tyler Lockett, using his quickness and body control to run clean routes and possessing soft, reliable hands. It is a different skill-set than Seattle's bigger-bodied reserves Kevin Norwood (6-2, 199), Kevin Smith (6-0, 218) and Kasen Williams (6-1, 219). He'll have a tough time making this roster but in re-signing, clearly the Seahawks like him. Crayton was signed as a street free agent a week ago but with cornerbacks higher on the depth in Richard Sherman, Will Blackmon, Tharold Simon and Marcus Burley all expected to return to practice this week, he was expendable.

4. Nothing new with Kam

Kam Chancellor's holdout has now reached 25 days with no end in sight. Chancellor's competitiveness and the financial reality of missed game checks once the regular season begins still make it entirely possible that he'll arrive in time for the St. Louis Rams in Week One but Seattle was informed long ago that the All-Pro strong safety was prepared to take his holdout into the regular season and he's dug in his heels. Fortunately for Seattle, a group of young safeties led by Dion Bailey have raised their play throughout camp. Bailey isn't the intimidator than Chancellor is (few are), but he has provided some big hits of his own over the first two games, is an athletic, aggressive tackler and has very good ball-skills. I was a big fan of his play at Southern Cal and wouldn't be surprised at all to see him perform well as a starter in Seattle's scheme.

3. Carroll smartly appreciates B.J. Daniels' versatility

Carroll acknowledged Daniels' athleticism and versatility, pointing out his role on special teams covering kickoffs, at wide receiver and, of course, his ability to play quarterback. As Carroll noted, "It's the more you can do" motto that scouts and coaches echo throughout the NFL but Daniels is especially valuable to Seattle because he physically is so similar to Russell Wilson. Therefore, should he ever be forced into a game as Seattle's quarterback, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell wouldn't have to change the offense much, utilizing the same read-option attack that should be deadly with defenses forced to pick between the quarterback, Marshawn Lynch and Jimmy Graham down the seam. Tarvaris Jackson is clearly Seattle's primary backup and Carroll said Monday he's hopeful the 10-year veteran will be back by the regular season opener. Current third-string quarterback R.J. Archer has shown flashes but hasn't significantly enough out-passed Daniels to ignore the roster flexibility he gives the Seahawks.

2. Bruce Irvin suffered a concussion vs. the Chiefs

Irvin is under concussion protocol which means he could be sidelined against the Chargers and perhaps much more . Losing the highly versatile defender would be a significant blow as Irvin is not only arguably Seattle's most explosive edge rusher, he plays an underrated role in Seattle's run defense and coverage schemes, as well. Noticeably bigger and stronger in the hopes of landing a mega-deal when his contract comes up after the season, Irvin looks like a guy on the verge of a monster year.

1. Seahawks anticipate starting same offensive line in Week One vs. the Rams as last week vs. Chiefs

The play of new starters Garry Gilliam, Justin Britt and Drew Nowak was the top takeaway from last week's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs so Carroll's announcement that the starting five of left tackle Russell Okung, left guard Justin Britt, center Drew Nowak, right guard J.R. Sweezy and right tackle Garry Gilliam would remain the same this week against the San Diego Chargers isn't surprising. Carroll did acknowledge that this group had "a real chance" to be THE group and acknowledged the disproportionate play between the starting unit and Seattle's primary backups. It is Seattle's lack of depth along the offensive line that is going to fuel general manager John Schneider's constant searches for talent upgrades. The team spent much of Saturday visiting with free agent guard Evan Mathis and worked out former Tom Cable disciple Samson Satele Monday. Neither player is likely an imminent signing but more of Schneider and the Seahawks simply doing their due diligence on the available talent.

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