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'Hawks introduce Fred Jackson, practice squad

Erasing any doubt as to the importance of Fred Jackson's role with the Seahawks, head coach Pete Carroll introduced the team's newest toy on offense with the declaration, "He'll play a lot" in Sunday's regular season opener against the St. Louis Rams.

The Seahawks introduced the newest member of their backfield Monday along with 10 members of the practice squad. 

Veteran tailback Fred Jackson officially joined the team, donning the same No. 22 that he previously worn in his eight years as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Rookie cornerback Tye Smith switched to No. 21 to accommodate the veteran. 

Following his first practice with the club, Jackson expressed his excitement about playing for a Super Bowl contender. 

"It's the number one motivating factor," Jackson said. "When you get up in your years in your career, and you haven't won or been in a playoff game... you know Richard Sherman joked with me, he was like, you haven't played in the playoffs? I was like, we all haven't been that fortunate. So it was the number one thing. You want to go somewhere where they know how to win and they've had some success, and that's the number one reason I'm here in Seattle. They know how to do it, they've been to two straight Super Bowls, and it's something that I want to be a part of."

Rather than ease Jackson into things, Pete Carroll made it clear that Seattle's newest addition would be thrown right into the fire Sunday in the regular season opener against the St. Louis Rams. 

"He'll play a lot," Carroll said when asked about Jackson's availability Sunday. "He ran the whole offense today. I don't know how he got it all done, but he got it done today so I would think he'll be ready to go."

Jackson is expected to play behind former Buffalo teammate and longtime friend Marshawn Lynch as Seattle's primary backup running back. His reliability in pass protection and as a receiver could make him especially important against the Rams, which boast one of the NFL's fiercest pass rushes. 

In other news, the Seahawks announced the names of all 10 practice squad members, as well. 

Fans will likely recognize seven names, as they are players who didn't quite make final cut down to 53. The other three - cornerbacks Justin Coleman and Kevin Short and defensive lineman Robert Thomas - however, were signed from other rosters. 

Alphabetically, the Seahawks practice squad includes tight end RaShaun Allen, Coleman, center Will Pericak, linebacker Eric Pinkins, tackle Terry Poole, Short, wide receiver Kevin Smith, running back Rod Smith, Thomas and wide receiver Kasen Williams. 


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