Jennings Navigates the Learning Curve

Cornerback Kelly Jennings had a lot to think about when the Seahawks held their first mini-camp after the draft. The first-round draft choice from Miami played almost exclusively man coverage in college, but the Seahawks are asking him to diversify his game.

That means Jennings must learn how to read three-step drops, to cite one example. His ability to shadow receivers should not be the issue. Learning the defense and some of the new techniques will take time.

"I don't know the system yet and I'm trying to get into it," Jennings said. "How long it will take? I hope not long. The quicker I can pick it up, the quicker I have a chance to actually get in and play. I'm going to do all I can to study late nights and get in more film work."

People want to know how Jennings might hold up given his relatively thin frame. He stands 5-11 but weighs only 178 pounds. Mini-camps won't answer that question because the team isn't practicing in full pads. The physical work will have to wait until training camp. Jennings said he's more than willing to mix it up.

"It's football, it's a collision sport," Jennings said. "That is something my high school coach always emphasized. I know I'm a smaller guy and I have to stick my nose in there harder than everyone else in order to make a tackle."

Jennings is working at left corner with the No. 2 defense. Veteran cornerback Kelly Herndon is with the starters. Jordan Babineaux, who can also play safety, will not practice until he fully recovers from off-season shoulder surgery. Jennings will be given every chance to win the starting job, but first he'll have to learn the ropes.

"I'm one of those guys who likes to get it and not mess up," Jennings said. "I've been thinking a lot out there. But thinking also causes you to mess up.

"I'm just trying to find that happy medium."

MOSES GETS TRYOUT: He was not among the list of Seattle's recently signed undrafted free agents, but the Seahawks are giving undrafted rookie free agent DE Renaldo Moses of North Carolina State a tryout at their rookie minicamp this weekend.

We asked Senior Analyst Rob Rang about Moses, and here’s what Rob had to say:

“Moses is an intriguing guy, though I'm surprised he landed with Seattle, as his size (6-5, 220) and burst make him a more logical candidate for the 3-4 rush linebacker position. He was the starter at defensive end over first round (#22 overall) Manny Lawson until blowing out his knee during the 2003 season. The injury was particularly serious as the ACL, MCL, and LCL in his right knee were all torn.

"Moses backed up Lawson each of the past two seasons, registering 29 tackles, including 8 tackles for loss (3 sacks) in rotational duty over that time. Has struggled to add weight and remain durable to this point. Besides the knee injury, Moses dislocated his elbow in spring drills of 2002. Looks more like a small forward on the field than a prototypical DE, but is physical and plays hard. Potential developmental prospect. He has some talent and is a hardworking, dedicated kid who comes very highly recommended by the NC State staff.”

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