When the Seahawks first drafted K.J. Wright, the immediate concern was that the linebacker from Mississippi State wasn’t excited enough about his future in the NFL.
A perplexed general manager John Schneider, who called the fourth-round pick, told Wright he better get more pumped up before talking to Pete Carroll, only to find out that Wright was speaking in hushed tones because he was in the middle of his college graduation, about to walk on stage to pick up his diploma, having earned his degree in criminology.
Four months later, it is safe to say not only that Wright is sufficiently excited to be in the NFL, but also that the Seahawks are equally enthused about the rookie’s play.
“He’s getting better every week,” linebacker coach Ken Norton, Jr. said. “Every time you watch him play, watch him move, he’s getting more comfortable. His reads in the middle are really good, he’s picking up things in the passing game. I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t expect a rookie to have more done than him.”
The fact that Wright is having a good training camp shouldn’t be that surprising; after all, the Seahawks drafted him for a reason. What makes Wright’s first few weeks in the NFL so impressive is that he’s doing it at a position he didn’t play in college. As a sophomore and junior at MSU, Wright, who appeared in every game of his four-year career, started at strongside linebacker, then as a senior he played on the weakside. What he never did, on a regular basis, was play middle linebacker. Yet early in training camp, Norton looked at Wright, saw a player who was big, athletic, and most importantly intelligent — the middle linebacker is essentially the quarterback of the defense — and decided to move Wright to the middle. With the surprising departure of Lofa Tatupu, Wright suddenly became the team’s No. 2 middle linebacker behind David Hawthorne.http://www.noticeorange.com/r/Seahawks12thManArmy to get an app for your phone. It's free and it has alerts so that you'll know whenever Seahawks 12th Man Army has anything new. What could be better?
Tags: Coach Ken, College Graduation, David Hawthorne, Four Months, J Wright, John Schneider, Ken Norton Jr, Lofa Tatupu, Middle Linebacker, Mississippi State, Passing Game, Pete Carroll, Sophomore, training camp
Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..