Seahawks DE Cliff Avril and DE Michael Bennett work through drills Wednesday.
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - If the Seattle Seahawks weren't the league's best secondary in the league in 2012 then they appear poised to do everything possible to take that crown in 2013.
The grouping of CB Richard Sherman, CB Brandon Browner, S Kam Chancellor and S Earl Thomas have all been named to the Pro Bowl or as an All-Pro in the last two seasons in Seattle. Throw in three-time Pro Bowl selection CB Antoine Winfield, who signed with the Seahawks in April, and the ever-intriguing - yet injury-plagued - CB Walter Thurmond and Seattle appears to be stocked full with front-line talent in their defensive backfield.
Sherman in particular just looks to be on another level. He's incredibly fluid in his ability to move and change directions and always appears to be in the right place at the right time. He's been so good that the group in the media room that covers the team regularly can't name the last time they saw a pass completed that was thrown in Sherman's direction.
The rest don't look too bad either. Even CB Jeremy Lane made a nice play to swat away a pass in the endzone to WR Stephen Williams on Wednesday.
Sherman attributed the secondary's strength with increased trust and knowledge of what everyone is doing.
"With teammates like this, sometimes we'll be out there mid-play and Kam will tell me to "jump this" and I'll jump it because it's just trust," Sherman said. "I know he's going to where he's supposed to be. If he tells me to jump this - we'll call plays out halfway through the play and be moving pieces. On film, if you saw it, you wouldn't be able to tell what coverage we're in because it's probably not the most technical way to run it but it works. We're effective and the chemistry is there."
While it is only mini-camp and the real proof will come once the season begins, the Seahawks' secondary appears to be poised for a big year.
-- News & Notes
Pretty uneventful day overall. RB Robert Turbin sat out practice for an undisclosed reason. Whatever kept him sidelined didn't appear to be anything serious. WR Percy Harvin continues to sit out with a hip flexor injury. G James Carpenter, DE Chris Clemons and DT Greg Scruggs all remain out recovering from knee injuries.
CB Tharold Simon and TE Zach Miller remain sidelined with foot injuries.
-- The return of T-Jack
After it was first reported by John Clayton of ESPN.com on Tuesday that QB Tarvaris Jackson was taking a visit to Seattle this week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that he is set to sign a one-year deal when he arrives in Seattle.
Per Jackson's twitter account, he said he'll be coming to town on Thursday. It's still unclear what the signing of Jackson will mean for QB Brady Quinn and QB Jerrod Johnson. An educated guess would be Quinn and Jackson will compete for the backup quarterback job behind Wilson with Johnson a step behind.
Outside of having the starter in place, it seems to mirror the quarterback situation last year with competition for the backup role and a fourth quarterback (in that case QB Josh Portis) on the outside looking in.
Seattle only kept two quarterbacks last season and could very well take the same approach this year.
A roster move will need to be made to make room for Jackson on Seattle's roster. They've already freed up his number, however, as S Ray Polk has switched from No. 7 to No. 38.