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Around the NFC West: Wallace can throw, catch

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks expect backup quarterback Seneca Wallace to work at receiver in Week 2. I indicated Wednesday that the free-agent signings of Samie Parker and Billy McMullen suggested Wallace might not move to receiver. Well, Wallace is going to help at receiver, if only for the short term. The team still views Wallace as a quarterback -- Wallace is even wearing the red non-contact jersey reserved for QBs -- but the versatile backup passer will certainly get reps at receiver in the short term.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times revisits Wallace's multidimensional past at Sacramento City College and other stops.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks are scrambling to find injury replacements for fallen starters on offense.

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with new Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, who draws inspiration from his late father.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says Mike Holmgren wasn't kidding when he warned players that jobs aren't safe in the NFL. Holmgren: "It's really hard on the players. But you're competing ... it's not civil service."

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers assesses what went wrong with Alex Smith in San Francisco. There is plenty of blame to go around.
Also from Maiocco: Smith's big game against Seattle in 2006 did not foreshadow long-term success.

And this: Notes on new 49ers quarterback Jamie Martin and outgoing Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee revisits another of Smith's performances at Seattle, this one underscoring how "bizarre and dysfunctional" things had become.

Also from Barrows: Martin and 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz were together in 1993.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says 49ers coach Mike Nolan was "short on details and sentiment" in announcing Smith's placement on injured reserve.

Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News blames the 49ers for mishandling Smith as the team placed its former No. 1 draft choice on IR. Killion: "It's a sad ending to a pathetic story that pretty much sums up the 49ers' ineptitude under coach Mike Nolan."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic compares the Cardinals' pass rushers to baseball relief pitchers. Both are important for closing out games.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune looks at the Cardinals' improved depth on defense. He leads with a note on Calais Campbell.

Also from Tulumello: Arizona looks for its first 2-0 start since 1991.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the future is now for the Rams' young receivers. Veteran starter Drew Bennett is on crutches after breaking a bone in his foot.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Rams quarterback Marc Bulger, who is looking to move past a 38-3 defeat in the opener.

Bill Coats of Around the Horns says Rams rookie receiver Donnie Avery had to watch another rookie, the Eagles' DeSean Jackson, shine during the opener while Avery rested an injury. Also, Chris Long is playing at left defensive end while Leonard Little recovers from a hamstring injury. James Hall is at right end.