Three and Out: Seahawks

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Three quick hits on the Seattle Seahawks:

Sizing up Curry: The Seahawks have big plans for first-round choice Aaron Curry during the exhibition season. They know he'll start immediately at strongside linebacker. They will try him as a pass-rusher lining up at right defensive end. This means the Seahawks weren't exaggerating during minicamps when they expressed glee at the pass-rush potential Curry seemed to possess. They really think he can do more than dabble in that area. Expect Curry to get that opportunity when the Seahawks open their exhibition season Saturday night at San Diego.

Hasselbeck in harm's way: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck made it through what he described as an unusually arduous training camp. The back injury that sidelined him last season has not limited him all offseason. That is great news for the Seahawks, but the team still doesn't know how Hasselbeck's back will fare in a collision. That could change against the Chargers. Shawne Merriman and friends will have the advantage against a Seattle offensive line playing without left tackle Walter Jones. This line hasn't played together much. If Hasselbeck can take punishment without consequence, the Seahawks can feel better about his durability the rest of the way.

On the receiving end: Receivers Deion Branch and Nate Burleson are both coming off reconstructive knee surgeries. Branch suffered his injury in January 2008. Burleson suffered his eight months later. And yet Burleson seems to be closer to clearing the psychological hurdles associated with serious knee surgery. "You will never be back to normal once you have this type of procedure done," Branch said in June. Burleson has powered through training camp to this point, insisting he has not lost a step. For Branch, knee soreness led him to sit out three consecutive days earlier in camp.