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Morgan getting high praise from Carroll

RENTON, Wash. -- Linebacker Mike Morgan begins his fourth season with the Seahawks as a productive backup, but he's been a little bit in the shadows.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll thinks that may be about to change.

“This is his best football he’s ever played,” Carroll said of Morgan. It’s really pleasing to see. He’s a huge factor on special teams for us. He can play three different spots on linebacker, playing nickel situations and all that. He’s just a really versatile guy. He is kind of quietly doing a great job. That’s really what’s happening.”

Morgan (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) was an undrafted free agent who played for Carroll at USC. He's getting a lot of reps with the starters in training camp while linebackers Bruce Irvin (hip) and Malcolm Smith (ankle) continue rehabbing offseason surgeries.

“He’s just taking over for Bruce [at the SAM linebacker spot] and has done a great job,” Carroll said of Morgan. “By the time we get everybody back and healthy, we’re going to be as strong as we’ve been, I think, at that spot.”