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Where Michael Bennett ranks among the NFL's top defensive linemen

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Michael Bennett lines up at defensive end in the Seahawks' base package and moves inside in nickel. Greg A. Bedard of Sports Illustrated has Bennett ranked as the No. 5 edge defender in the NFL:

Bennett’s 25.5 sacks in the three seasons since he left the Buccaneers for the Seahawks won’t blow anyone away, but if there’s a poster child for the misleading nature of that statistic, it would be Bennett. He is a disrupter, pure and simple. Whether he is making a guard miss by jumping to the outside with his exceptional feet or quickly dipping inside a tackle, Bennett has rare athletic ability for his spot on the defensive line. According to PFF, Bennett is second to only J.J. Watt in total quarterback pressures (292) over the past four seasons. He also happens to be elite at stopping the run as well.


Rob Rang of CBSSports.com writes about Seahawks rookie Rees Odhiambo:

At 6-foot-4, 314 pounds, Odhiambo possesses good size for the position, including 33 and 1/4-inch arms. He possesses light feet and body control for blocking in space -- a requirement in Tom Cable's zone-blocking scheme. Ifedi possesses the length, agility and experience outside to potentially allow him to slide back to right tackle in the NFL, should that be the direction Cable wants him to go. Odhiambo, on the other hand, is a pure guard with the square frame, strength and aggression to project best in the closer quarters of playing inside.


Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times caught up with wide receiver Paul Richardson:

The hamstring injury occurred on a wet, cold Sunday night, and he said in the future he will make sure his body is as prepared as possible for any conditions.

“I just think the timing of it, when I went in for that play, the climate mixed with me just coming off the sideline wasn’t good timing,” he said.

“I’ve just got to be smart. If I feel something, just don’t ignore it. Got to attack it when I feel it. Or before anything happens, just be on top of it. That’s more or less what I am doing now — more strength and more body and core conditioning and making sure my body is intact."