Don’t let the Seattle Seahawks’ recent history of overcoming slow starts lead you to believe this is just another typical stumble out of the gates. The team’s offensive vital signs through two games have never registered weaker during the Russell Wilson era. You pick the category — points, touchdowns, Total QBR, rushing yards, third-down conversion rate — and there’s a great chance the two-game stats have never been worse in five seasons with Wilson in the lineup.
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“It was like a track meet,” Walker recalled. “It was Marino, (Mark) Duper, me, Kenny, Al Toon — and we were all on a buzz.”
Gronkowski said that he’s doing everything he can to return, calling it “super hard” to not be able to join his teammates for games. He first injured his hamstring Aug. 15.
Norman does an excellent job in zone coverage because he’s good at maintaining leverage and playing off his help. It was clear that he trusted the others in Carolina’s secondary to do their job. Washington’s secondary, really its entire coverage, has been beset by communication and trust issues in the first two games. Expected help underneath from pass drops hasn’t always been there; safety help hasn’t always arrived.
So far Norman has been able to overcome other problems because of his ability to anticipate routes, stay balanced and break well — plus, he plays tight coverage. It’s enabled him to already strip two passes from receivers this season, in limited throws his way.
“Don’t make him be the guy that covers a man by himself,” former NFL safety Ryan Clark said. “But you do want him matched on [the top receiver] if he goes deep or runs certain routes. Josh is not a guy that should be in zero man coverage every play, but he’s talented enough and one of the top five corners in the league.”
If Peterson does need surgery, he’ll have to choose between two options. He could have his meniscus trimmed or removed, and possibly be back in a matter of weeks; that course of action could have him back on the field on Oct. 23 in Philadelphia, following the Vikings’ bye week. Given the potential of the Vikings’ 2016 season — and Peterson’s limited window to maximize his production and future earnings — the quicker fix might be an attractive option.