Pete Carroll praises Shaquem Griffin after first preseason game

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Seahawks rookie Shaquem Griffin led the team with nine tackles in Thursday night’s preseason debut, and coach Pete Carroll liked what he saw.

Carroll said he’d need time to study the film to give Griffin a full grade, but there’s no doubt that Griffin is one of the more exciting players on the roster right now.

I am really fired up about it,” Carroll said. “This is what he looks like in practice. He’s running around. He’s really fast. By understanding the scheme, he’s utilizing his opportunities to be on the attack. He’s a weapon in that regard. We have to see how accurate he was, if he was right if he was guessing a little bit, and how he hit it. We’re really fired up. He was involved in nine or 10 tackles in his first time out. That’s pretty good. He played quite a bit. He played a lot in the middle portion of this game, so we’ll get some really good looks.”

Griffin is on the second-string defense, so he did not play with his brother, starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who was pulled from the game after the first series. But Shaquem began playing in the second series and got a lot of playing time afterward.

Griffin, whose left hand was amputated when he was 4 years old, was one of the most inspiring players in this year’s NFL draft. He said after the game that he liked hitting opponents full-speed on the field, which he’s not always allowed to do in practice.

“It felt good to kind of get out there and get your feet wet and kind of get some hits in,” he said. “I know [with] the way the league works you don’t really get a chance to really tackle much. So to kind of get out there and get a few tackles in and hit people as hard as you can kind of felt good to hit other people today.”

24 responses to “Pete Carroll praises Shaquem Griffin after first preseason game

  1. The young man was clearly talented,strong and fast and motivated enough to play in the NFL. And come the Draft, there he sat.

  2. Penny-pinching Mode thought that they stole Rashad Penny when they took him in the first round, even though he was projected to go in a later round by draft analysts. Penny rushed for less than 2 yards per carry. Unless he improves, drafting him so early looks like a dumb move. Getting great stats against weak opponents in a small school does not make him a great prospect in the NFL.

  3. This dude is an inspiration (and a beast)! Instantly one of my favorite players in the league already…

  4. Love this kid. He’s the anti-Bennett/Sherman.
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    Sherm was great. Until he wasn’t.

    Shame he went out the way he did. He was easily one of the best Seahawks ever, but he won’t be remembered that way.

  5. omeimontis says:
    Penny-pinching Mode thought that they stole Rashad Penny when they took him in the first round, even though he was projected to go in a later round by draft analysts. Penny rushed for less than 2 yards per carry. Unless he improves, drafting him so early looks like a dumb move. Getting great stats against weak opponents in a small school does not make him a great prospect in the NFL.
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    he was playing behind the 2nd-3rd team OL and had no room yet he still made some great runs in traffic.

  6. seahawkboymike says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:28 am

    he was playing behind the 2nd-3rd team OL and had no room yet he still made some great runs in traffic
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    He was also playing against a 2nd and 3rd line defense. So, not only does Seattle’s Oline starters stink, but the depth is no better. YIKES! Scary times lie ahead for wilson and penny.

  7. patswinners says:
    August 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    seahawkboymike says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:28 am

    he was playing behind the 2nd-3rd team OL and had no room yet he still made some great runs in traffic
    *****************

    He was also playing against a 2nd and 3rd line defense. So, not only does Seattle’s Oline starters stink, but the depth is no better. YIKES! Scary times lie ahead for wilson and penny.
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    Rashard Penny was also the one who was pass blocking and gave Russell Wilson that little extra time to roll out and find Nick Vannette in the end zone…. and they said Penny can’t protect. So there was that…

  8. Super easy fix that they won’t do but should: Sign Incognito and drop him in at left guard. Let Pocic play right tackle. Ifedi can back up at right guard in case Fluker’s knee flares up.

  9. thefox61 says:
    August 10, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    patswinners says:
    August 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    seahawkboymike says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:28 am

    he was playing behind the 2nd-3rd team OL and had no room yet he still made some great runs in traffic
    *****************

    He was also playing against a 2nd and 3rd line defense. So, not only does Seattle’s Oline starters stink, but the depth is no better. YIKES! Scary times lie ahead for wilson and penny.
    ••••••••••••••••••••
    Rashard Penny was also the one who was pass blocking and gave Russell Wilson that little extra time to roll out and find Nick Vannette in the end zone…. and they said Penny can’t protect. So there was that…
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    Hey that’s great, they should move him to Oline.

  10. Shaquem looks the part of a playmaker but the guy who popped off the screen Rasheem Green.

    He has such burst and was not only getting sacks but blowing up run game.

  11. Hey, briang123, same here! (Bilateral BKA myself.) I couldn’t agree more. Shaquem is an inspiration because he’s earning his spot on the 53 man roster in spite of his situation. No bias. No favors. Just hard work. Go Hawks!

  12. Would it be funny if Penny-pinching Mode will not extend Shaquille after his rookie contract expires, but they want to turn Shaquem into a cornerback instead.

  13. Hawks were 3 botched FGs from 12 wins last year despite:

    – Sherman being out almost the entire year
    – Avril being out almost the entire year
    – Chandler being out almost the entire year
    – LT Fant being out the entire year
    – RB Carson out almost the entire year
    – WR/KR Locket playing at 75% due to broken leg previous year
    – ET out two games

    But they’ll only win 4 games this year because of Sherman / Chancellor losses.

    Keep trying.

    Playoffs, again, and maybe deep into them.

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