It seems that with each passing day of training camp, the spotlight shines on a new story.
And though there are plenty of personality types on the field for Seahawks training camp this week, we already know that few of them are happier to tell their story than Cory Redding, as Sullivan detailed in the previous post. But what we don't know yet about Redding is how talented he is on the field, as we have yet to see him suit up in Seahawks blue against a team other than his own.
Patrick Kerney has a pretty good idea of how that scene is going to play out, though.
"You got a little preview today in pass rush just how violent a guy he is," Kerney said Tuesday afternoon at the conclusion (of camp.) "It's going to serve us well."
Kerney and Redding had a chance to catch up with Clare Farnsworth yesterday to talk about the aforementioned violent tendencies, as well as how the pair of defensive ends will pose a formidable dual threat on the outside this season.
Because of Redding's bigger size and younger age, he'll be taking over at left end this year -- Kerney's previous spot. For that reason, and because he again had surgery on the same shoulder that's been giving him trouble for the past three seasons, Kerney will be shifting to right end. This is both good and bad for the veteran, because while it means he'll be using his relentless brand of aggression to terrorize the QB's blind side, he'll have to get through the armor of strong left tackles. This is no small task, even for an 11-year veteran in the league, but Kerney doesn't seem too worried about it.
"It's more of a challenge, as far as the tackles you're seeing," he said. "But it will be good. It'll be more of a wide-open position being over on the right. I'll get a lot more one-on-one matchups and away from the chips and slides and stuff like that."
And Kerney isn't worried in the slightest about his former position being taken on by someone in his first year with the team. Redding is a former Pro Bowler in Detroit and couldn't be happier to find himself on a team where talent runs deep. (And considering Lions' coach Jim Schwartz responded bluntly with "talent" when asked recently about what his team has been lacking, maybe his escape was well-timed.) Redding has been quoted more than once as saying "it feels like I've been drafted all over again" in regards to coming to Seattle. His friendship with Kerney has also made for a few laughs.
"He's Riggs, I'm Murtaugh," Redding said, referencing the Mel Gibson and Danny Glover characters in the "Lethal Weapon" movies.
Though they aren't cops, Kerney and Redding look to be running down plenty of runaway suspects this year -- anyone wearing a different uniform than their own.