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September 12, 2012 at 6:03 AM

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Rookie report: Bruce Irvin with a quiet first step in the NFL

A look at how Seattle's rookie class performed in Week 1
(Editor's note: Snap counts taken from official scoring of Sunday's game, which appears to include plays later called back because of penalty.)

DE Bruce Irvin


First round, No. 15 overall

Played 35 of Seattle's 64 defensive snaps | Also on field for 6 special-teams plays
Irvin was credited with no tackles, and he didn't have a sack, though he did have one quarterback hit.


"Bruce played solid," coach Pete Carroll said. "Didn't get at the quarterback, but was around it. Played a lot of plays in this game and was a big part of the plan. We'll see him continue to get better."


MLB Bobby Wagner


Second round, No. 47 overall

Played 32 of Seattle's 64 defensive snaps | On field for 6 special-teams plays
credited with a solo tackle and two assists on defense, and also had a special-teams tackle. Wagner is the middle linebacker, but Seattle used its nickel and Bandit defenses so often Sunday he was only on the field for half of Seattle's defensive snaps. On Arizona's drive for the game-winning touchdown, he was on the field for only two of the 11 plays that series.

QB Russell Wilson


Third round, No. 75 overall

Played all 81 of Seattle's offensive snaps
The opinions of his performance vary greatly, which is not surprising considering how spirited the debate has been over his performance. One reader used the term "great" while another said he thought Seneca Wallace was traded a few years back and was surprised to see him out there. On the grading scale of recent Seahawks quarterbacks, Wilson's debut was markedly better than a Charlie Whitehurst performance, he came closer to a fourth-quarter comeback victory than Tarvaris Jackson ever did last season. That's kind of a backhanded compliment, though, as Wilson played a game that was well short of great. It was good for a rookie, however, if you compare his performance to the other four rookie quarterbacks in Week 1.


Player (Team)Comp.-AttYardsTD-INTQB ratingResultOpponent
Andrew Luck (Colts)
1st round (No. 1 overall)
23-453091-352.9Loss, 41-21at Chicago
Robert Griffin III (Washington)
1st round (No. 2)
19-263202-0139.9Win, 40-32at New Orleans
Ryan Tannehill (Miami)
1st round (No. 8)
20-362190-339Loss, 10-30at Texans
Brandon Weeden (Browns)
1st round (No. 22)
12-351180-45.1Loss, 17-16vs. Philadelphia
Russell Wilson (Seattle)
3rd round (No. 75)
18-341531-162.5Loss, 16-20at Cardinals


RB Robert Turbin


Fourth round, No. 106 overall

Played 8 of Seattle's 81 offensive snaps
After being listed as questionable, Marshawn Lynch started the game and carried 21 times, which left Turbin in the role of occasionally spelling him. He carried twice for 5 yards and also caught a pass for 2 yards. Carroll was asked Monday if he had expected to use Turbin more. "It was just the flow of the game," Carroll said. "He had a couple of opportunities, he missed a couple of looks that would've been nice to hit, but Marshawn felt really well."

DT Jaye Howard


Fourth round, No. 114 overall

Inactive. Seattle had seven defensive linemen available for the game.

LB Korey Toomer


Fifth round, No. 154 overall

Currently member of Seahawks practice squad

CB Jeremy Lane


Sixth round, No. 172 overall

Played on 10 special-teams plays
He's a staple of Seattle's kick-coverage units, and is a gunner opposite Ben Obomanu in punt coverage.

S Winston Guy


Sixth round, No. 181 overall

Played 8 of Seattle's 64 defensive snaps | Appeared on 5 special-teams plays
Guy was drafted as a safety, and he's stepped in immediately in the dime defense the Seahawks refer to as their Bandit package. That package features three down linemen -- Bruce Irvin, Chris Clemons and Jason Jones -- linebackers Leroy Hill and K.J. Wright and then Guy as a designated pass rusher.

G J.R. Sweezy


Seventh round, No. 225 overall

Played all 81 of Seattle's offensive snaps | Appeared on 10 special-teams plays
Sweezy was rushing the passer for North Carolina State this time last year, and on Sunday he was protecting one in the NFL. Sweezy had his hands full in his first NFL start in large part because his job was often to get his hands on Arizona's Darnell Dockett, who wears No. 90.

"He struggled a little bit," Carroll said of Sweezy. "It was hard on him. He had 90 all over him, and when he was targeting right he was fine, but he did have some problems, but it was the group communicating and working together with all the pressure that they brought, we need to do that a lot better, handle it much more effectively." John Moffitt -- last year's starter at right guard -- was inactive last week as he recovers from elbow surgery. He is expected to be available this week, but Carroll did not elaborate on his expected role for this week's game.

DE Greg Scruggs


Seventh round, No. 232 overall

Inactive. He did not practice last week because of a hamstring injured in the Seahawks' final exhibition game.


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