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Seahawks show great respect for Andrew Luck - Oct. 3, 2013

Seahawks show great respect for Andrew Luck - Oct. 3, 2013

Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks rashes against the Houston Texans on September 29, 2013 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks certainly understand the abilities of Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck.

CB Richard Sherman and WR Doug Baldwin both played with Luck at Stanford and know how special he is as a quarterback. They have no intention of looking past Luck and the Colts this weekend because they understand the type of player he can be.

"I’m on the record as saying that I believe that Andrew Luck can be the greatest quarterback to ever played the game of football," Baldwin said.

It's a sentiment shared by Sherman, who played with Luck on offense as a receiver and against him as a cornerback during his time at Stanford.

"I heard Doug Baldwin say (Luck)’s going to be one of the best ever and I would have to agree with him there. We’ve seen him develop, we’ve seen his first couple of years at Stanford when he was a freshman, and he probably could have started for some NFL teams then as a freshman. He’s a great quarterback."

Sherman said it didn't take long for them to realize how good Luck was going to be. As a freshman, Luck was able to carve up Stanford's defense while leading the scout team.

"They let the quarterbacks who aren’t starting or that are redshirting do the scout team, and he use to destroy us on scout team," Sherman said. "We would think ‘why do y’all have us going against this dude, why don’t y’all play him. You see how he’s doing us and we’re the starting defense.'"

Baldwin worked with Luck more closely as a receiver for two years. He praised just about every aspect possible when it comes to Luck's ability to play the position.

"Andrew has everything that you want in a quarterback – both a pocket passer and a guy who is able to make plays on the run with his legs," Baldwin said. "He’s smart, highly intelligent. I’ve seen him do some unbelievable things that I still can’t believe that a quarterback was able to do in practice at Stanford and obviously in games. I have tremendous respect for that guy."

Luck's ability isn't lost on QB Russell Wilson either.

"I think the thing about Andrew that I like about him the most is he always seems to be clutch, he always seems to be on time with the football, he’s a great leader it appears," Wilson said. "I think that’s what I like about him most and also he’s a big guy, but he can still run a little bit. So he’s active, he’s still athletic, he can still make some plays. I think that’s the best part about him."

Luck has the Colts at 3-1 and helped lead them to a decisive victory in San Francisco against the 49ers in Week 3. Luck led Indianapolis to the playoffs last season after going 2-14 in 2011 to earn the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

In order for Seattle to remain perfect on the season, they will have to find a way to keep Luck in check. The Seahawks know it may not be that simple to accomplish.

Introducing B.J. Daniels

The Seahawks added a third quarterback to their roster on Wednesday with the claiming of QB B.J. Daniels off waivers from San Francisco.

Daniels was a seventh-round draft pick of the 49ers and was released by the team on Tuesday. Head coach Jim Harbaugh had indicated a desire to get Daniels back on their practice squad, but Seattle didn't allow that to happen by grabbing him off the waiver wire.

Daniels said Seattle was among the teams to show interest in him prior to the NFL Draft and it was a place he thought he could end up before the 49ers selected him.

"That's not something I can honestly pay attention to right now," Daniels said. "This is my new home. This is my new team and whatever I can do to help out Seattle is what I'm going to try to do."

At a listed 5-foot-11 and 217 pounds, Daniels is very similar in stature to starting QB Russell Wilson. He said the playbook is similar to what he's used to, though some terminology is different.

Daniels said he believes the thought he, or any player joining a new team, can provide significant insight into another team's playbook is "overblown" and that Seattle's decision to bring him in wasn't just to stir the rivalry with the 49ers.

"All throughout my draft process I've had Seattle come and work me out as a private workout," Daniels said. "This is one of the places I actually thought I was potentially going to get drafted to and I guess it just worked out."

Injury Notes:

A surprise addition to the injury report on Thursday as TE Zach Miller was held out of practice with a hamstring injury.

Miller practiced on Wednesday and was a new addition to Thursday's report.

CB Walter Thurmond was also new to the report. He was listed as being limited with a shoulder injury.

S Jeron Johnson was a full participant after being limited on Wednesday. DT Brandon Mebane, DE Chris Clemons and RB Marshawn Lynch were all back to full participation after being held out on Wednesday.

Roster Moves:

After released LB John Lotulelei from the roster on Wednesday to add Daniels off waivers, the Jacksonville Jaguars subsequently claimed Lotulelei off waiver on Thursday.

The Jaguars released fromer Seattle LB Kyle Knox to add Lotulelei to their roster.

Injury Report:

Indianapolis Colts

Did Not Participate

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck)
FB Stanley Havili (ankle)
DT Ricky Jean-Francois (groin)
S LaRon Landry (ankle)
LB Bjoern Werner (foot)
CB Vontae Davis (foot)
G Hugh Thornton (shoulder)
S Joe Lefeged (non-injury)

Full Participation

S Delano Howell (toe)

Seattle Seahawks

Did Not Participate

FB Spencer Ware (ankle)
T Breno Giacomini (knee)
CB Jeremy Lane (hamstring)
TE Zach Miller (hamstring)

Limited Participation

C Max Unger (arm)
CB Walter Thurmond (shoulder)

Full Participation

LB K.J. Wright (shoulder)
DE Michael Bennett (back)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
DT Brandon Mebane (knee)
DE Chris Clemons (non-injury)
RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)

 

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