- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
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- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
> A massive tight end (6'7", 260 pounds) picked in the first round of the 2002 draft, JERRAMY STEVENS has suffered from a lack of focus and caught only six passes for 72 yards last year. But he was a regular in the weight room during the off-season and turned heads with his stellar performance in training camp, unseating Itula Mili as the starter.
ENEMY LINES An opposing scout's view
They're really going to be formidable. [General manager] Bob Ferguson has a great eye for talent, and he has really improved this team.... Matt Hasselbeck has two things going for him: He processes information and he responds very well to what the coach wants done.... Shaun Alexander is a tough back with great vision and good power off tackle; he makes quick cuts with a burst. Mack Strong, the fullback, is aptly named.... The guy who makes that offense go is Koren Robinson. He makes the other receivers better and frees them up to do other things.... There are no Jonathan Ogdens on that offensive line, but it's a group that works well together--a glove where all the fingers fit.... The defense that [coordinator] Ray Rhodes likes to run is about instincts and hustle, and players love that. His defenders don't make mistakes, and they play at a fast tempo.... Marcus Trufant is already good and should make a huge jump this year. The other cornerback, Ken Lucas, needs to play at a higher level for them to be successful. Ken Hamlin, the young safety, is a freelancer, a reckless player.
" Shaun Alexander is a tough back with great vision, and he makes cuts with a quick burst."
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2003 statistics
2003 RECORD: 10-6
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total):