A couple of quick notes to throw out there tonight. …
— First, to answer a couple of questions on Bryan Walters. He is definitely still practice squad eligible, thanks to the new rule that allows a team sign two practice squad players who have earned two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Seattle has used neither of those two spots, so it could sign Walters. So that could be something that happens in the next day or so. However, indications are that Walters is also looking at what else may be out there in terms of a spot on a 53-man roster. And it’s remembering that practice squad players come and go pretty frequently — the practice squad lineup you see today could look pretty different pretty quickly.
— Second, just in case the news earlier today didn’t make the point that Percy Harvin is back, and full go, here’s some of what Pete Carroll had to say about Harvin when he spoke via a conference call today with reports who cover the Packers: “Well, he’s an amazing football player and he’s an incredible competitor, which fits our mentality and our makeup of this team beautifully. We have really good fortune that Darrell Bevell coached him and kind of grew up with him at the Vikings, so he has good insight into what Percy’s good at and all of that, and hopefully we can benefit from that over the course of time. He’s a remarkable player and he’s just so explosive. We’re thrilled to see him – we’ve been seeing him now for a couple months through the offseason and all. He wows you every day. He’s a very, very special football player.”
— Finally, as noted, Carroll spoke to Green Bay reporters today, and in that conversation I thought he gave a pretty interesting overview of the team as it stands right now. Here’s what he said:
“We’re excited about the challenge. We had a really nice group last year, but every year brings you some tough decisions and all. We have to work our way through it. I think probably one of the bright ones is Justin Britt, a draft pick who’s worked really well with our guys all through the offseason and camp. He’s prepared to start this game, and we’re really proud of him that he’s made it through it and done a nice job. Probably the guy who stands out most on offense, we have Percy Harvin who hasn’t had an opportunity to practice with us very much, only a couple weeks with us last year. He’s been with us all throughout the offseason, and he’s ready to go. So he’s a regular for us, and that’s been a change. I think we’re probably also really thrilled about James Carpenter being back with us. James was a big draft pick for us a while back and he’s had a great offseason. He looks great, and he’s ready to play football for us. On the offensive side, that’s the big addition. Kevin Williams is going to help us on defense, coming over from the Vikings. You guys know him well. He’s a real nice pickup for us. He’s been a great guy with our young guys, and he’s about as tough as you can get. The rest of them is pretty much the same guys, so those are the guys who are the highlight guys right now.”