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Pete Carroll: Tedric Thompson, Jacob Martin standing out on Seahawks’ D

Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson has impressed in camp with his play-making ability. (AP)

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll joined Brock and Salk on 710 ESPN Seattle two days ahead of their preseason opener against Indianapolis.

You can hear a clip of Carroll’s interview attached or at this link, or find the entire segment in this podcast of Tuesday’s show.

Below are a few highlights on the team’s defense from Carroll’s sit down with Brock and Salk at Seahawks headquarters in Renton. You can also read about Carroll’s more offensive-focused quotes in this post.

T2: Training camp standout

“(Second-year safety Tedric Thompson) has just made more plays and he has been really aggressive in the throwing game and in the running game. He’ll find what he can do and what he can’t do, and I’m asking him now to go for it – at all times. Go for every read, every look you have. Find out really where are the boundaries here for what you can go for. He’s really instinctive and he’s acting on that. We’re trying to free him up and not be inhibited and not be kind of cautious and careful. … He has had more plays than all of the rest of the guys combined, probably.”

The line of scrimmage

“We have enough to really fire at from the line of scrimmage. Bobby (Wagner) and K.J. (Wright) set that in motion (at linebacker), but those guys up front are always crucial. (At defensive tackle, Jarran) Reed in the middle starts it, but what you’re gonna see here, Shamar Stephens can do some really cool stuff, Tom Johnson’s gonna do some good stuff, Quinton Jefferson’s had a really good camp so far.”

Defensive end

“The guy that has really been important to us is Jacob Martin. He has really come flying. That’s a guy, he and Barkevious Mingo, too – both those guys fly. Those are the guys with Frank (Clark), and if we can get good production from Marcus Smith, too, then we have a real nice rotation.”

The new leader on defense without Earl, Kam and Richard

“(Bobby Wagner) has always been in front of everybody. He’s always been the guy that’s making the calls and leading the charge, so it’s always been a natural position for him. He’s always been a leader here, even in his first year. Now he can sense that is his role to fill and he’s totally embraced it.”

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