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The Seahawks went into Thursday's game against the Broncos without starting linebacker Bobby Wagner, starting rookie Brock Coyle in his stead.
The undrafted rookie stepped up in a major way, making up for Wagner's absence by leading the team in tackles with five solo and one assisted. Pete Carroll reigned in the excitement a bit but was mostly positive when speaking to reporters:
Brock did well. He made some good hits. I think his tackling will be a little more effective. He made his tackles, but I think he got caught a couple times. But he read really well, showed good burst, had five tackles and contributed on special teams well, had five or six snaps on special teams. That was a really encouraging game for him, really encouraging and we’re thrilled that he’s holding his own right now.
In the meantime, Mike Morgan played well as a backup a year after going undrafted himself. While he didn't light up the stat sheet, Morgan did a quality job of staying in his lanes, closing down space and covering well.
With the two young talents performing well, the Seahawks continue to show their talent for finding quality talent and have quality depth at the position.
Coach Carroll had this to say to the media about Morgan:
Mike’s having his best camp we’ve ever seen. This is the best we’ve ever seen of Mike. He’s healthy. He’s the strongest he’s ever been. I’ve got a lot of reservoir here. This is his best football he’s ever played and it’s really pleasing. He’s a huge factor on special teams for us. He can play three different spots on linebacker, playing nickel situations and all that, just a really versatile guy. By the time we get everybody back and healthy we’re going to be as strong as we’ve been, I think, at that spot.