By Eric D. Williams The News Tribune
RENTON — Seattle Seahawks new tight end Evan Moore made his first appearance at practice on Monday, and looked pretty explosive while getting some snaps in with the first unit.
Moore is wearing No. 82, the same number Kellen Winslow Jr. wore while he was with Seattle.
The Seahawks surprisingly parted ways with Winslow during final roster cuts in an apparent cost-cutting move.
Moore said he flew into Seattle Sunday morning and has been working to learn the playbook. So he’s ready to play this week against Arizona.
“I went through camp, just like all of these guys did,” said Moore, who was released by Cleveland during final roster cuts last week. “So I’m ready to go. Considering these guys just went through camp together, I’m kind of a new guy. You almost feel like a rookie. You walk into the building, and everybody’s looking at you like ‘Who’s this guy?’
“There is a learning curve. But fortunately there’s a lot of translation between what we did in Cleveland and what we’re doing here — both terminology and schematically in X’s and O’s and all of that.”
Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said that Moore will not necessarily be a replacement for the departed Winslow, and that fellow tight ends Zach Miller and Anthony McCoy also will be involved in helping to fill that role.
“I think we’ll use all the guys,” Bevell said. “With Zach and Anthony, and then throughout this week will continue to find out exactly what Evan will bring for us, and then we’ll fit him in accordingly.”
Bevell also echoed Carroll’s sentiment that McCoy has made a leap in his development during training camp.
“He’s done a great job,” Bevell said about McCoy. “He’s really showed up in the preseason, made the big plays when he had the opportunity to make them. And that’s all we’re asking guys to do, is just do their job, make their plays. They don’t have to make anything special. And I think you’ve seen him do that and become a more consistent player.”
The Seahawks made some changes to the practice squad. University of Washington product Jermaine Kearse was added to the practice squad, and tight end Sean McGrath was released. Kearse joins fellow receiver Ricardo Lockette, offensive linemen Rishaw Johnson and Edawn Coughman, quarterback Josh Portis, safety DeShawn Shead and linebackers Korey Toomer and Allen Bradford. … Running back Vai Taua, tight end Cameron Morrah, defensive end Dexter Davis and linebackers Jameson Konz and Matt McCoy have been placed on the team’s injured reserve list. And cornerback Walter Thurmond (leg) remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.