Pete Carroll: Kam Chancellor in ‘rare form’ at practice
Pete Carroll is pretty happy to have Kam Chancellor back with the Seattle Seahawks.
After Chancellor ended his 54–day contract holdout on Wednesday, Carroll confirmed on the radio Friday that the the safety will play this week against the Chicago Bears. He said Chancellor arrived to camp this week in shape and prepared.
“He’s looked like he’s in just rare form,” Carroll said during his weekly radio show on KIRO Radio 97.3. “He’s been working out really hard, he’s really lean and ready to go. He was anticipating coming back with the thought that he worked out really hard to get here so he looked great both days, the hard days of the week. So he looks like he’s going to be able to play some football and we are looking forward to that.”
Carroll added that the team will watch Chancellor carefully and ease him into full snaps, as he hasn't played in live situations since the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. He expected Chancellor to ease back in just fine, adding that the Seahawks defense had been built around Chancellor and he understands the scheme as well as anyone on the team.
“We’ll have to see how his timing is, making his tackles and making his hits and fits in the running game and all that kind of stuff,” Carroll said. “He knows where he is supposed to go but the practice is important — there is something to that. Some guys can handle it a little better than others (not having practice much) and I think Kam is one of those guys. He may be be a little bit rusty and we’ll try to protect him and make sure he doesn’t play too much.”
- Jeremy Woo