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Seattle players Jesse Williams, Doug Baldwin and Frank Clark talked to the media after practice Thursday, Here are the transcripts of what they said:


On how it feels to be back on the field: “It feels good, man. I was running around moving around with the team. Today was the like the day I pretty much kept my mind the whole time after being in the hospital, first day back. That’s what was driving me. So yeah it was a big deal to get out there today.”

On how realistic it was to play football again: “I didn’t really feel it so much before. I think it felt really real when they took the catheter, that was probably the realest part. It definitely was a little bit of a shock, coming out and having cuts all over me and stuff like that. But I bounced back pretty quick. I ran out of there the day after and was moving around pretty good, so I’ve just tried to progress every day to get back to the field.”

On what he thought about his NFL career after having surgery: “I didn’t even really think about it. I try not to deviate my mind from the goals and the plan that I set already. The team believed in me and they gave me a chance. You know I had a pretty rough start already. Hopefully getting rid of the bad kidney got rid of a bit of the bad luck I had as well, so I’m looking forward to progressing and staying out there as best I can. I feel like I’m in good shape, I need to get in better shape to play, obviously get longer stuff like that. The strength’s there, I don’t think I lost any strength at all. Yeah, it’s going to be a tough little battle moving around and doing extra work, and staying later if that’s what it takes, and I’m ready to do it.”

On if he lost any weight: “No really I stayed pretty strict with what I was doing and I came back to training pretty quick, so I sort of really didn’t drop off at all. I mean my strength, like I said bounced back real quick, but the cardio and stuff like that takes a while, that’s the worst part.”

On the risk of playing football with one kidney: “I’m not really sure of the exact risks, I don’t ever really get smacked in the kidney too much. They are going to have me wear a pad and stuff when I’m out there hitting. I was glad enough I had two to start off with, so hopefully I’ll be better off with this one right now. The other one was pretty bad it was messing me up, so hopefully with this I’m a little wider and more agile without it.”

On any other cases of players trying to come back from cancer surgery: “Not that I know of, no. I haven’t done too much research into it. But yeah, one kidney, no kidney, I’m sure I’ll find a way to get back out there.”

On initial reaction after being diagnosed with cancer: “It was rough. It’s really dragged out, they trickle the information very slowly so it’s a tough process. I was actually out with my family when I got the call. Yeah, it’s not a nice call to get when you’re just hanging out. But yeah, I took 24 hours to do what I needed to do. Came back and you know I had work to do the next day so I had to hit the ground running.”

On how his cancer was discovered: “Yeah, I had no pain or anything like that for the first few days. I was urinating blood pretty regularly. I’m pretty sure there was no urine in it, it was just straight blood. But that was sort of the kickoff of the past couple months and then I soon as I found out I had some tests and stuff and it just sort of escalated from there.”

On when he first started having problems: “I’m not even sure to be honest, I try to forget about it pretty good. It was about a month to two months ago.”

On the support he has received: “Yeah, it definitely wasn’t the media post I was trying to get out there. But as much as it is with the media, if I don’t tell them what it is they’ll make it up, you know what I mean. So I just said, tell them everything and we’ll just go from there. The supports been great, the SCCA [Seattle Cancer Care Alliance], Fred Hutch [Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center], UW [University of Washington], everyone’s helped me through that, the Seahawks, everyone in Seattle that stops me or yells at me as I walk by, it means a lot to me, and my family as well when they were out here. It’s been good. Cancer is universal, you know what I mean, everyone knows someone. So I’m trying to turn this into a positive. Come back, do what I can, help out, and help as many people as I can along the way, you know what I mean.”

On keeping a positive attitude through the entire process: “It was at the start. One of the things I learned from [Nick] Saban at Alabama was the 24-hour rule. So win or lose, we had 24 hours to do what we needed to do, but then we had work on Monday so we just forget everything and get back to work. And I pretty much did that with everything I’ve had so far, cancer, knee injury, anything that comes up I’ve got 24 hours, I’ll deal with it and I’ll come back and I got work. I’m on a straight line right now and I try not deviate, too positive or too negative, I just stay and do my thing.”

On the health of his knees: “Yeah, it’s sort of a blessing in disguise. They kidney was sort of messing up my hormones a little bit so it was keeping the swelling around a lot, especially in my body. Now I’ve been recovering a lot quicker, my knees feel good, and obviously the rest and the anti-inflammatories I’m on I’m sure help them a little bit too.”

On continuing the process of coming back to play: “Yeah, it’s a very, very long process. I’m cleared to play football and all that sort of stuff. I can’t at the cellular and molecular level what’s happening in my body. I can only control my mindset and how I come out here and work, and that’s all I’m going to do. I’m going to come out here and do what I need to do, and show the coaches what I’m doing.”

On playing in next week’s preseason game: “Man, I’ll play tomorrow if they let me. I had my helmet and was strapped up out there today, and they’re only letting me run through individuals. But as soon as they give me the okay to go I don’t know if you’ll see any more people out there trying to hit someone as hard as me. As soon as they let me go I’m hitting the ground running.”


On his first camp: “First camp, it’s finally reality. We’re just out here competing, I’m out here doing my best job to fit in with the defense and provide the role that they need me to provide. I’m being the best player I can be for this team.”

On his comfort level: “Yes, I feel comfortable. Right now I’m playing a lot of three tech in the nickel package, and I’m playing the defensive end position as well, sort of playing the same role as Mike Bennett. I’m playing behind him in that role and just learning and picking up on things as best I can, and learning our defense, ourselves and basic defensive packages.”

On mentoring: “I lean on him a lot, he looks out for me a lot. He’s a guy that’s been in the league for a numerous amount of years, he has experience, he’s a great player, as well as Cliff Avril, Big [Brandon] Mebane, they teach me a lot of things, just the proper techniques of how to play NFL football. They always tell me a lot of the moves I used to use, you can’t use them anymore, because in the NFL, the quarterback is getting the ball out, they’re better quarterbacks, they’re better offensive linemen. So, I have to develop moves, I have to tweak moves so that they work fast so I can get to the quarterback faster.”

On playing with pads on: “Not really. I always thought of myself as a tough player, I’ve always thought of myself as a very physical player. I think the guys just come up and practice on perfect technique, I think that’s the biggest deal.”

On the pressure of being drafted: “It’s been great, I believe the fans, like I said before, you’re going to have some that like you and some that don’t. I’m just here to play football for the Seattle Seahawks and be the best player I can be for this team, for my coaching staff and for the fans that do support the Seattle Seahawks.”

On his inside pass rush experience: “Before this, not at all. This is my first time pass-rushing inside and it’s a big change, but it’s something I’ve accepted and I’ve accepted that role. I’m ready to go at it full speed. It’s just quicker. You’ve got offensive guards setting on you much faster when you’re three-technique, less time for the play to develop, but you’ve got to be able to work quick and think quicker, and like I said I’m very comfortable in that role, I’m ready to get to it.”

On his speed helping with inside pass: “It’s about even, like I said. You’ve just got to think much quicker when you’re on the inside because guys get up on you fast, guys like [J.R.] Sweezy, they get up on you fast and get those hands on you. You’ve got to know how to work and get them off of you. That’s the biggest thing, using my speed and quickness to avoid those guards more.”

On camp and where he feels his role is: “Coming from Sherm, this is my sixth day of camp. I feel like my role is wherever they want me to be. I’m a team player. I’m here to compete, I’m going to give my all everyday inside and outside of practice, and I’ll be the best that I can be for this organization.”


On what he wrote about training camp: “Consistency, this receiving corps like I said, is the best receiving corps I have ever been around. It’s not so much about the upper level talent or superstar names. These guys work hard. They are great at their craft and work hard at their craft. They come out here consistently every day and they work hard. Our receiving corps, you know we’re not going to put up amazing numbers because we are not a receiving team, we’re not a passing team. What our receiving corps does, are little things. We all play special teams, we all do the dirty blocking. So Marshawn (Lynch) can get his yards. These guys they epitomize that. They’ve taken responsibility of that and they don’t take it for granted. That’s what I mean by the best receiving corps I’ve ever been on.”

On leading the receiving group: “It is strange. It’s a little difficult at times because I still feel like a rookie myself. I am still young. I am only 26 years old. The process has been a trying one but I am trying to do that best I can. I am excited about the fact that I have great teammates that make it easy on me.”

On relationship with Tyler Lockett: “Phenomenal. He’s my rookie so he takes good care of me…Nah. He’s a phenomenal kid, hard worker. Like I said, and the camp knows he can be really special. Not only as a punt returner, but as a receiver on this team. He has the explosiveness, he’s got the speed, he’s got the savvy, and he has the work ethic. Naturally you just want to be close to someone like that because you know they can do anything they put their mind to.”

On his similarity to Lockett as a rookie: “He’s a lot better polished than I was as a rookie. His coaches at K [Kansas] State did a really nice job preparing him for the NFL. Obviously himself, he did a nice job preparing himself for the NFL. He’s doing a fantastic job out here. Really good chemistry with Russell (Wilson) and other quarterbacks and just making plays when he has the opportunity to do so. Obviously he is going to be really special for us on special teams.”

On what he gets out of being on social media: “I control the message. A lot of the media, they like to control the message. They like to control the message sometimes. They like to put their inserts into it. So the posts can’t get misconstrued if I post it myself.”

On if more players will start posting themselves: “It’s your guys’ fault. Just being honest…nah. I think the players want to be connected with the fans more. They want that one-on-one conversation. They want that one-on-one relationship. So again, things can’t get misconstrued, you can’t get misquoted. It’s going to be real and honest just from the source. I think that’s why it’s leaning more towards that way.”

On specific things done in camp that shows this is a good group: “The consistency, more so than anything. Usually you have a rollercoaster effect in the receivers. One day they will be really good and the next day they will be subpar, and then it continues with the rollercoaster effect. But since I’ve been out here with these guys it’s been an uphill trend the entire time I’ve been here. I should say, an increasing trend, since I’ve been here. That is something I haven’t seen in the past four years. With those guys they push me to be better, they push each other to be better and they make our defense better as well.”

On what his position means to the team: “As long as we’re winning. I think we take that to heart in our room. On our board it says: No job too little, not job too great. We know that sometimes we won’t get the glory, we won’t get the yards, and we won’t get the touchdowns. We are going to do anything in our power to make the team win, if that means blocking on the sweep play so Marshawn (Lynch) could get outside. Or if that means going out and covering the kick off or blocking off a punt return so Tyler Lockett could go score a touchdown. That’s our job and that’s what’s important to us.”

On what he is learning: “Specifically, being a better leader in our room, being a better teammate, being a better football player all the way around. Being more creative with my routes within the concept of the game plan. I have a tendency to get out of the framework of the game plan because they’ve given me a little freedom in terms of my route runner. Compacting my route running to the frame of the offense is something I am learning.”

On Percy Harvin’s comments: “Honestly, I didn’t know he felt that way. I thought we had squashed it before he left. I’ve got no hard feelings for him. I wish him the best in Buffalo.”

On how many catches Lockett has compared to him: “I don’t know, it’s a tough a competition right now at the receiver position. I know he is fighting for not only special teams reps but for offense reps as well. I think he is going to fit in nicely. What we’re trying to do on the offensive end, he is going to get his opportunity. I don’t know how many opportunities there are to go around but he’s definitely going to get his opportunity.”