REDDICK STRIVES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
His roller-coaster career – brief as it has been – has been well-chronicled, all the way through the knee surgery that kept Haason Reddick out of training camp and the preseason. His status as a first-round pick is also well-documented.
But as the Cardinals try to fix their defense on the fly, Reddick’s improving performances – in both (snap) quantity and quality – are needed. “Haason is a guy we probably don’t talk about enough,” General Manager Steve Keim said during an interview on 98.7, Arizona’s Sports Station.
“I’m not trying to prove anything to anybody,” Reddick said. “There is nothing to prove to anybody other than myself. I want to prove to myself I belong here and that I can be one of the best at the position. I know I am far away from being one of the best, but I’m right there in terms of playing hard. I’ve still got some growing to do.”
Reddick, who didn’t start practicing fully until the regular season, played 48 of 84 defensive snaps in Week 1, 65 of 77 defensive snaps in Week 2 and then all 60 defensive snaps in Week 3. Coaches credited Reddick with 12 tackles – one for loss – and two passes defensed against Carolina.
“He made some plays last week,” defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said. “It wasn’t all perfect. He’s obviously productive because he’s talented. The more he plays linebacker, he’s going to play better and better for us. He has to be out there because, when we talk about tight ends and running backs, he’s one guy with the physical traits to cover those type of athletes. We have to continue to work on him getting better because he can be an asset for us.”
When the last comment is relayed to Reddick, it just reinforces to him how crucial his development remains for the Cardinals.
“I judge myself on a week-to-week basis because the goal is to get better every week,” Reddick said. “Last week was decent, but there are things I have to do better. I’m just trying to put together a perfect game, a game where someone would say, ‘Look how far this guy has really come.’ ”
ANDY LEE A LIKELY GAME-DAY DECISION
Kingsbury said the Cardinals were “still working through” the status of punter Andy Lee, who officially did not practice again Friday while he deals with a hip flexor. If Lee remains questionable, the Cardinals would have to promote practice-squad punter Ryan Winslow by Saturday for Winslow to be eligible to play Sunday.
Safety Charles Washington (shoulder), one of the Cards’ top special teamers, is also out. Joining Lee as questionable are defensive lineman Miles Brown (shoulder) and offensive lineman Lamont Gaillard (knee).
For the Seahawks, guard Ethan Pocic (back) is doubtful. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (back), defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson (hip), running back Rashaad Penny (hamstring) and cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hamstring) are all questionable.