(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated.) By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer Outside of his daily assignment of carrying in the shoulder pads and helmets of his veteran teammates, Seattle's Bobby Wagner doesn't feel much like a rookie.
He certainly isn't being treated like a rookie on the practice field or in the meeting rooms, where he is being given first shot at taking over the starting middle linebacker position.
Finding a replacement in the middle of Seattle's rapidly improving defense was an offseason priority after David Hawthorne signed a free agent deal with New Orleans. Instead of making a splash in free agency, the Seahawks opted to try to fill the spot through the draft, taking Wagner in the second round out of Utah State.
He hasn't won the job yet as coach Pete Carroll wants to see Wagner in game action first.