Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/30/12

Russell Wilson isn’t the only rookie making some noise in Seattle.

J.R. Sweezy, a defensive tackle in college (North Carolina State) converted to playing guard in the Seattle offense, and so far has looked pretty good in the preseason.

"I couldn't be more pleased with J.R.," head coach Pete Carroll told the Daily Herald. "He is so far ahead of expectations that we can't even describe it at this point. He's started a couple of games and played really well in both of the ones that he's started.”

"... It's just a cool illustration of the work that [GM] John (Schneider) does. John says, 'We have a guy we want to look at.' So we sent Cable out to go work him out. John thought he was going to see really good stuff because he had all of the measurements. He knew about his background and the nature of J.R. is that he's a very, very tough kid. Cable worked him out and just came back raving about him. He was saying how good he could be if it ever came together."

While the coaches saw the potential of Sweezy as an NFL guard, the rookie is also looking at his transformation with confidence after admitting being a little lost at first.

"Every OTA, I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off," he said. "I didn't know what was going on. I was running down field on passes, I just didn't understand it, but through the coaching and the guys, I'm getting it."

"I didn't really have expectations," he said. "I just went into it and said, 'I'm going to go 100 miles-per-hour and do whatever they tell me to do,' and I guess they like it, so I'm going to keep doing it."

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