Head West: A Glance Around the Day's News in the NFC West (8/7)

Ron Clements@Ron_ClementsCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2012

Can Terrell Owens walk his way back to NFL success?
Can Terrell Owens walk his way back to NFL success?Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The biggest news out of the NFC West on Monday was the official announcement that 38-year-old wide receiver Terrell Owens signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

Owens worked out for the Hawks earlier in the day and reportedly ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. More on this later.

Other news notes around the division include the Arizona Cardinals putting Sunday night’s loss behind them as they prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs; Danario Alexander trying to get healthy in St. Louis; the Rams’ secondary is healing up; Mike Singletary coming back to Candlestick; Delanie Walker’s new role; and Calais Campbell philanthropy.

Beginning in Seattle, where Owens’ signing (via terrellowens.com) was the news of the day, and still is. Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com thinks Pete Carroll is the perfect coach for Owens, who will compete for a starting job. Owens’ sub-4.5 40 definitely got people talking. TO is definitely glad to be back in the NFL.



God is good. Thankful. Grateful. To ALL my new teammates & the "12th Man"... Let's Do This!!

— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) August 7, 2012


Carroll has a plethora of pass catchers. Now he needs to figure out his quarterback triangle. Tarvaris Jackson got most of the reps in Sunday’s scrimmage (The Seattle Times) with Matt Flynn, completing a 36-yard pass on his first attempt. That’s the kind of explosive production coaches love. Rookie Russell Wilson completed 9-of-15 pass attempts.

The Arizona Cardinals also have a heated quarterback competition. It’s one that didn’t get any easier despite Kevin Kolb’s terrible performance in the Hall of Fame Game.

Kolb and the Cardinals want to put that loss behind them and focus on Friday night’s game at Kansas City.

Off the field, the Arizona Republic News’ Tariq Lee wrote about defensive end Calais Campbell and his latest charitable venture.


The San Francisco 49ers have a pair of defensive backs with connections to the Olympics.

Tarell Brown has a close friendship with United States sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross, who won gold in the 200-meter dash. Safety Cory Nelms was excused from practice on Monday to watch his girlfriend, T’erea Brown, compete in the 400-meter hurdles.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News also reported that Michael Crabtree practiced for the first time since July 27, but did just individual work.

The 49ers will see a familiar face on Friday when former coach Mike Singletary returns with the Minnesota Vikings for the preseason opener. Singletary is now the linebackers coach in Minnesota. The 49ers are looking forward to facing somebody other than themselves.

Friday will be a time for Randy Moss to showcase what he can do in a game and could begin to sort out the logjam the Niners have at receiver. It will also be the unveiling of tight end Delanie Walker’s new, more versatile, role.


The St. Louis Rams returned to the practice field on Monday following a day off.

Out there for the first time working in 11-on-11 team drills was wide receiver Danario Alexander. The former Missouri standout wants to prove that he can stay healthy. He’s off to a late start as a nagging hamstring injury has forced him to miss a lot of team drills so far.

Center Scott Wells has yet to practice at all because of a minor knee surgery in May, but coach Jeff Fisher told reporters on Monday that Wells “will be able to participate at some point in the preseason.” (per St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

Even with Wells out, Alexander finally coming back and left tackle Rodger Saffold nursing a minor groin pull, the Rams’ secondary is finally starting to get healthy. Many of the players were given days off last week, and for Saturday’s scrimmage, to rest some sore legs and hamstrings.

All were back out at practice on Monday and cornerback Bradley Fletcher was working with the starters. That’s a good sign for a guy who’s suffered season-ending knee injuries each of the last two years.