Seahawks LB Ricky Foley has yet to have a truly remarkable play this preseason, but he did get in on one tackle against the Packers on Saturday night.
It might not have been the most exciting debut of all time, but Seahawks LB Ricky Foley still accomplished what he wanted in his first NFL game. He got on the stat sheet with a tackle, and got his first taste of live action.
Foley hopes to build on his performance next week against the Packers, and is working hard with Seattle defensive line coach Dan Quinn to improve.
Qwest Field was the apple of Foley’s eye, and his chances of playing there in the regular season might have improved a tad as defensive end Lawrence Jackson was traded by the Seahawks to the Lions on Wednesday. Foley backs up Jackson at the “Leo” pass-rushing spot, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and he now should have more of an opportunity to flash in that role.
Check out the full Foley interview below:
Going into the preseason opener, Ricky Foley was focused on being on the first kickoff team and making the first tackle of the season. Well, Foley didn’t register the first tackle of the season for the Seahawks, but he did make good on his hopes to make a tackle on a kickoff return.
Was that enough to do himself any favors in his quest to make the Seahawks’ 53-man roster? See his first preseason game for yourself.
Seahawks linebacker/defensive end Ricky Foley checked in with this blog before his first preseason game Saturday against visiting Tennessee:
So I walk out of chapel and into our facilities player parking lot after handling a few last-minute things and the power is out in the neighborhood. The lot is pretty much empty and the only light is the moon bouncing off Lake Washington’s waves just a few meters away.
And it hits me, I’m about to play in my first NFL game. Training camp has been up and down to say the least. I learned quickly that playing through my pulled hip flexor and groin was a better idea than taking any practices off. Bubble guys seem to not be around too long after a day or two of missed practice. For a guy who was brought in for his explosion and effort off the ball, a pulled hip flexor and groin accompanied by two “crater” blisters (as described by our medical staff) on each big toe, pretty much has had me looking like the complete opposite for the better part of our first week.
Fortunately, I was able to still make a few big plays on a forced fumble strip and interception for what would have been a pick 6 — the latter of which was rewarded as “play of the day.” The good news, as pointed out to me by special teams Coach Jeff Ulbrich (who also performed a highly unusual and painful, but also highly effective taping method on my blisters) is that “All that matters now is the game.”
He could tell I was disappointed in my performance so far during camp and used the reasoning that had I had the best camp of my life but [wet] the bed come Saturday night vs. Tennessee, nothing during the previous week would matter … and vice versa.
Going out to Qwest Field and balling out could also make the rest of camp a thing of the past. All I know is I hope so bad right now we win that coin toss and coach [Pete] Carroll defers. Being on first team kickoff, all I could need is just the first tackle of the season to turn things around.
Here goes nothin!
Standing out from the pack when you’re one of many trying to make a 53-man roster is tough if you’re not a high draft pick or an established veteran. However, Ricky Foley made the most of his opportunity Sunday.
In preparation for the preseason-opener, the Seahawks held a 65-play “mock game.” The defense came up with six sacks during the exercise and guess who was among those to get to the quarterback. That’s right, Foley.
RENTON, Wash. — Rickey Foley has not started as well as he wanted to, and he told me he is still struggling with some of his pass-rushing angles. Things are better now than they were when he first came to the Seahawks from the CFL, but he has a ways to go. So much so that he openly admitted that if he doesn’t dominate on special teams, he’ll probably get bounced.
Numbers wise, things aren’t stacking up in his favor right now. Chris Clemons is the starter at outside linebacker and Nick Reed is working as the backup. Foley’s athleticism is carrying him as he gets acclimated.
Foley said he’s hurt himself by trying to make too many big plays in hopes of catching the coaches’ attention, instead of doing what’s been asked and sticking to his role.
The good thing for him is that he’s gotten better with each practice and feels that his positive strides will help him turn the corner sooner rather than later. With so many new people coming and going in Seattle, Foley could really get caught up in a numbers situation. He must start to ramp things up soon and show well in preseason games.
— Steve Wyche
Ricky Foley is getting a second shot to stick with an NFL team, and Doug Pacey of The News Tribune examines the differences between Foley’s first shot four years ago with the Baltimore Ravens and the defensive end’s hopes of making the 53-man roster with the Seattle Seahawks.
“The biggest difference is preparation,” Foley said. “I know all my plays and I know how to study them, memorize them. This is my job. Before in Baltimore, I didn’t know how to study the playbook.”