RENTON, Wash. (AP) Malcolm Smith has played for Pete Carroll long enough, first at Southern California and then with the Seattle Seahawks, that he knows nearly all the intricacies of the defensive system.
It's a good thing he has that kind of background and understanding. His flexibility and knowledge is one of the biggest he has been able to find a spot on the Seahawks' roster since being drafted in the seventh round in 2011.
"Our principles are pretty much the same as far as coverage. Just the experience, you know. I've been taking practice reps since I was in college for some of these defenses," Smith said Wednesday. "It's good to have and it will help me stepping in."
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