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Get To Know A Seahawk: Matt McCoy

McCoy hasn't flashed like Morrah, but like Morrah he is an unknown player that is earning some notice. Here's how he got here.

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Name: Matt McCoy

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Birthdate: October 14, 1982

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Position: Outside Linebacker

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Recruiting: N/A

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College: San Diego State University

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Stats: 270 tackles, 26.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and three pass deflections.

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How Acquired: Signed through free agency.

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Scouting Profile: McCoy is not the tall, rangy athlete scouts drool over. Instead, he's the built for the position type. He's only 6'0", but comfortably carries 240 pounds. That makes him wide and powerfully built, like the head of a piston. McCoy has good quickness and excellent instincts. He maintains a good pad level and runs downhill towards the play. That might sound simple or common place, but it's a rare player that is truly brave in traffic.

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McCoy was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2005 draft. The late Jim Johnson loved fierce linebackers that could crash downhill and attack the ball carrier. McCoy started his second season in the league and had a respectable showing: 66 tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles.

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He lost time with a shoulder injury and never regained his footing. He didn't start at all in 2007. McCoy has since bounced around, spending a little time with the Saints and then the Buccaneers.

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Seattle has room for depth at weakside linebacker behind David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill. The incumbent backup linebacker is Will Herring, but Herring is still more of a pass-coverage linebacker than an every-down linebacker. If he can stay healthy, McCoy could crush in the preseason. He's a dark horse to make the roster, but a strong one.