Seahawks' offensive system makes WR Stokley feel at home

RENTON, Wash. -- Brandon Stokley doesn't know many of the faces in his new digs.

But he does know all of the Seattle Seahawks' offense.

"I remember a lot of it," Stokley said Wednesday. "It's been a year and a half since I've been in the system, so I have some homework to do, but I can catch on to it a lot quicker than if it was a new system."

The wide receiver went through his first Seahawks practice Wednesday, finally healthy after a lingering groin injury that led to his release from the Denver Broncos during training camp. Stokley signed with the Seahawks on Tuesday.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Stokley's knowledge of the team's offense made him a target as soon as he no longer was a member of the Broncos.

"We brought him in here and gave him a workout yesterday, and he looked great," Carroll said. "He's a gifted route runner, he's a third-down specialist, he knows the system; he can go out and play the system right now. He knows the terminology and the concepts and all, so that's a big asset of it.

"For us to count on a guy to come in and play with any other circumstances, I wouldn't believe it could happen, but he knows exactly what we're talking about."

Stokley's deep understanding of Seattle's offense comes from his time spent in Denver with now-Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. While Stokley posted some of the best numbers of his career with the Broncos, Bates held various offensive coaching roles on the Denver staff.

Two seasons ago in Denver, Stokley had 49 catches -- the second-highest total of his career. A year earlier, when Bates was the Broncos' receivers coach, Stokley had 40 grabs and five touchdowns.

Stokley's best season was 2004 with the Indianapolis Colts, with 68 catches for 1,077 yards and 10 scores.

"I love working with Jeremy. We had a couple good years in Denver," Stokley said. "It's an exciting passing game, and it enables you to be able to go out there, and if you can get open, opportunities are there for you."

Stokley's understanding of the offense makes him a candidate to play Sunday at St. Louis.

"We'll see how it works out; it's going to take some time to figure that out," Carroll said. "We won't wait too long, though. We're going to get going with him."

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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