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Kentwood's Bronson fighting for Seahawks roster spot

Kentwood's Bronson fighting for Seahawks roster spot
Seattle Seahawks' Demitrius Bronson, left, is chased by Chandler Fenner at an NFL football camp practice Friday, July 25, 2014, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo)
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SEATTLE -- Demitrius Bronson knows the Seattle area well, because he's from here.

Bronson graduated from Kentwood High School and then attended the University of Washington. After a year with the Huskies, he transferred to Eastern Washington University. Now, after going undrafted, he's in camp with the Seahawks.

"It's a lot," Bronson told said with a laugh. "This team is great. This city is great. Just to be wearing this jersey and be practicing with the lake behind me, it's an awesome experience."

Bronson, who plays running back, was only signed by Seattle last month. That means he's just starting to make an impression with the Seahawks.

Thanks to the absence of Marshawn Lynch, who's holding out for more money, Bronson is quickly being noticed.

"Everything he's done, he's done well," said Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. "He's a tough kid, he's shown real good instincts running the football, and he's a strong guy with enough speed to pop into the secondary."

Bronson is doing everything he can to make the Seahawks, like talking to a player who's been in his shoes before. A guy like wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.

Kearse starred at Lakes High School in Tacoma, played at the University of Washington, and is now a lock to make the Seahawks roster.

Bronson told me that he was picking Kearse's brain a couple days ago, asking what he needs to do to survive.

"He just told me to compete," said Bronson. "Go hard everyday, try to get on special teams, work on your craft and work on your game. The more you can bring to the game, the more you have a chance of making the team. That's why I just come out, compete, work hard, and try to get my spot on this roster."

A big Seahawks fan growing up, nothing would mean more to Bronson than making Seattle's roster out of camp.

"This team competes," Bronson said. "Every single guy on this team competes. Just to be a part of that atmosphere alone would be great."

"Being from Seattle, playing high school football here, going from Washington to Eastern Washington and now here. It's a great blessing."
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