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Seahawks' Sherman sings praises of White, Jones

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Richard Sherman likes to trash talk, but when asked about the Atlanta receiving duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones, the Seattle cornerback had nothing but nice things to say about facing the tandem on Sunday.

Sherman said that Jones and White present a similar matchup physically to other big receivers Seattle already faced this season, including Chicago's Brandon Marshall, Detroit's Calvin Johnson and Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald.

"They run similar routes," Sherman said. "They're built similarly to those guys. They play the game similarly. They use them the same types of ways - they're trying to get them down the field and over the top (of the defense). They do a great job."

White finished the regular season with 92 catches for 1,351 yards and seven touchdowns, while Jones totaled 79 catches for 1,198 yards and 10 scores.

"The set of receivers they have, I think, is what jumps out the most," Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. "Probably the most complete we've faced and we've faced some good ones. I don't want to slight anybody else but very talented, very talented."

The two teams met last season, and both White and Jones had big days. White caught six passes for 78 yards, while Jones finished with 11 catches for 127 yards in a 30-28 win over the Seahawks in Seattle on Oct. 2, 2011.

Sherman said he didn't play very much against Atlanta last year. He was part of Seattle's "dime" package (six defensive backs).

"I think Roddy is a more crafty route-runner," Sherman said, when asked about the differences between White and Jones. "He uses different tricks and things. You can see that he's a veteran route-runner. Julio runs hard routes, and plays the game more physical I think. He's stronger in his routes. He uses his body more."

Added Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner: "They pose a challenge. Those guys are really good receivers. But I think it helps. It gives us an idea of what they like to do and their ability."

After not getting much action against Washington last week, Sherman said he's excited to face a team that leans heavily on passing the ball.

"I think it's going to be a fun game," Sherman said. "That's what we look forward to. They present a lot of challenges, a lot of weapons. And we look forward to those types of challenges."

Sherman says he and his teammates are confident, and feeling no pressure heading into the matchup with Atlanta after defeating Washington last week.

"We had to get it," Sherman said about last week's win. "It's the playoffs, so you have to get every one or you're going home. I think we're an extremely confident bunch right now. We're a young team who's hungry. We don't really feel the pressure because there's no pressure to be felt. We're just hungry and trying to win ball games by any means."
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