Ex-Eagle Clemons like energy of new team

"In Philly it was more laid back," Clemons said. "Here [Seattle], everybody is fired up." (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Former Eagles defensive end Chris Clemons is beginning to get acclimated to his new team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Clemons was traded to Seattle as part of the deal that brought Darryl Tapp to the Eagles.

Thus far, Clemons said he likes the intensity and high pace he has found since arriving.

"In Philly it was more laid back because it was more of a veteran group and the coaches have been there awhile," Clemons told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer yesterday. "Here, everybody is fired up. It brings that energy back and the feeling like something special is going on here."

Coach Pete Carroll singled Clemons out after the team practiced yesterday and he is the early leader for a starting spot. Clemons has started three games in his six years in the NFL, and there are questions as to whether he is big enough, at 6-2, 240 pounds. He has primarily been used as a rush end on passing downs.

"You measure a man by his heart, not his body," Clemons said. "The smallest guys have done things nobody thought they could do. So I go out and each and every day and I don't worry about my size. I worry about how physical I am and how aggressive I am and that's how I play."