A recap of the Sunday practice at Seahawks training camp:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Matt Hasselbeck. The weather might be cooling off after the record-setting temperatures last week, but the team’s starting quarterback was just getting warmed up during the 2 hour, 20 minute practice in full pads.
During the final two full-team drills, Hasselbeck completed 10 of 12 passes – to six different receivers. Nate Burleson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh rookie Deon Butler and tight end John Carlson each caught a pair, with the other completions going to wide receiver Deion Branch and running back Justin Forsett.
Hasselbeck connected on eight passes in a row before finally having one fall incomplete, and that came when he tried to loft a pass to unsuspecting tight end John Owens on a broken play.
PLAY OF THE DAY
Carlson had a step on middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu as both were running toward the end zone. The pass from Seneca Wallace was on time, and on the mark. Touchdown? No, because Tatupu was able to slap the ball from Carlson’s grasp just as the ball was settling into his hands.
Tight end. Carlson is the undisputed starter after leading the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches as a rookie.
After that, it has been anybody’s guess as to who will replace the departed Will Heller as the backup and which of the younger players on the roster might stick in the No. 3 spot.
Coach Jim Mora gave a hint Saturday when asked about this year’s rookie class, because tight end Cameron Morrah was one the team’s three seventh-round draft choices.
“Cameron is doing a nice job,” Mora said. “We drafted Cameron with the thought that he would be a little bit more of a pass receiver initially, and work into a role where he’s a blocker. He hasn’t done a lot of that. He’s a guy who can get open and he catches the ball cleanly.
“I think that the competition between him and Joe Newton for that spot, and John Tereshinski, will be pretty strong. It’ll be exciting to watch those guys develop.”
Unmentioned was Owens, a veteran who was signed in free agency. That’s because Owens is all but a lock to win the backup spot. He gave a good indication why Sunday by getting open to catch several passes.
Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones did not practice, as expected. But his absence had nothing to do with his surgically repaired left knee. Jones was given the day off after experiencing back spasms.
The club addressed its shortage at cornerback by signing veteran Travis Fisher, who played the past two seasons for the Detroit Lions after spending his first five seasons with the St. Louis Rams. Fisher worked on the left side with the No. 2 defense. Pro Bowl left corner Marcus Trufant continues to be sidelined with a sore back.
Defensive end Baraka Atkins practiced for the first time after being excused for two days to attend the funeral of a close friend in Florida.
YOU DON’T SAY
“The minute I get the pads on, I feel that’s the best time to show the coaches what I really can do – and they can forget what I do when the pads aren’t on.” – safety C.J. Wallace, who marked the second full-pads practice with his second big hit – this one on fullback Justin Griffith.