Camp Mora: Day 5

A recap of the only practice Tuesday at Seahawks training camp:

PLAYER OF THE DAY

Cory Redding. Coach Jim Mora put the players through their longest (almost 2½ hours), most spirited practice of camp, and Redding was asking for more.

“I’m out here with the boys, full-go,” the veteran defensive lineman said after the full-pads session. “I told Mora, ‘Man. why does pass rush have to be so short? Why does 9-on-7 have to be so short.’

“I’m having fun out here.”

Redding also is making up for lost time, after spending too much time watching during the spring minicamps and OTA sessions while completing his rehab from surgery to repair a dislocated kneecap.

His “too-short” practice included tossing 308-pound tackle Sean Locklear to the ground in the pass-rush drill, playing off a block by tackle Ray Willis to “sack” Matt Hasselbeck and getting to Justin Forsett before the gnat-quick running back could get to the line of scrimmage.

All in a day’s work for the player the Seahawks obtained in a March trade with the Detroit Lions.

“A little bit here, a little bit there,” Redding said when asked about his versatility, and productivity. “I just try to make plays when my number is called.”

PLAY OF THE DAY

There were several to choose from, with safety Jordan Babineaux intercepting a pass that was tipped by middle linebacker David Hawthorne, cornerback Kevin Hobbs picking off a deep pass intended for wide receiver Deon Butler and rookie safety Courtney Greene making a leaping interception.

But the nod goes to tight end John Carlson, who made a falling catch of a Matt Hasselbeck pass in the back corner of the end zone, despite tight coverage from linebacker Leroy Hill. Carlson actually caught two TD passes in the goal-line drill, and should have had a third – but Hill got even by tipping away a pass to Carlson on the side of the end zone.

ROOKIE WATCH

So that’s why the Seahawks drafted Greene in the seventh round. The rookie safety from Rutgers is playing with the No. 3 defense, but he made impressive back-to-back plays Tuesday. The first was that soaring interception of a Mike Teel pass. But Greene followed that up by delivering a solid shot on rookie running back Devon Moore.

Keep an eye on Greene during camp and the preseason, because if he continues to show as he did Tuesday he’ll make the final cut down to 53 players very interesting.

ROLL CALL

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (knee) and fullback Owen Schmitt (calf) returned to practice, but tackle Walter Jones (back), cornerback Marcus Trufant (back) and wide receiver Billy McMullen (knee) remained sidelined. Linebacker Tony Taylor also sat out.

Jones did make an appearance at the start of practice before walking somewhat stiffly to the training room to continue his treatment for back spasms.

YOU DON’T SAY

“The day I got traded I felt like I was drafted all over again.” – Redding, on coming to the Seahawks after battling through an 0-16 season with the Lions last year


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