A recap of the only practice Monday at Seahawks training camp:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Matt Hasselbeck. The team’s starting quarterback was rocking and firing during the one-hour, 45-minute practice in full pads.
The early portions of practice were dedicated to a review of things the players didn’t do well in Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Chargers in San Diego. But when the players came together for the full-team drills, Hasselbeck had the hot hand.
It was doubly impressive when you consider that he spent the end of last week working against the three-man line the Chargers threw at the Seahawks and this afternoon went back to working against a four-man line.
The only thing more impressive than Hasslebeck’s throws was the decisions that preceded them.
“Matt is a great decision-maker, he throws on time and he’s an accurate thrower,” offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said.
All those traits were evident during a full-blitz drill.
“Matt got the ball out to the guys he needed to get it to,” Knapp said. “He’s definitely on top of it right now.
PLAY OF THE DAY
It was another of those practices that warranted more than one.
Defense: In the first full-team drill, defensive tackle Red Bryant knocked center Steve Vallos off his feet to blow up a running play.
Offense: On the final play of practice, cornerback Kevin Hobbs came up to pop Devin Moore, only to have the rookie running back bull him over.
Offensive line. Another day, another practice of mixing-and-matching his units for line coach Mike Solari.
This one included Sean Locklear playing right guard for the first time in camp. The team’s starting right tackle also played left tackle, because Walter Jones started practice but did not finish after his back acted up. Jones missed almost two weeks after experiencing back spasms on the second day of camp and had just returned to practice on Thursday.
Because the coaches decided to give Chris Spencer some plays off in full-team drills, Vallos and rookie Max Unger also got ample work at center.
So one No. 1 line featured – from left tackle to right – Jones, Rob Sims, Unger, Locklear and Ray Willis. On another, it was Locklear, Sims, Spencer, Unger and Willis. On yet another, it was Locklear, Sims, Vallos, Unger and Willis.
“We want to find out which five are the best for us and which are ready to play,” Knapp said. “We’ve got a pretty good idea which of the ones to chose from, it’s just a matter of which spots to put them in.”
Running backs Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett did not practice to rest what coach Jim Mora called bumps and bruises from Saturday night’s game. Kicker Olindo Mare also sat out to rest the knee that became sore in pre-game warm-ups and prevented him from playing against the Chargers.
Also sidelined: cornerback Marcus Trufant (back), offensive linemen Cory Withrow (knee) and Greg Ruegamer (elbow) and defensive linemen Lawrence Jackson (leg) and Kevin Brown (unspecified).
Guard Mansfield Wrotto returned to practice after being sidelined since last Wednesday with a bruised leg.
Tom Kite, who has 19 PGA and 10 Champions tour victories on his resume, watched practice from the sideline with club president Tim Ruskell.
Kite is in town to promote next weekend’s Boeing Classic.
For more information on the Boeing Classic visit boeingclassic.com
The players will practice twice Tuesday, including an evening session (6:45-8:45) at Husky Stadium that is open to the public. The morning practice (8:30-10:30) is at VMAC.
The team will break camp Friday and play its preseason home opener against the Denver Broncos on Saturday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I believe that just solidified my career here. To start with a big statement like a sack; that was awesome. That was a tempo-setter. You start the game out with a sack, you’ve got to win the game.” – defensive tackle Cory Redding, who sacked Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on the first play of Saturday night’s 20-14 victory