A recap of the evening practice Thursday at Seahawks training camp – the final practice of camp:
PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Matt Hasselbeck and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. That clicking coming from the shores of Lake Washington this evening was these two wrapping up camp the same way they started it.
Hasselbeck went to Houshmandzadeh repeatedly during the 70-minute practice, which is why the Seahawks signed the veteran wide receiver in free agency.
The fact that Houshmandzadeh is wearing No. 84 – the same number Bobby Engram wore during his eight-year, 399-catch stint with the Seahawks – has not been lost on Hasselbeck.
“It’s nice that he didn’t change the number,” Hasselbeck cracked of making the switch from one go-to receiver to another. “Makes it simple.”
As simple as Hasselbeck-to-Houshmandzadeh has seemed during the entire camp.
PLAY OF THE DAY
Lofa Tatupu tipped away a pass in the end zone – just one of three balls that the middle linebacker got his hands on during practice.
Offensive line. But not for the usual reason, which has been the constant shuffling of players caused by injuries to left tackle Walter Jones and center Chris Spencer and right tackle Ray Willis being limited to one practice a day.
This evening, the focal point was their heads, as most of the linemen were sporting freshly shaved Mohawk hairdos.
But since we’re revisiting this oft-scrutinized unit, the No. 1 group was – from left tackle to right – Sean Locklear, Rob Sims, Steve Vallos, Mansfield Wrotto and Willis. The second line was Kyle Williams, Max Unger, Vallos, Wrotto and Na’Shan Goodard. Vallos pulled double duty because Spencer did not participate in full-team drills.
Willis and defensive lineman Michael Bennett returned to practice after sitting out the morning session.
But running back Julius Jones (thigh) did not practice, joining a list that also included Jones (knee), cornerback Marcus Trufant (back), wide receiver Nate Burleson (hamstring), linebacker Aaron Curry (groin), offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer (elbow) and defensive end Lawrence Jackson (groin).
The players have a short walkthrough Friday morning in preparation for Saturday night’s preseason home opener against the Denver Broncos at Qwest Field.
Friday also marks the day that most of the players get to move out of the Eastside hotel they have called home for the past three weeks.
“What’s really great is getting back home and sleeping in your own bed,” cornerback Josh Wilson said when asked about both Thursday practices being shorter than normal. “You get the comfortable bed.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“We have three Johns in that meeting room. We go by J.O., J.C. and J.T. We have to, otherwise it would be, ‘Hey, John,’ and three guys would answer.” – John Carlson on fellow tight ends John Owens and John Tereshinski