A recap of the Seahawks’ second practice at Bing Training Camp:
Charlie Whitehurst, and J.P. Losman. After a tempo-setting performance in the morning practice, coach Pete Carroll rested starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for most of the afternoon session.
That allowed Whitehurst and Losman to get valuable – and needed – reps. Whitehurst was obtained in a March trade with the San Diego Chargers, while Losman was signed in May.
“Matt Hasselbeck had a terrific morning to start us off,” Carroll said. “Really came out in command of what’s going on, just made the whole thing work well.”
Carroll also was pleased with how the backup QBs handled the situation in this afternoon, particularly Whitehurst.
“It was great to just get them the reps,” he said. “It was different for them than it is on other days, especially for J.P.
“I thought Charlie was very comfortable. He’s very much in command of what we’re doing. He just needs to get back out and run the show, so he can really get to the point where he can show us what he looks like in that role.
“He’ll get a lot of turns in the preseason, if it all works out right, and this is in preparation for that. These are critical days for him to be in charge of the No. 1 offense.”
E.J. Wilson. His weight is up (to 292 pounds). His body fat is down (to 17 percent from 20). It’s a combination that definitely seems to be paying off for the rookie defensive end from North Carolina, who flashed quickness and power this afternoon.
During one drill, the fourth-round draft choice met running back Julius Jones just as he was hitting what should have been a hole and also flushed Losman from the pocket to force an incomplete pass. In a later drill, the disruptive Wilson forced Losman to fumble.
“For me to play my game, I’ve got to be a physical guy,” Wilson said. “I’m just feeling more comfortable now.”
Give a large assist to strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle and his staff.
“They really got me in great shape, and showed me how to stay focused and come back to camp and be in the best condition I can,” Wilson said. “That was huge, because I didn’t want that to be the reason I didn’t achieve my goals in camp.”
Carroll got the morning practice off to a rousing start by extolling the fans in attendance to pump up the volume as the players were running through a bag drill.
“The whole idea here is to engage in both directions – they give us some, we give back to them,” Carroll said. “It matters to us. It matters to me. I’m thrilled that people want to come out and enjoy the day with us.
“They cranked it up pretty good. That was maybe the most well-applauded bag drill of all-time.”
At the end of the afternoon practice, which drew a crowd of 1,773 fans, Carroll returned to the fence to sign autographs.
Clint Gresham, a rookie long snapper from TCU, has been claimed off waivers. Graham had been with the New Orleans Saints, but was waived Friday when the club signed first-round draft choice Patrick Robinson.
Graham will compete with Matt Overton to be the Seahawks’ snapper. To clear a roster spot for Graham, rookie cornerback Marcus Udell was waived.
Fullback Owen Schmitt (infection), just-signed offensive lineman Chester Pitts (knee) and rookie cornerback Josh Pinkard (knee) were placed on the active physically-unable-to-perform list. But Schmitt could return as early as Sunday or Monday, Carroll said.
Pitts, who had microfracture surgery on his right knee 10 months ago, will be sidelined much longer.
“He worked out very well, but he has not done a lot of football stuff,” Carroll said. “So we’re going to ease him into the rehab portion of it. When he comes around, he comes around. We don’t know. It could be a couple of months even.
“But we would like to see if we can get him ready to play in the preseason. We’ll see if we can pull that together.”
Carroll labels the 308-pound Pitts “a big asset for us,” because he has started in the league, played in the zone-blocking scheme that line coach Alex Gibbs is installing and can be used at multiple positions.
Linebacker Matt McCoy also sat out practice after tearing off a fingernail.
“It’s a very nasty little thing, but he wants to practice tomorrow,” Carroll said. “So we’ll see what happens.”
Wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch, running back Leon Washington and rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond were given the afternoon practice off. Houshmandzadeh (hernia) and Branch (knee) had surgical procedures during the offseason, while Washington (broken leg) and Thurmond (knee) are coming off injuries that ended their 2009 seasons.
“We want to do this really right,” Carroll said. “We know it’s a long haul. It’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon we’re running here. We’ve got to make sure and manage our guys. A number of guys will continue to be treated in that manner. Hopefully we’ll do that very well and it will benefit us over the long haul.”
The Seahawks will practice once Sunday – in full pads – starting at 1:30 p.m.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Yeah. Yesterday.” – Carroll, when asked if he had a timetable for getting first-round draft choices Russell Okung and Earl Thomas signed