With the players off today, the daily recap looks back at first four days of Bing Training Camp:
Nick Reed. How appropriate, since the second-year, pass-rushing defensive end has been a blur for much of the first six practices.
Reed, a seventh-round draft choice out of Oregon, made the 53-man roster last year because of his uncanny ability to pressure the passer – despite weighing all of 248 pounds. He had 4½ sacks in the preseason to lead the league.
This summer, Reed is picking up where he left off. He’s been working opposite Chris Clemons in the No. 1 nickel line, with Lawrence Jackson and Brandon Mebane at the tackles. In the base defense, Reed has been at the “Leo” spot with the No. 2 unit.
On back-to-back plays in Monday morning’s practice, Reed beat rookie tackle Jacob Phillips for a “sack” (the play was whistled dead because defensive players are not allowed to hit the red-jerseyed QBs) and on the next snap pushed Phillips into the quarterback.
“A guy who continues to do good stuff is Nick Reed,” coach Pete Carroll said. “Nick Reed is just a really good football player that finds a way to make things happen every day. He’s active in practice and he’s an excellent (special) teams player, as well.
“So he’s done a nice job for us.”
PLAYS OF THE FIRST FOUR DAYS
Best pass: Matt Hasselbeck has been en fuego, but his touchdown pass to rookie Golden Tate on Monday afternoon was a beauty. As Tate slipped behind cornerback Cord Parks, Hasselbeck not only hit Tate in stride, he put a little something extra on the pass so Tate could make the catch before running out of end zone.
Best catch: Tight end John Carlson’s one-handed grab of a Hasselbeck pass, because the defender was clinging to his other arm Monday afternoon.
Best block: Rookie guard Mitch Erickson stoned 323-pound Red Bryant and then slid over to chip 289-pound E.J. Wilson on Sunday, giving Charlie Whitehurst time to complete a pass to running back Quinton Ganther.
Best run: Julius Jones and Justin Forsett definitely have had their moments. But the nod goes to the hard-running Ganther. On Sunday, Ganther was hit and should have gone down in the first full-pads practice. Instead, he spun, took another hit and then lunged for additional yardage – and a nice gain on a run that should have gone nowhere.
Best interception: Linebacker David Hawthorne tipping a pass that went off running back Julius Jones on Saturday afternoon and then – somehow – locating and picking off the double carom.
Biggest hit: Rather than pick one, we’ll defer the “body” of work linebacker Leroy Hill has dished out. OK, if we must pick one, let’s go with Hill dropping fullback Ryan Powell with a powerful shot in a one-on-one drill Tuesday.
Best back-to-back sequence: Tuesday, Mebane flaunted both dimensions of his game by knocking guard Mike Gibson into Whitehurst and then getting off the ball to get to Jones before he could get to the hole.
SINCE YOU ASKED
Q: How often will the Seahawks utilize the 3-4 scheme this season? It has been proven effective around the league and the Seahawks have good talent for the front seven in the 3-4. Just curious if this is something we will be seeing more often this season. – Tim, Bellingham
A: While it might not look like a true 3-4, Tim, the coaches are incorporating a lot 3-4 elements into the defensive front. With the oversized Bryant moving out to the five-technique end spot and the undersized Clemons manning the “Leo” position on the other side, there is a lot of versatility on the “lopsided” line. When they go to the nickel in passing situations, the line will get even smaller at the ends with Reed or linebacker Aaron Curry opposite Clemons. That’s when things might look very much like a 3-4, with Curry, Reed or Clemons as a standup end.
The players return to the practice field Thursday for the third session of two-a-days. The practices begin at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Both are open to the public and you can register here to attend.
After a single practice Friday at 1:30, there will be two on Saturday – again at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. But the afternoon session is “sold out.”
DOWN THE ROAD
Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. practice will be held at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium and is open to the public. Admission and parking are free.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I feel good. I feel great, actually. It’s probably the best I’ve felt – soreness-wise – in training camp. Usually training camp is synonymous with being really sore. … I don’t know if all the offseason work prepared us for it, or if it’s the schedule, or what. Just adrenaline or excitement, I don’t know. But I feel pretty good.” – Hasselbeck, after Tuesday’s practice