A recap of the day’s activities:
Diversity. As in, the Seahawks’ offense has featured it in the first two games.
In the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates broke out a formation that had three tight ends clustered on the right side. Last week, against the Broncos in Denver, the Seahawks had only two tight ends active and used a lot of its personnel package that features two running backs, two tight ends and only one wide receiver.
What gives? That’s what the Seahawks want their opponents to be wondering – especially this week, when they’re preparing to play the San Diego Chargers at Qwest Field on Sunday.
“That’s probably what you’re going to see from us – we’re going to be somewhat new every week,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “In part because of injuries, but also just because that’s how we want to do it.
“I think we’re going to be a team that’s hard to prepare for. We could come out five wides (receivers), three tight ends. It’s early for me, too, but that’s the sense I get right now.”
This diverse approach can cause problems on the both sides of the ball.
“It does make it difficult,” Hasselbeck said. “But I’m sure it makes it much more difficult for our opponent.”
Deon Butler. As a rookie last season, Butler caught 15 passes for 175 yards. He had four receptions for 47 yards on the Seahawks’ game-opening drive against the Broncos, giving him six in the first two games this season.
It’s not just the catches, but when Butler is making them. Three of his five receptions against the Broncos produced first downs – a 12-yarder on third-and-7, a 20-yarder on third-and-7 and an 11-yarder on third-and-6. He had only one reception in the opener against the 49ers, but it went for a 13-yard touchdown.
“He’s really been effective,” coach Pete Carroll said. “This is a guy – honestly, I’ll tell you – we looked at him on film last year and we thought it’s going to be a long way to get him to be a factor for us.”
Then, Carroll labeled Butler one of the most improved players on the team after the conclusion of the spring minicamps and OTA practices. That was followed by Butler leading the team in the preseason with 15 receptions.
“We didn’t really know what we had because we hadn’t been on the field with him,” Carroll said. “We saw the speed, and the explosion, and natural catching ability. But he’s just improved tremendously.
“But more than that, he’s been a playmaker. He’s made tough catches, really, all through preseason as well. So we just have to realize that he’s a big factor that we need to keep working into the system and get the ball going in his direction.”
ON THE FIELD
The players practiced for almost two hours on a blustery afternoon. Among the sideline spectators was Peter McLoughlin, who was named the new president of the Seahawks and Sounders FC at a press conference earlier in the day.
Rookie free safety Earl Thomas put on an impressive show, intercepting one pass and breaking up another.
The official report, as released by the team:
LB Leroy Hill (calf)
Did not practice
RB Quinton Ganther (knee)
LB Will Herring (non injury)
OT Russell Okung (ankle)
Limited in practice
RT Sean Locklear (knee)
DE E.J. Wilson (knee)
OG Ben Hamilton (knee)
OG Chester Pitts (knee)
WR Mike Williams (thigh)
LB Matt McCoy (quad)
Locklear and Wilson were added to the report, while McCoy participated in all phases of practice after being limited on Wednesday.
For the Chargers, RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice for the second consecutive day. If the team’s first-round draft choice is unable to play Sunday, Mike Tolbert is expected to start. Also, CB Quentin Jammer (foot) and LB Stephen Cooper (knee) were limited, while WR Malcolm Floyd (hamstring) practiced fully after sitting out on Wednesday.
The players will practice earlier on Friday, their last full workout before Sunday’s game against the Chargers.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I think this is the way to wear this, don’t you?” – McLoughlin, holding open the blue blazer he was presented during his introductory press conference to reveal a Seahawks logo on one inside panel and a Sounders FC logo on the other