A recap of the day’s activities:
The new players. Or perhaps that should be the newer and younger players for a team that has made 207 roster moves since coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider were hired in January.
Carroll said today during his weekly day-after Q&A session that evaluating players will be a major emphasis in the two practices during the Seahawks’ bye week, as well as an extra practice next Monday.
“We’ll take the opportunity to push guys up in their play numbers,” Carroll said. “It could go all the way across the board. There are all kinds of guys that are going to get more turns with the first group. We’ll put them against the top guys more so, and try to make those matchups show us more and give us more information.”
For example: Veteran Lawyer Milloy will be rested, giving rookie Kam Chancellor some work at strong safety with the No. 1 defense.
Also, Carroll wants to see the offensive linemen who have been added in the past few weeks – the former Green Bay Packers trio of Evan Dietrich-Smith, Allen Barbre and Breno Giacomini; as well as practice-squad guard Lemuel Jeanpierre. That will happen because two veterans – left guard Ben Hamilton and right tackle Sean Locklear – will rest sore knees this week.
“I’ve been doing that for a long time, and I really believe this is an opportunity for those guys to show us where they fit in and how they can contribute,” Carroll said. “And we need to learn and watch and grow and help them get better.
“There’s three days of practice in here that are a rare opportunity that you get during the season and we’re going to take advantage of it.”
The Seahawks play the Bears in Chicago on Oct. 17, but Carroll said these bye-week practices will be more about evaluating personnel than game planning.
Russell Okung. The coaches got their first regular-season look at the team’s top draft pick and liked what he was able to show during his 26 snaps at left tackle.
“We saw some very good things from Russell yesterday,” Carroll said. “He made it through the game without getting re-injured.”
Okung had missed 5½ weeks with a high ankle sprain he got on the opening series of the second preseason game. He did not re-injure his right ankle, as Carroll said, but left the game after it became sore.
“He did a nice job,” Carroll said. “He’s introduced, finally, to playing NFL football. And we need him to come on, because he’s a factor. And we could tell that.”
Okung is scheduled to practice this week.
Tuesday is usually the players’ off day. Not this week. The Tuesday practice is one of two this week before the players get a long weekend off – Thursday through Sunday.
“We also need to get rested, so we’ll do that over the weekend and get a good break for the players,” Carroll said.
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The Rams generated almost 100 yards on screen passes Sunday in their 20-3 victory over the Seahawks, including two for 70 yards on one third-quarter possession – a 49-yarder to Steven Jackson and a 21-yarder to Kenneth Davis for a touchdown.
“That was really an issue for us,” Carroll said. “Those were really the big issues in this game.”
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“He can play better, but we need to also contribute around him more so. It’s always more than one guy. Always. It’s hard for everybody to look it that way; the quarterback is such a focal point. But there were contributing factors and I think he battled.” – Carroll, on the performance of QB Matt Hasselbeck in Sunday’s loss to the Rams