A recap of the afternoon walk-thru at Seahawks training camp:
Mike Williams. A year ago, he was in his first NFL training camp since 2007 and just hoping to make the Seahawks’ roster after being out of the league for two seasons.
This summer, he returns after leading the team in receptions and – as hard as it might be to believe – is one of the more experienced players on the offensive side of the ball.
“It’s still a little awkward, coming out here and haven’t been in this setting for so long missing the offseason,” Williams said after the 85-minute session on the shores of Lake Washington, referring to the 136-day lockout that forced the cancellation of the spring minicamps and OTA workouts.
“So getting back out here, you’re a little more tired than you think you are just because now the cameras are on and now you’ve got a coach yelling at you and now you’ve got to move at a different pace than maybe what you’re used to when you’re working out at home. So just getting back into the environment and raising the bar up to coach (Pete) Carroll’s speed is an adjustment for everybody.”
Williams made an impressive adjustment last season, one that at times pushed toward incredible. After being given a tryout at a minicamp, he was signed to a one-year contract. Williams went on to catch 65 passes for 751 yards and was rewarded with a three-year contract.
The 6-foot-5 Williams had the play of the morning session when he went over cornerback Marcus Trufant and free safety Earl Thomas to grab a pass from Charlie Whitehurst along the sideline. In the afternoon session, he used his big body to shield cornerback Walter Thurmond from the ball on a quick slant.
When asked how different this camp is from the one last summer, Williams smiled and offered, “Well, I’ve got a little more job security, I think.”
Red Bryant. There was a time last season when the Seahawks’ run defense ranked second in the league. That was until the 323-pound Bryant went down in the Week 8 game at Oakland with a knee injury that required season-ending surgery.
Today, he was back at the five-technique end spot where he belongs – and the defense needs him.
“It’s good to have him out here,” Williams said. “He’s been out here running around coming off the knee. We’re glad to have him back. So we’re just going to keep moving forward.”
Without Bryant, the run defense took several steps backward last season and ended up ranked 21st in the league.
THE WAITING GAME
The Seahawks can’t announce or address the additions of players who have agreed to sign with them this week until after 3 p.m. on Friday. Those same players – quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, wide receiver Sidney Rice and guard Robert Gallery – wouldn’t be able to practice until Aug. 4, because of the rules that are in place following the lockout.
PLAY OF THE DAY
Defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer shooting through a gap to flush Whitehurst from the pocket. Balmer’s play on the second snap of the team period set the tempo for the defense, as Balmer and his line mates yielded little running room for backs Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett and Leon Washington.
The Seahawks will practice once on Friday, starting at 9 a.m. The first practices open to fans are on Saturday – at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. There are still openings available for both practices, and you can register to attend here: http://trainingcampregistration.seahawks.com/.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Lawyer (Milloy), he taught me a lot – on the field, off the field. I learned a lot from Lawyer and he helped me a lot.” – second-year strong safety Kam Chancellor, who has replaced Milloy in the starting unit