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Wednesday in Hawkville: Winslow catching up, catching on

A recap of the Seahawks’ OTA practice for May 30:

FOCUS ON

Kellen Winslow. Focus on? It was impossible not to watch the sure-handed Winslow today because he made play after play.

The former Pro Bowl tight end caught a half dozen passes during the two-hour practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center – in only his third practice with the Seahawks after being acquired in a trade last week with the Buccaneers.

His best play came during a two-minute drill, when he not only made a lunging grab of a Matt Flynn pass along the sideline but got out of bounds to stop the clock. The effort prompted linebackers coach Ken Norton to holler, “Helluva catch.”

Winslow later made another sideline grab on a pass from rookie Russell Wilson, as well as one over the middle on a pass from Tarvaris Jackson with a defender draped all over him.

“With Kellen coming in, he’s a difference-maker. He really makes things happen,” coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday night during a Town Hall meeting with fans at CenturyLink Field. “We’re going to use the heck out of him.”

But not at the expense of Zach Miller, another former Pro Bowl tight end who was added in free agency last year.

“Zach is a really good football player,” Carroll said. “He’s tough as nails. He does everything right. He knows his stuff. He has a variety of different things that he adds.”

Winslow and Miller might play the same position, but they don’t play it the same way.

“They’re totally different styles,” Carroll said. “Zach’s got his deal. Kellen’s got his deal. … We need to utilize them effectively to do those things. If we do that well and balance it out right, then they’ll be big factors for us.”

ROOKIE WATCH

Rishaw Johnson. During his Town Hall gathering, Carroll also sang the praises of the 6-foot-3, 313-pound guard from California (Pa.) University.

“I want you to watch Rishaw Johnson, now,” Carroll said. “This guy is an exciting football player.”

Today, Johnson was working at right guard with a No. 1 line that also included left tackle Russell Okung, left guard Paul McQuistan, center Max Unger and right tackle Breno Giacomini.

How did the rookie do? “I’d say really well,” Unger said.

Johnson was at right guard with the first unit, because John Moffitt was playing center on the second and third lines. Moffitt was joined on the No. 2 line by – from left tackle to right – Alex Barron, Allen Barbre, Deuce Lutui and Paul Fanaika. The tackles on the No. 3 line were Frank Omiyale and Giacomini, while the guards were rookie J.R. Sweezy and Lemuel Jeanpierre. James Carpenter, last year’s first-round draft choice, took part in some individual drills today as he continues his rehab from the knee injury that ended his rookie season after nine games.

It’s a group of linemen that is vastly improved, not to mention a lot deeper, from Carroll’s first season in 2010.

“The first year we were here, we could not get a seventh guy on our roster,” Carroll said. “We weren’t sure who we’d put on the roster that year of the guys that were in (training) camp.

“It’s not like that anymore. It’s a viciously competitive battle in there for who’s going to make the team, who’s going to help us. We need quality depth to last. And also, it would allow us to play more guys and not just play the front five guys. So that guys can share the playtime and share the work load and they’ll last longer.”

YOU DON’T SAY

“I’m not sure if that story is true or not. He said it was for a period of time. What does that mean? I’m a vegan right now. I haven’t eaten in three hours.” – Unger, when asked about Lutui adopting a mostly vegan diet


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