A recap of the activities on the first day of the Seahawks’ three-day Bing minicamp:
The one and only full-squad minicamp. It has been a long time coming, and won’t last all that long. So coach Pete Carroll plans to make the best of every rep.
“It’s good to get back to practice and great to be out here again and see these guys,” Carroll said. “They know this is the last shot they have before (training) camp. So this is very important.”
The emphasis of today’s almost two-hour practice was on reviewing everything that has been installed this offseason.
“So it’s kind of like a test each day,” Carroll said. “We’ll give them a lot situational work and try to make them have to think about where they are on the field, and the time on the clock, and all those kinds of things; as well as their assignments and their techniques.
“So it’s a big camp for communications. It’s a big camp for us to see how we can execute at this time. And really, it’s our last shot to take a look at these guys before we take our big break and get a sense for where the players are and where we are as far as teaching our offense and defense.”
Among the honor campers today: safeties Earl Thomas and DeShawn Shead, who had interceptions; rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin, who used his speed for what would have been a sack on a third-and-15 play; quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who threaded a pass to tight end Zach Miller; fullback Michael Robinson, who turned a short pass into a 13-yard gain; and kickers Steven Hauschka and Carson Wiggs, who were a combined 6-for-6 on field goal attempts.
Winston Guy. The safety from Kentucky continues to wear a red jersey, but the sixth-round draft choice would stand out even without the non-contact apparel.
“He’s doing a really cool job. I really like this player,” Carroll said. “He brings more than we had hoped, maybe, at this early time.”
The plan when the Seahawks drafted Guy was to use him as a third safety in the “big nickel” defense, which would allow either Thomas or strong safety Kam Chancellor to play closer to the line.
“His speed is very good. His instincts are excellent,” Carroll said of Guy. “He’s got a lot to learn. But he’s going to play for us and be a part of what we’re doing.”
Quarterback, of course. The three-man competition for the starting job continues. Jackson, the incumbent starter, was up first today, followed by free-agent addition Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson.
“We’ll just keep that rotation alive. It’s worked well so far,” Carroll said. “Tarvaris is doing very well. He looks really healthy and strong and very confident in what we’re doing. He’s making it hard on these guys, and he’s going to make it real hard on them.
“Which is great, because Matt’s going to be chasing it and Russell as well. But we will even out the snaps, if we can do it right. And today we hit it again.”
How is Jackson handling the competitive situation?
“You take it day by day, as far as coming out and trying to get better,” he said. “But I also look at the big picture. I’ve been in this league long enough to know how things go. So I’m just coming out here competing every day, just trying to do my best and let coach make a decision on what they feel is best for the team.”
In the team drill that concluded practice, Flynn completed five of six passes in leading a drive that ended with a 50-yard field goal by Hauschka, while Jackson was five of five on a drive that led to a 31-yard field goal by Wiggs.
THE BUCS STOP HERE
First, the Seahawks signed former Buccaneers middle linebacker Barrett Ruud in free agency. Then, they traded for former Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. Now, former Bucs wide receiver Antonio Bryant is being given a tryout during this minicamp.
“It’s the first time we’ve seen him and it’s been a while since he’s played,” Carroll said. “He has not had a chance to work with anybody much. So we’re going to give it a few days and see what we can see. We know that he was a fantastic athlete at one time and there was a lot of potential. So we’ll see where he fits.”
Bryant, 31, has not played in the league since 2009. But the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Bryant caught 83 passes for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008. A second-round draft choice by the Cowboys in 2002, Bryant also has played for the Browns (2004-05) and caught 69 passes for 1,009 yards in 2005. He signed with the Bengals last year, but a knee injury prevented him from playing during the 2011 season. In eight NFL seasons, Bryant has 372 receptions for 5,685 yards (15.3-yard average) and 30 TDs.
Also in for a tryout is former Texans wide receiver David Anderson, a seventh-round draft choice in 2006 who was released during the season last year and signed with the Redskins. The 5-10, 193-pound Anderson has caught 88 passes for 965 yards in seven NFL seasons.
The tryout list also includes tight end Cooper Helfet, who was the rookie minicamp last month; and linebackers Brian Banks and Kyle Knox. Banks who had a tryout last Thursday was working out for the Chiefs today but is scheduled to join the Seahawks’ minicamp tomorrow.
CARROLL ON CLEMONS
Chris Clemons, who has led the team with 11 sacks in each of his first two seasons with the Seahawks, was not at practice and is not expected to attend the mandatory minicamp. The situation involving the veteran defensive end caught Carroll by surprise.
“I thought he was coming, so this is kind of a late development,” Carroll said.
The club continues to work on an extension for Clemons, who is in the final year of his contract.
“We’ve had open communications with the agent and with Chris and feel like everything is on the up-and-up and very amicable,” Carroll said. “It continues to be one of our priorities and we’d love to get him back.
“It’s something we’ve had our eye on for something with him. He’s done a very good job for us in the first couple years and we’re real pleased with his play and work habits.”
In Clemons’ absence, Irvin, this year’s first-round draft choice, continues to get all the reps with the No. 1 defense at the “Leo” end spot.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I don’t know. The farthest I’ve ever thrown it is 80 yards. But I was a baby then. I was 18-, 19-years old. I’ve still got at least about 75. I still probably can get it out about 80. I don’t know. (The 80) was when I was a freshman in college. I haven’t tried it since. I don’t really like to do it. But one of the other quarterbacks actually wanted to see if he could throw longer than me. He forced me to do it. I smashed him. I killed him.” – Jackson, when asked how far he could throw a football