Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 13:
Dave Boling at the News Tribune came away from Tuesday’s minicamp practice rightfully impressed with Robert Turbin, the rookie running back from Utah State: “Interviews with 22-year-old athletes don’t ordinarily produce profound messages or perspectives on life and its meaning. But we might come to expect the extraordinary from Robert Turbin. The Seattle Seahawks’ rookie running back is a marvel of mass and velocity, with a quick burst to the line and biceps stolen from an animated action hero. He’s winning fans already with his play. After an impressive breakaway during Tuesday’s minicamp, teammates started yelling their approval: ‘The Turbinator,’ they called him. Regardless how this team progresses this season, Robert Turbin deserves that kind of support.”
The only player not at the mandatory camp – defensive end Chris Clemons – drew most of the coverage. Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times, Eric Williams at the News Tribune, John Boyle at the Everett Herald and Tim Booth at the Associated Press provide updates on his situation.
Williams also provides some observations from practice, including the latest on the QB competition: “Pete Carroll complimented Tarvaris Jackson on the way he threw the ball, and said his incumbent starting quarterback played with confidence in the team’s opening day of minicamp this afternoon. Jackson mostly worked with the first unit today. It will be Matt Flynn’s turn to work with the first unit on Wednesday, as Carroll continues to rotate those two and rookie Russell Wilson with the first unit. ‘He’s doing very well,’ Carroll said about Jackson. ‘He looks really healthy and strong, and very confident in what we’re doing. And he’s making it hard on these guys.’ ”
Brian Banks is scheduled to begin his tryout with the Seahawks today, but NFL.com reports that Tuesday he was in Kansas City and also drawing attention from the Vikings: “ ‘I know in talking to (general manager) Rick (Spielman) and the scouting staff, that’s something we’ve talked about and there’s a good chance that he may be coming in,” (Vikings coach Leslie) Frazier said.”
With the Kings winning their first Stanley Cup on Monday night, Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com wonders which NFL team is closest to winning its first Super Bowl. He lists the Seahawks among his “sleeper” picks: “We like what Pete Carroll is doing with the Seahawks defense and think they will be playoff contenders for a while.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we check in with recently acquired tight end Kellen Winslow: “Moments after walking off the field at the conclusion of the Seahawks’ minicamp practice on Tuesday, Kellen Winslow was asked how his impact on the offense might increase once he’s healthy. Winslow’s response was as exact as it was honest. ‘If I was healthy, which I never will be again, I would be Aaron Hernandez and (Jason) Witten together,’ he said. ‘Really?’ the questioner asked. ‘Yeah,’ Winslow said, punctuating the assessment with a laugh. ‘But, hey, I do what I can out there with the situation I have.’ The former Pro Bowl tight end the Seahawks acquired last month in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers never will be 100 percent healthy because of the serious knee injury he got in 2005 while playing for the Cleveland Browns, and the staph infection that followed in 2008. ‘It was the hardest thing that ever happened to me – the accident and then the staph infection on top of that,’ he said.”
We’ve also got a recap of practice in Tuesday in Hawkville, including a look at rookie safety 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.’ ”
Elaine Thompson at the Associated Press also has a photo gallery from practice that’s available at PI.com.