A recap of the activities at the Seahawks’ Bing training camp for July 28:
Richard Sherman. At one point during the initial practice of camp, the second-year cornerback turned to the somewhat docile crowd that was watching from the berm that is adjacent to the practice fields at Virginia Mason Athletic Center and coaxed them to make some noise – especially for the defense.
A few minutes later, Sherman gave the fans something to cheer by picking off a Tarvaris Jackson pass and returning the interception up the sideline for a touchdown.
“That’s just how it is. If you don’t give them anything to cheer about what are they out here for?” a smiling Sherman said after the two-hour practice. “Everybody cheers for offense, because they think football is an offensive game.
“So if your defense doesn’t make any plays, then they have a great point.”
That, however, was not the point of today’s practice, when Sherman and his defensive mates made plenty of plays. And the fans, especially those bellied up to the fence that separates the fields from the berm, showed their appreciation.
“It’s incredible. It’s something you can’t describe,” Sherman said of the fan reaction. “It’s almost like game day. It kind of pushes you to another level, makes you strain a little harder. It’s not that you’re pushing for them necessarily; it’s just so exciting and fun to be out there. So your body does a little more, you go a little harder, you go a little faster.”
And sometimes you go all the way to the end zone with an interception, with the fans cheering your every stride.
“I study a lot of football,” Sherman said. “You get to the point where if you show me something once, the second time you show me I’m going to make the play. They showed it to me twice. That’s all that was.”
Ricardo Lockette. His rookie season was all about flash and dash, as evidenced by his 52.5-yard average on two receptions in the final two games. This season, Lockette wants to change the focus to consistency and precision – and he did just that today.
Sure, Lockette ran down a deep pass from Jackson – and ran over falling cornerback Ron Parker in the process. But he also caught everything else thrown his way.
Which was better: The acrobatic grab, or the fact that he did not drop a pass?
“The fact that I got every single route right, and I didn’t drop any passes,” Lockette said. “I expect myself to make big plays, and they come when they come. But the most important thing is being where I’m supposed to be making the catches when the ball is thrown to me.”
That definitely was the case on his big catch along the sideline of the big throw from Jackson.
“We’ve been training for a whole month straight, every single day,” Lockette said of his pre-camp routine with the Jackson. “So I expect that one. But my goal is to go through camp without dropping a single ball. I know that’s kind of unheard of. But I guess they say, ‘Shoot for the stars, forget the clouds.’ That’s what I’m aiming for.”
PLAYS DU JOUR
Offense: It would be easy – and perhaps correct – to go with Lockette’s eye-opener. But later in practice, wide receiver Golden Tate got behind Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner to take a long pass from Jackson for the touchdown.
Defense: Again, the obvious choice would be Sherman’s pick-six. But let’s go with the less obvious. In one of the first full-team plays of practice, rookie running back Robert Turbin bobbled a handoff from Jackson. Rather than give up on the seemingly “dead” play, defensive end Chris Clemons stripped the ball and Sherman recovered the fumble.
THREE ON PUP
Offensive lineman James Carpenter (knee), cornerback Walter Thurmond (ankle) and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (foot) have been placed on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from injuries.
Kearse is really close to returning, Carroll said, but there is no timeline for the returns of Carpenter and Thurmond in their recoveries from season-ending injuries last year.
Also, offensive lineman Allen Barbre was excused from practice because of what Carroll called “a family thing.”
The players will have a walkthrough this afternoon, and tomorrow’s practice starts at 10:15 a.m.
JOIN THE CROWD
A crowd of 2,180 attended today’s practice. The remaining 12 practices of camp also are open to the public and you can register here to attend one.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I’ve kind of been reflecting on, we wait to start the season and to get to camp to get going. It’s a really big deal to us. And it’s not just us. Of course the guys that put their livelihood on it, it’s a big deal. But for our fans and for everybody around the country that loves the NFL, it’s great to get this thing rolling. I’m excited to be – and really honored to be – part of it. There’s a feeling of – whatever that is – a little sentimental about it. We work so hard to get here and sometimes we get focused in and we just can’t get to the big picture. The big picture is, the NFL is awesome and it’s great to be part of.” – Carroll