Sunday in Hawkville: Welcome back Wiggs

A recap of the activities at the Seahawks’ Bing training camp for Aug. 5:

FOCUS ON

Carson Wiggs. The rookie kicker was gone last Tuesday, but back today. And just in time.

The strong-legged Wiggs kicked field goals of 45, 37 and 19 yards and added a pair of PATs during the mock-game portion of today’s two-hour, 15-minute practice. Not bad for a guy who had not kicked since being released last week to clear a roster spot for tight end Cooper Helfet.

“Good day today,” a smiling Wiggs said. “I didn’t kick while I was gone. It was kind of a vacation, maybe a blessing from the sky. So I came back with a fresh leg.”

Rather than kick, Wiggs returned to Purdue, where he needs to finish two classes to complete his degree.

“So I was making sure I’m all set up for that,” he said. “I was hoping to get a call, but I would never have thought it would be right back here in about three days.”

The Seahawks called Wiggs at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and asked if he could catch a 7 o’clock flight back to Seattle.

“I was rushing, but I made the flight, got here and had a great day today,” he said. “I was hitting them really well today.”

Coach Pete Carroll said the club was planning to bring Wiggs back, and the decision was hastened because incumbent kicker Steve Hauschka is being rested.

“I thought that was by far the decision of the day,” Carroll cracked. “John (Schneider, the GM) had this middle-of-the-night (thought), ‘If we can get Carson he might hit the game-winner.’ ”

A more serious Carroll then added, “We’re still resting Steven, so it worked out just right. Carson had a fantastic day for us and hit a big game-winner, and hit it well. So that’s cool.”

He’ll get no argument from Wiggs, whose 45-yarder came on the final play of practice.

“I love it here,” Wiggs said. “I can’t ask for a better place. The people are great, the staff is great, the players are very welcoming – even to the rookies. I couldn’t ask for a better place.”

And the coaches couldn’t have asked for a better just-got-here performance.

ROOKIE WATCH

The entire draft class. Top to bottom – from first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin to seventh-rounder J.R. Sweezy.

“This draft class has answered the call as far as fitting into the spots we hoped they would fit into,” Carroll said. “We’re really up on those guys right now and positive about where they fit in. Now they have to show it in the games when they’ll be competing for real.”

Let’s start at the bottom, because Sweezy worked at right guard with No. 1 line – again – and the defensive tackle from North Carolina State continues to be impressive.

“He’s been doing some really exciting stuff,” Carroll said. “This is a remarkable accomplishment to get to this point. We’re all kind of blown away that he’s handling it as well as he is.”

What does Carroll like? Sweezy’s toughness. Sweezy’s quickness. Sweezy’s speed. Sweezy’s strength.

“He’s by far the quickest lineman we have,” Carroll said. “And he ran 4.8 (seconds for 40 yards) coming out, and it shows up. Now it’s just a matter of how far he can go with it and how much we can count on him.”

Carroll also warns not to read too much into the situation. Sweezy worked at right guard because incumbent starter John Moffitt was working at center with the No. 2 line.

As for Irvin, he’s doing exactly what the coaches expected when they selected him with the 15th overall pick. On back-to-back plays today, Irvin used a nice burst to pressure and then “sack” Tarvaris Jackson and followed that by tipping a third-down pass incomplete.

But Carroll liked the play where Irvin ran down Marshawn Lynch after a 70-yard run.

“That’s not a surprise. He can fly,” Carroll said.

IN ’N OUT

Defensive linemen Red Bryant and Jason Jones sat out the mock game to rest sore knees. Carroll said each player is fine and the move was both precautionary and aimed at giving them two consecutive days off. Rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner did not practice for the second day because of a thigh bruise. Barrett Ruud replaced Wagner and rookie Greg Scruggs worked for Bryant at end in the No. 1 defense.

Also sidelined: wide receivers Doug Baldwin, tight end Anthony McCoy, linebackers Allen Bradford and Matt McCoy, defensive end Jameson Konz and the two players who remain on the physically unable to perform list – offensive lineman James Carpenter and cornerback Walter Thurmond.

UP NEXT

The players will get their second off day of camp Monday, before returning on Tuesday to begin preparing for Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Titans at CenturyLink Field.

JOIN THE CROWD

Today’s sun-drenched practice attracted a crowd of 2,385 fans, and another 250 VIP and ADA fans also were on hand. Only five more practices are open to the public, including Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week as well as Aug. 14 and 15. You can register here to attend.

GNARLY TRAFFIC

State routes 520 and 167 will be closed this weekend, limiting fans’ options to reach CenturyLink Field for the 7 p.m. game against the Titans on Saturday. The club is urging those attending the game to plan accordingly.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It’s a game situation. Everything is pretty much scripted during practice, everything is already planned out. But during a game it’s totally different. We just went over today random situations and tried to see how we handle it.” – Jackson, on the mock-game aspect of practice


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