Thursday in Hawkville: Calling all captains

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 23:

FOCUS ON

Captains. The players will vote on the captains for the regular season. But it’s up to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll to determine the captains for each preseason game.

“Those are kind of randomly selected at the last second, when I remember to do it,” Carroll said.

But the honor still means a lot to those randomly selected, last-minute selections.

Against the Titans in the preseason opener, former Titans defensive lineman Jason Jones was a co-captain, along with veteran linebacker Leroy Hill, Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson and Heath Farwell, who led the league in special teams tackles last season.

“It meant a lot. Actually, it was my first time being a captain,” said Jones, who played the previous four seasons with the Titans. “I told coach Carroll after the game and before the game that I appreciate that. Going up against my old team, that meant a lot to me. It was cool.”

Against the Broncos last week, former Broncos kicker Steven Hauschka joined center Max Unger and nose tackle Brandon Mebane at midfield for the pre-game coin toss.

“It’s always nice to go out there and do the coin toss,” said Unger, who won it by calling tails which allowed the Seahawks to defer taking the kickoff until the second half. “Tails never fails.

“It was awesome.”

The captains for Friday night’s third preseason game against the Chiefs in Kansas City? Stay tuned, for those last-second selections.

“We could go on Twitter and have a little campaign here: Who will the next captain be?” Carroll said. “We’ll probably get eight or 10 responses on that one.”

PLAYER WATCH

Anthony McCoy. With the addition of Kellen Winslow in a trade with the Buccaneers and the return of Zach Miller, who was signed in free agency last year, there are four other tight ends competing for what likely will be one other spot on the 53-man roster. McCoy is doing his part to make sure it’s him.

“Anthony has been a really good prospect,” Carroll said of the former USC tight end who was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. “This was a great pick for us a couple years back. He’s really grown into a versatile tight end for us.

“He’s one of our best blockers. He’s not quite to Zach’s level, but he really does a great job on all the in-line blocking. He moves around well. He’s a great target to throw the ball to.”

McCoy is averaging 13 yards on his three preseason receptions, and he caught 13 passes last season. But drops have been an issue for him.

“He does have really good hands,” Carroll said. “There’s been times when he’s coming up, getting ready to play NFL football, that he hasn’t been able to keep his concentration that’s needed to catch the football.

“But he’s on it now. His attitude that he brings and his effort every day is just really, really positive. I’ve never seen him so full of spirit and the kind of mentality that he has. It’s infectious. He’s been a real good factor for us. I’m really excited for him.”

ON THE FIELD

Quarterback Matt Flynn took part in this morning’s walkthrough after sitting out Wednesday’s practice to rest his arm. Also back was fullback Michael Robinson, who had been sidelined with a sore toe.

With Alan Branch (knee) and Jones (knee) watching, rookie Greg Scruggs got some work as the three-technique tackle with the No. 1 defensive line.

Also sidelined: running back Marshawn Lynch (back), wide receiver Doug Baldwin (hamstring), tight ends Cameron Morrah (toe) and Winslow (knee), offensive linemen John Moffitt (elbow) and James Carpenter (knee), defensive lineman Pep Levingston (knee), linebackers Matt McCoy (knee), Allen Bradford (hip) and Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and defensive backs Roy Lewis (knee), Ron Parker (knee) and Walter Thurmond (leg).

UP NEXT

The team flew to Kansas City after the walkthrough for Friday night’s preseason game against the Chiefs.

The players will be off Saturday and have a review walkthrough on Sunday. The 89-man roster must be trimmed to 75 players by Monday.

YOU DON’T SAY

“We’re really happy with Bobby Wagner. That was a big issue for us, to see if he could step in. He’s done a great job and we’re looking forward to him playing.” – Carroll on the team’s second-round draft choice winning the starting middle linebacker job


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