Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 28.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says that Wilson is a prime example of an NFL-ready rookie quarterback, “That he earned that spot is about more than just Wilson’s ambition. It reflects a change in the league as a whole as NFL teams are increasingly willing to start rookies from Day 1. That was the case last year with Cam Newton in Carolina and Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, who became the sixth and seventh rookie quarterbacks to start Week 1 in the previous four seasons. That matched the total number from the 10 years combined (see chart). This year, Wilson is one of five rookies expected to start at quarterback in the season opener, the most of any NFL season. Whether it’s Andrew Luck in Indianapolis or Robert Griffin III in Washington, Ryan Tannehill in Miami or Brandon Weeden in Cleveland, rookie quarterbacks are standing front and (under) center sooner than ever before.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with Wilson’s roommate, Robert Turbin, who was not surprised at the news that Wilson had earning the starting QB job, “Turbin, the running back, was not surprised when his roommate, the quarterback, was announced as the winner of Seattle’s highly contested quarterback competition on Sunday. Turbin said he texted Wilson congratulations when he heard the news on TV. ‘He puts in a lot of hard work, man,’ Turbin said. ‘And he deserved to be the starter. He earned it. And I told him that I got his back for a whole career.’ Turbin said that he and Wilson have similar viewpoints, and both practice visualizing their goals in order to achieve them. We definitely talk,’ Turbin said. ‘We talk about a lot of our goals that we have, not only for ourselves, but as a quarterback-running back tandem, and also as a team. In order to do great things you’ve got to dream those things. You’ve got to make those things a goal. You can never have a goal too big – something that’s impossible. He and I believe there’s always a possibility. Somehow, some way you can get it done.’ “
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune calls Carroll’s decision of Wilson as the starting quarterback ‘the right choice’, “Wilson gave Carroll absolutely no choice in the matter. He latched onto this job and made it his own. This competition was a high-profile test case of the Pete Carroll Meritocracy. Its motto: The Best Player Plays. And that’s regardless of draft status, contract situation or political expediency. That’s not insignificant. For a coach who goes into his third season without a winning record, there are risks in starting a rookie at quarterback rather than a veteran. But the risk in not going with Wilson was greater — because it would reveal his fundamental philosophy as a sham. That’s how convincingly Russell Wilson earned this job. And everybody on the staff, and surely most of the players on the field, know it.”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald tells us Wilson wants to make the most of this opportunity, “A day after being named the starter, Wilson used the word great quite a bit when talking about his expectations for himself and the team. Wilson may be a rookie, and a third-round pick at that, but it is clear he doesn’t plan on using his inexperience as an excuse. ‘Even though I’m a rookie, I believe I can help this team win and do great things,” Wilson said. “… My goal every time I step out on the football field is to be great. I’m never afraid to excel, that’s the way I’ll always be every opportunity I get.’ “
Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com has his report from Monday’s practice session, noting that Flynn was able to throw the football after sitting out the team’s third preseason at Kansas City, “Matt Flynn did some light throwing at the beginning of practice, then watched the second half with ice on his right elbow. Carroll expects Flynn to do more passing Tuesday and Wednesday with a goal of playing some Thursday night against Oakland.”
Brock Huard of mynorthwest.com tells us how Matt Flynn can respond to losing the quarterback competition in this short video.
Doug Farrar of YahooSports.com points to the play Braylon Edwards as one of the reasons the team let go of veteran Terrell Owens, and that the decision had nothing to do with Owens’ presumed attitude problems, “Both players showed some potential, but Edwards made his case more forcefully from the start. Arriving in Seattle in the very early morning of July 31 with a one-year deal in hand, Edwards hot the practice field the same say, wrestled with Seattle’s hyper-aggressive cornerbacks, and developed a chemistry with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Owens came in a week later, looked to be in monster shape, and impressed in early practices. But while Edwards was catching bombs from Wilson in preseason games, Owens struggled with the timing and parlance of an offense he should have known in his sleep. He missed out on five targeted passes from quarterback Matt Flynn in his Week 2 debut against the Denver Broncos, and whiffed on two more balls from Wilson in a rout of the Kansas City Chiefs last Friday.”
Dan Wetzel of YahooSports.com reflects on the competition that Carroll preached while at USC, and looks how it has effectively translated to the NFL with the decision to start Wilson at quarterback, “Wilson, out of Wisconsin, has been terrific. He’s completed 35 of 52 passes (67.3 percent) for 464 yards, five TDs and one interception in three preseason games. He’s also run for 150 yards on 10 scrambles. Not bad for a guy who just over a year ago was a failing minor league baseball prospect in search of a second chance at football. He found it in Madison, Wis., where he excelled in leading the Badgers back to the Rose Bowl. Perhaps more telling, however, was his presence in the locker room. The North Carolina State transfer was named a captain within weeks of arriving on campus. Wilson’s complete package began winning over Carroll and Schneider before the draft. They took Wilson 75th overall, even though he measured just 5-foot-10 and didn’t posses all sorts of the prototypical features of a NFL QB. They then grew even more impressed in minicamps and over the summer. If Carroll, now 60, vowed to duplicate what he did right at USC in his return trip to the NFL, then there was no way he could sit Wilson in the opener against Arizona. ‘This is an extraordinary kid,’ Carroll said. ‘He just kept knocking us out with what he brought.’ “
Mike Sando of ESPN.com takes a look at the age ranks around the NFL, noting that with the losses of veterans like linebacker Barrett Ruud, offensive tackle Alex Barron, offensive guard Deuce Lutui, and wide receiver Terrell Owens, the Seahawks have gotten younger across the board.
Sando also breaks down where the Seahawks roster stands after their cut to 75 players.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has a look the impressive play of Seattle’s special teams unit last Friday night at Kansas City, recaps the activities surrounding Monday in Hawkville – including a note on the ever-active safety Earl Thomas, and comments on the extraordinary work ethic of Seattle’s newest starting quarterback, Russell Wilson.
Finally, Tony Ventrella of Seahawks.com has his report on Monday’s happenings in our Seahawks Daily.
On a very busy Sunday for the Seahawks, the release of a future Hall of Fame wide receiver was relegated to afterthought status.
But coach Pete Carroll explained the decision to terminate the contract of Terrell Owens during a conference-call interview when he also discussed naming rookie Russell Wilson as the starting quarterback and the trading of incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson to the Bills.
“We really like the group that we’ve assembled,” Carroll said of the wide receivers. “Terrell came in here and busted his tail. He looked really effective right from the start. But as we just took a look at our guys that have come through the program and the guys that are growing up with us, we just thought it would best for us to stay with those guys.”
Those guys are included in the 11 wide receivers who remain on the roster: Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Deon Butler, Kris Durham, Ben Obomanu and Ricardo Lockette. Also in the mix as the Seahawks prepare for Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Raiders at CenturyLink Field, with an eye to the roster cut to 53 players on Friday, are Braylon Edwards, Charly Martin, Jermaine Kearse and Lavasier Tuinei.
“Terrell did everything we could have expected of him,” Carroll said. “He still can run real fast. He’s competitive and we know he’ll make plays.”
But being 38 and not having played since 2010 put Owens in an unfamiliar situation, as well as with a new team for less than three weeks.
“In preseason, if we can imagine a guy who’s played that many years and he’s playing in the second half of preseason games, even though he never budged about it at all, that’s something I’m sure was a challenge for him,” Carroll said. “I just don’t think he had enough time to really get established for us in a way that it made sense to keep him.
“I think he’s an extraordinary guy. He was fantastic with our players. Everybody liked him. He worked hard and got along with everybody. I think he’s uniquely gifted in how he sees the world. He’s been through so much. Few people would be able to understand what he carries with him from his past. Now he is a changed guy, in a sense that he wants to do something really special in these last couple years of his career. I think he’ll do that wherever he winds up.”
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 21.
Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times remembers long-time Seahawks and University of Washington athletics usher George Hickman, who passed away over the weekend at age 88, “George Hickman was kind, compassionate, feisty, thoughtful, but most of all he was genuine. He experienced so many thrilling moments late in his life, and all of us felt as if we shared in his good fortune.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times speculates on whether or not rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will start this week’s preseason game against Kansas City, “Carroll has been very tight-lipped about the process, declining to say after Saturday’s exhibition game in Denver and again on his weekly radio appearance on ESPN 710 Seattle if Wilson will start this week. But that might change Tuesday, as there were multiple indications that Wilson will start at Kansas City on Friday, which would be considered a sharp change of direction given that Matt Flynn started the first two exhibition games.”
O’Neil also has a couple of notes after the Seahawks traded veteran linebacker Barrett Ruud to the New Orleans Saints late yesterday, “The move nets Seattle what the Saints termed an undisclosed draft pick in their announcement of the deal. It also reflects the Seahawks’ confidence in rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner. New Orleans had a need at linebacker after Hawthorne underwent knee surgery this week to repair a damaged meniscus. The Saints’ Curtis Lofton is sidelined with a high ankle sprain.”
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Pete Carroll’s quarterback decision this week could define the early part of the Seahawks’ season, “If it’s an open competition, then Carroll should be intrigued enough with Wilson to want more information about him, and seeing him against Kansas City’s starting defense is a must. But if he’s leaning heavily toward Flynn based on practices and two preseason games, then now is the time to stop trying to push Flynn and start getting him ready for Week 1 against Arizona. I’m fine with whatever Carroll chooses. I’ve already written that he deserves some trust. But if you can’t see that this quarterback battle is odd, then you’re not being honest. Fortunately, the urgency of this week dictates that we’ll receive some clarity, probably on Tuesday.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his take on the Seahawks’ trade of Ruud to the Saints, “Ruud became expendable after the Seahawks drafted Bobby Wagner in the second round, and the rookie from Utah State performed well as Seattle’s starting middle linebacker in the team’s first two exhibition games. The Saints are looking to increase depth at middle linebacker after projected starter Curtis Lofton suffered a high ankle sprain. Former Seahawks stalwart David Hawthorne, projected as New Orleans’ starting weakside linebacker, also had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.”
Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com recaps a segment of “Brock and Salk”in which head coach Pete Carroll joined the show, and says quarterback Matt Flynn’s performance Saturday night at Denver was better than it looked, “Flynn played the first half and finished 6 of 13 for 31 yards. Carroll was pleased with the effort considering the two would-be touchdown passes and the pressure Flynn was under from Denver’s defense. ‘He had two touchdown-opportunity throws that were there, and I think he was 6 for 13, so that makes him 8 for 13 with two touchdowns in the first half. That would have been a fantastic start,’ Carroll said. ‘So we have to be very clear-minded and not emotional and work our way through the film, and we did, and I think he did a nice job under the circumstances. There were a couple opportunities in there that he would like to have back – that’s how that goes. I think he played a solid game and we would have loved to cash in on those two touchdowns.’ “
Mike Sando of ESPN.com takes a look at the number of snaps Seattle’s preseason quarterbacks – Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson – have taken in comparison to other potential starting quarterbacks around the NFC West, “Seattle’s two candidates, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, have taken far more snaps than their peers in the division. Flynn has played full first halves, giving him snaps with the first-team offense. Wilson could get that opportunity when the Seahawks face Kansas City on Friday night, although coach Pete Carroll hasn’t made an announcement yet. NFL teams have traditionally used the third preseason game to get their starters extended playing time for the regular season. Priorities can change for teams without starting quarterbacks in place.”
Sando also revisits a few under-the-radar moves the Seahawks have made, including a look at the added depth along the offensive line, “3. Churning the OL depth. Adding veteran Deuce Lutui in free agency is paying off now that starting left guard John Moffitt is recovering from elbow surgery. Late-round choice J.R. Sweezy is making a surprisingly quickly transition from defensive line to guard. It remains to be seen whether Alex Barron provides value as a swing tackle. Overall, though, the Seahawks appear to have done the right thing by churning the line depth. The situation with Gallery comes to mind especially.”
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com believes the Seahawks’ quarterback battle might be closer than most people think, “It will be hard to bypass Flynn as the starting quarterback, considering his solid play throughout the preseason and the hefty financial investment Seattle made in him. Flynn was recruited to be the franchise quarterback and hasn’t done anything to disappoint thus far. However, Wilson appears to have special skills at the position, and his ability to thrive as a dual threat could be problematic for opponents in the regular season. I expect Flynn to get the first crack at the job when the regular season opens, but if the marquee free agent struggles at any point, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wilson get the call.”
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth tells us what worked and what needs work in Saturday night’s preseason game at Denver in his Monday Metatarsal Musings, and also has a look at one pass that wasn’t caught Saturday night, “Terrell Owens, who had practiced with the Seahawks for the first time only 11 days earlier and had not played in the league since 2010, was a step behind Broncos cornerback Chris Harris as he neared the north end zone. Matt Flynn, making his second start in as many preseason games, threw what might have been his best pass since signing with the Seahawks in free agency in March. But instead of a touchdown 46-yard catch, the ball eluded Owens’ grasp and fell incomplete. With the catch, Flynn would have finished with seven completions in 13 attempts for 77 yards – rather than 31 on 6-of-13 passing. With the catch, Owens would have had one big reception in the five times he was targeted by Flynn. With the catch, the No. 1 offense would have scored its first touchdown of the preseason. With the catch, coach Pete Carroll could have stepped to the podium after the game and discussed the progress that had been made by that No. 1 offense’s passing game in the team’s second preseason game; and the remarkable next step in Owens’ return to the NFL. Instead, Carroll was left to say, “It’s the first big ball he had thrown to him in a long time, and unfortunately it got away from him. That would have been a really big event for us to score on that play in the first half; I think it would have made a difference in how that first half would have gone. ‘It’s unfortunate. But he’s got to get back in action. It’s his first time out there. He’s been very much on point in practice and he’s worked very hard – and he’s caught a lot of deep balls in practice, too. So I know he can make those plays for us. It’s unfortunate we didn’t get it right off the bat. I wish for him, and for everybody, we would have caught that thing.’ “
Farnsworth also looks at the four Seahawks who were selected in Matt Williamson’s Top 200 players in the NFL, “Matt Williamson has released his annual list of the Top 200 players in the NFL at ESPN.com and the Seahawks are represented by four players: defensive end Chris Clemons (No. 105), free safety Earl Thomas (No. 120), running back Marshawn Lynch (No. 131) and defensive end Red Bryant (No. 194).”
Lastly, Farnsworth recaps quarterback Russell Wilson’s impressive stat line through two preseason games, and also has a note on the Seahawks’ impressive team statistics, “As a team, the Seahawks lead the NFL in rushing defense after two games and are third in rushing offense, after running for 228 yards against the Broncos on Saturday night.”
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 17.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times calls Russell Okung one of the most important players to the Seahawks season, and also one that has gone largely unmentioned through training camp, “Left tackle Russell Okung is fine with that. After the way his past two seasons started, he would actually prefer it. He was injured during Seattle’s first exhibition game each of his first two seasons, so when he made it through the opener Saturday unscathed, it seemed like a good time to ask the big man how he was feeling. He wasn’t interested in answering that question. At least not on the record. It’s a pinch of the old-school approach Okung has taken, choosing to be seen as opposed to heard when it comes to the media. But take it from someone who knows, Okung is a reason to smile so far this year. ‘He has done a fine job,’ offensive line coach Tom Cable said. ‘I’m looking for him to just keep building on it now that he’s kind of accepted the responsibility of playing left tackle and what comes with it.’ “
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune relays information from head coach Pete Carroll that wide receiver Terrell Owens will play this weekend at Denver, “Carroll chose to keep Owens out of last week’s exhibition opener against Tennessee because he felt the veteran receiver was not in game condition after only a few practices. However, Owens is in much better shape this week, putting together several highlight plays over the past two days and showing his trademark running ability after the catch. Owens will play on an NFL field for the first time since the 2010 season, and little more than a year after having ACL knee surgery.”
Scott Garbarini of The Sports Network has a preseason preview of Saturday night’s matchup with the Denver Broncos.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald catches up with defensive back Roy Lewis, who he says wants to take on a bigger role with the defense, “In preparation for the 2012 season, however, Lewis has been a regular on defense as the team’s No. 1 nickel back, and is playing ahead of veteran Marcus Trufant, who was released in the offseason then re-signed specifically to play nickel. ‘Roy has been playing that position for some time,’ Carroll said. ‘He is ahead of everybody else in the learning and the understanding. If you notice, Roy won’t play very much this week in preparation. We know what he can do and we want to see what other guys can do. … That was a one of the major focuses (this week) — to give guys a chance in the competition to show what they can do.’ “
Tim Booth of the Associated Press has his story on Terrell Owens’ debut in Denver, “Owens arrived in camp in excellent shape and has looked impressive at times during practice. But if he’s to make the Seahawks’ final roster, Owens will need to show in a game that he’s fully recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the NFL for the entire 2011 season. Saturday against the Broncos will be his first NFL game action since Week 15 of the 2010 season with Cincinnati. Owens went without a catch in that final game against Cleveland. ‘He’s ready to go,’ Carroll said. ‘He had two good weeks of work, and he came in in great shape so he’s ready to go.’ “
Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com has his notes from the final day of Bing Training Camp yesterday, “Matt Flynn took snaps with the number one offense as he prepares to start the first half at Denver in Saturday night’s second pre-season game. Flynn and that unit had one tough series during 11 on 11 drills. Matt’s first pass intended for Kellen Winslow was swatted away by Richard Sherman. Marshawn Lynch was stuffed on a running play by Leroy Hill. Flynn was sacked on the third down pass play. And Steven Haushka missed a 40 yard field goal try.”
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his practice notes from yesterday’s camp finale, including a thought on the receiving corps, “Owens, WR Braylon Edwards, WR Ricardo Lockette and WR Deon Butler appear to be in the thick of competition for the remaining spots with WR Kris Durham, WR Charly Martin, WR Phil Bates, WR Lavasier Tuniei and WR Jermaine Kearse appearing to be longer shots at this point. If the team elects to keep both Edwards and Owens, they could short themselves on special teams as neither will likely play on that unit. It creates an interesting situation from a roster perspective. The remaining three preseason games should help make the position somewhat clearer.”
The staff at SportsPressNW.com has their report from the final day of camp and says the Seahawks have a lot of questions to answer at the wide receiver position, “The Seahawks have considerable sorting to do at the receiving spots, with only Doug Baldwin, last year’s catch leader with 51, a healthy starter available so far for the season opener. Naturally, Carroll saw the glass half full. ‘We’re still in the midst of this thing,’ he said. ‘I like our group a lot. We’ve become even more competitive and more experienced with the guys that have come in. We don’t have to do anything right now, just keep giving these guys opportunities in practice and games and add it all up at the end. It’s a really good position group for us right now. To have a guy like Doug Baldwin is just a blessing.’ “
Doug Farrar of YahooSports.com details young quarterbacks who are starting to emerge in QB battles around the League, including Russell Wilson, “Wilson’s improvement has been graphic through minicamps and into training camp, but as Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith recently told Shutdown Corner, it wasn’t always so. ‘Really, he’s working through a lot of things,’ Smith said. ‘Rookie minicamp, he threw eight picks, okay? But he’s whittling away at a huge mountain of little things, and he’s doing it at a terrific pace. Working in the classroom, working on the field, and he keeps chopping [the problems] off. I’m really happy with his work ethic.’ “
Mike Sando of ESPN.com says there is much at stake for wide receiver Terrell Owens in his Seahawks debut at Denver, “Forget about 10 receptions for 220 yards. We should instead watch to see how aggressively Owens plays, whether he’s a willing blocker, whether he catches the ball well, and how much he plays. Owens has always been a competitor. He has responded well in practice after watching Braylon Edwards, his primary competition for a roster spot, score a touchdown and generally play well against Tennessee last week. Owens was not active for that game, but he knows the stakes. He was fortunate to get an opportunity from Seattle, and must capitalize on the chance.”
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his Camp Carroll wrap-up, ” ‘The camp work that we set out to do, the things that we hoped to accomplish, I think we’ve really knocked it all in,’ Carroll said. ‘We’ve seen a bunch of guys; we’ve gotten a lot of information on our young guys. These next few weeks of games will be very important. But as far as the camp process – understanding how these guys learn, do they fit, kind of starting the process of developing roles for them because you know what they can do – all of that is moving.’ “
Farnsworth also passes out his camp honors, naming the best rookie of Bing Training Camp as Robert Turbin, “First-round draft choice Bruce Irvin, second-rounder Bobby Wagner and Wilson got – and deserve – mention. But Turbin, the fourth-round pick out of Utah State, was drafted to fill the need for a physical back to spell Lynch. Turbin looks, and runs, the part.”
Lastly from Farnsworth, he has his final ‘Hawkville‘ post of training camp.
Greg Scruggs sits down with Seahawks.com and recaps his camp experience, life in Seattle, and passion for playing the drums, “I didn’t want anything to do with football [in high school]. Drumming was my thing. I had been doing it since I was 10 years old, and I was good at it. I was more popular than the football players because of my drumming.”
Finally, Tony Ventrella wraps up camp in his Seahawks Daily as he catches up with safety Earl Thomas, wide receiver Golden Tate, and cornerback Richard Sherman.
A recap of the activities on the final day of Bing training camp for Aug. 16:
Camp breaks. The Seahawks’ third training camp under coach Pete Carroll officially broke after this morning’s practice. It’s just that’s hard to tell, because things won’t change much even with camp over.
The players will continue to practice only once a day, under the new guidelines in the CBA that ended last year’s 136-day lockout. They will do it at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. And many of the players will continue to live in the hotel all the players called home during camp.
The grind of two-a-day practices in draining heat, living in a dorm room at Eastern Washington University and then beating a hasty retreat from Cheney on this day are just a memory – and then only for the players who have been around long enough to remember it.
“Camp is camp,” cornerback Marcus Trufant said as he was leaving the field at the conclusion of his 10th training camp. “It’s always going to be hard work. It’s been work, but this year’s camp is a little bit different.
“I don’t think the young guys are really able to appreciate it. But a guy like me, who’s seen a few training camps, it’s been a good deal for us. It really works out in the players’ favor, so I think it’s pretty big time for the young players.”
Like J.R. Sweezy, the rookie who was making the transition from college defensive tackle to NFL guard in his first NFL camp.
“I never got to be a part of the old stuff,” Sweezy said. “But this was good. We got our rest at night, came ready to go the next day and we got everything out of the day. So it was a good schedule.”
One the players basically will continue to follow even though camp has officially ended.
Terrell Owens. Despite having practiced with the team only six times, the 38-year-old wide receiver is scheduled to play in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Broncos in Denver.
“He’s going to play some. He’s ready to go,” Carroll said. “He had two good weeks of work and he came in great shape, so he’s going to play some. I’m not going to say how many plays that will be; we’ll see how it goes. But he’s going to play early in the game.”
Owens caught a half dozen passes today, including one where he got behind Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner and another where he fought his way through being jammed by rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane.
Owens is playing flanker, although Carroll has said he’d also like to look at the 6-foot-3, 224-pound Owens as a possible replacement Mike Williams at split end.
PLAYS OF THE DAYS
Offense: Rookie wide receiver Phil Bates making a falling, fingertip grab of a Tarvaris Jackson pass along the sideline despite tight coverage from cornerback Byron Maxwell.
Defense: Trufant, who was lined up as the nickel back, tipping a Josh Portis pass that was intended for wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas then intercepted the deflection.
Special teams: After an uncharacteristically rough day Wednesday, Steven Hauschka hit each of his four field goals attempts in the special teams portion of practice – including a 43-yarder.
Pre-practice: While the players are stretching, several of the assistant coaches use to time to see if they can put a pass into a trash can that is roughly 25 yards away. Today, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell “canned” one. Bevell was a four-starter starter at quarterback for the University of Wisconsin.
Former USC center Kris O’Dowd was signed after being given a tryout yesterday and was on the field for today’s practice. The club needs another center because right guard John Moffitt, who has been working as the backup center, and incumbent backup Lemuel Jeanpierre are sidelined with elbow and groin injuries.
Rookie Rishaw Johnson will backup starter Max Unger against the Broncos on Saturday night.
“Kris is a good, smart, tough football player,” Carroll said. “When you work a guy out, there’s a lot of stuff you don’t know. But about this guy in particular, he played as a freshman for us, so I know everything there is to know about the kid. So we’ll see if he fits.
“Right now, he’s an emergency guy for us.”
O’Dowd signed with the Cardinals last year but was released in September. He spent time with the Jets this spring before being released in May.
To clear a spot on the 90-man roster for O’Dowd, rookie kicker Carson Wiggs was released for the second time this camp.
IN ’N OUT
Wide receiver Golden Tate, tight end Anthony McCoy and defensive end Pierre Allen returned to practice today, but defensive linemen Jason Jones and Pep Levingston and wide receiver Ben Obomanu did not practice.
Still sidelined: Tight end Zach Miller, who got a concussion in the preseason opener; tight end Cameron Morrah, defensive end Cordarro Law, linebackers Matt McCoy, Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan, cornerbacks Ron Parker and Walter Thurmond, and offensive lineman James Carpenter, as well as Moffitt and Jeanpierre.
ANYBODY KNOW THE DOMINGUEZ HIGH FIGHT SONG?
The second-year duo of cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Jeron Johnson also were teammates at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif. It’s just that Johnson wasn’t playing the same position he is now.
“He played middle linebacker for us,” Sherman said.
The 5-10, now 212-pound Johnson playing middle linebacker? No he didn’t.
“Yes he did,” Sherman said. “Our whole back seven was the same size. We were all about 6-1, 6-2; 175. We were just fast and played nothing but man coverage.”
The players will practice tomorrow morning before the team flies to Denver for Saturday night’s preseason game. The players will be off on Sunday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I think I like ‘Legion of Boom.’ Because they play that ‘Here Comes the Boom’ song in the stadium, and we always act like they’re talking to us.” – Sherman, when asked which of the nicknames that have been hung on the secondary he likes best
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 16.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a look at the importance of the tall, rangy, physical cornerback in head coach Pete Carroll’s defense, and specifically looks at Richard Sherman, who Carroll tried to recruit out of high school to play corner, ” ‘He [Carroll] said I was the perfect size for a lockdown corner,’ Sherman said. So naturally, Sherman went to Stanford to catch passes instead of defend them, but six years and one position switch later, Carroll’s first impression is looking more like a prophecy. Standing 6 feet 3, Sherman is one half of a cornerback tandem that is notable for both its length and its strength. And if you’re looking for the key to what is considered one of the NFL’s rising young defenses, best start on the outside with Brandon Browner and Sherman. ‘This system is always really corner-oriented,’ Carroll said. ‘In college, I always wanted to be ‘Corner U’ because when you can have the ability to do the things we do with those corners, it allows us to do a lot of other things defensively.’ “
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his story on Braylon Edwards, who has made an early impact in practice and in the preseason as a threat at wide receiver, “With 13 receivers on the roster, Seattle receivers coach Kippy Brown is in charge of getting each a fair look; rotating receivers through a scripted session for each practice, with specific plays in mind for each player. ‘Like any good player, he just has to get comfortable with the offense,’ Brown said of Edwards. ‘But that will come with time. And he’s already shown good playmaking ability, and we’re pleased with that.’ One player with whom Edwards has developed a nice rapport is starting quarterback Matt Flynn. The duo connected on several deep plays and red-zone touchdowns during training camp, and Edwards appears to be a target whom Flynn seeks out under duress. ‘He’s a big receiver, good hands, good route-runner – so there’s not much to not like there,’ Flynn said. ‘He’s done a very nice job. He’s making a lot of plays for us, and especially down the field. He’s a big threat because he’s a big, athletic kind of guy. And he has great concentration.’ “
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune has his notes from Wednesday’s practice, “Asked to pick a story of the day, I’d say that Terrell Owens looked as if he’s getting his legs under him and feeling more comfortable. He pulled in a nice completion against Richard Sherman on a little in-and-out route during one-on-one drills, and later grabbed two touchdown passes in team (2s v. 2s) from Russell Wilson. The first score reflected well on both of them; the play appeared on the verge of breaking down, but Wilson stepped up and Owens found a spot open near the back of the end zone. He also caught a long touchdown from Wilson. On the same Veteran Receiver front, Braylon Edwards had an eye-catching one-handed grab of a poorly thrown pass during skeleton drills.
Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com has his notes from Wednesday as the ‘Hawks wrapped up the portion of their training camp that was open to the public, “As we were told by Carroll on Tuesday, Matt Flynn took most of the snaps with the first-unit offense. He missed a couple throws in the first 11-on-11 series, but wound up connecting on a crossing route to Ricardo Lockette and Ben Obomanu. Later in practice, Flynn play-faked to a running back, bought time and completed a 60-yard strike to Obomanu just over the reach of cornerback Jeremy Lane. Russell Wilson also found Terrell Owens on a 52-yard bomb during his 11-on-11 drills. Two defensive backs appeared ready to make a play on the ball, but backed off near the goal line. Wilson also hit T.O. in the back of the end zone for another score against the second-unit defense. Kellen Winslow had a fine day receiving, as did fellow tight end Cooper Helfet, a rookie from Duke University. Three other tight ends were not in pads due to injuries: Zach Miller has a mild concussion, Anthony McCoy and Cameron Morrah leg problems.”
Liz Matthews of mynorthwest.com answers the question of whether or not Tarvaris Jackson is still in the competition at quarterback, “Seahawks incumbent starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson continues to take reps with the first-team offense, but has yet to make an appearance in a preseason game. Carroll announced Tuesday that Matt Flynn will get the start Saturday in Denver, with rookie Russell Wilson to follow in the second half. Carroll did say, however, that Jackson remains firmly in the competition. ‘Yes, absolutely he is,’ Carroll said. ‘Really this is just the way I’ve chosen to do it, I’m banking on the 18 games we’ve seen him. He knows the offense; he knows what is going on. And I watched him play last year practicing one day a week for five weeks and he can function. So I’m using all of that information to allow us the opportunity to see all of the other guys.’ “
At ESPN.com Damien Woody and Jerry Rice offer their opinion on how things might shake out in the Seahawks quarterback competition in this short video.
John Breech of CBSSports.com takes a stab at projecting the Seahawks’ final 53-man roster.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth catches up with 2012 second-round draft pick Bobby Wagner, who impressed in his first NFL action last Saturday against the Titans, “The more the coaches have seen of Wagner, the better they’ve like him. And the more Wagner sees, the better he’ll be able to play the pivotal position in the base defense – where he makes the calls in the huddle before the play, makes adjustments based on what he sees prior to the snap and then tries to take away the middle after the snap. ‘The game was a little faster than I expected,’ Wagner said. ‘But after the first couple snaps, I kind of calmed myself down and everything was moving normal speed. So I just had to pick up what the offense was trying to do.’ “
Farnsworth also has his fan-focused Hawkville, after 20,841 12th Man faithful came out to enjoy the 13 open practices at Bing Training Camp, “…the players appreciated you being here. It’s one thing to run out of the tunnel at CenturyLink Field to the roar of 66,000-plus on game day. But to get a rousing reception from a thousand or more die-hards on a Wednesday morning, that’s special, too. ‘The fans help,’ right tackle Breno Giacomini said. ‘If you don’t get excited for that, then something’s wrong with you. You should probably be playing golf somewhere. I like having the fans at practice. It’s a good environment, a game-like environment for practice.’ After practice, Giacomini was one of the players who “worked the fence” – signing autographs, chatting with fans, posing for picture. ‘It’s good, man. The 12th Man is really good, and we use it to our advantage. So whenever we can give back, we do,’ he said. ‘These kids love it, just as much as I did when I was growing up.’ “
In his Seahawks Daily, Tony Ventrella has a look at quarterback Matt Flynn, who is set to start Saturday’s preseason game at the Denver Broncos, and catches up with veteran linebacker Leroy Hill and offensive tackle Russell Okung.
Seahawks long snapper Clint Gresham takes a few moments to share his camp experience with Seahawks.com.
Our fantasy writer Scott Engel of rotoexperts.com has a look at Seahawks tight ends as they relate to fantasy football in 2012.
A recap of the activities at the Seahawks’ Bing training camp for Aug. 15:
The fans. They came by the bus loads. Day after day. Practice after practice. Weekends. Week days. It didn’t seem to matter. They packed the berm adjacent to the practices field at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. They lined the fence that separates the berm from the fields. They cheered the big plays, and even the not so big. They coaxed players into autographing everything from footballs, to jerseys, to body parts.
After today’s practice, the berm fell silent.
The last of the 13 training-camp practices open to the public attracted a crowd of 1,325 fans, pushing the total for camp to 20,841.
And the players appreciated you being here. It’s one thing to run out of the tunnel at CenturyLink Field to the roar of 66,000-plus on game day. But to get a rousing reception from a thousand or more die-hards on a Wednesday morning, that’s special, too.
“The fans help,” right tackle Breno Giacomini said. “If you don’t get excited for that, then something’s wrong with you. You should probably be playing golf somewhere.
“I like having the fans at practice. It’s a good environment, a game-like environment for practice.”
After practice, Giacomini was one of the players who “worked the fence” – signing autographs, chatting with fans, posing for picture.
“It’s good, man. The 12th Man is really good, and we use it to our advantage. So whenever we can give back, we do,” he said. “These kids love it, just as much as I did when I was growing up.”
Giacomini has grown into a 6-foot-7, 318-pound beast of a blocker. But he still knows his place.
Asked how it felt to have the fans yelling and cheering for him, he said, “Well, they’re not screaming for me. They’re screaming for us.”
Right on cue, quarterback Matt Flynn also stepped away from the fence so he could fulfill his post-practice interview duties. The fans erupted with shouts of, “Matt. Matt. Matt.”
Giacomini smiled and shrugged before offering, “See what I mean. But it’s all good.”
Quarterback. How did Flynn learn that will be the starting quarterback in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Broncos in Denver?
“I’m finding out along with you guys,” Flynn told reporters after practice, adding that he heard the news on the radio. “I found out from you guys before I found out from anybody else yesterday. So I’m just going where they tell me to go and doing the best I can.”
Flynn starting for the second consecutive week is part of coach Pete Carroll’s grand plan to determine which of three QBs will start the Sept. 9 regular-season opener. In addition to Flynn, there’s also incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson and rookie Russell Wilson. But Flynn is not privy to the details of that plan.
He’s more concerned with the game plan for the Broncos. Flynn completed 11 of 13 passes in the preseason opener against the Titans, producing 71 passing yards and three points as “we took what the defense gave us,” he said.
What does he hope to improve on against the Broncos?
“Everything. That’s what preseason is for, that’s what this (practice) is for. We have to improve on everything,” said Flynn, who then rattled through a mental to-do improvement list that included the running game, passing game, protection, route running and accuracy throwing.
“Just everything as an offense, everything that makes an offense go we’ve got to improve on.”
Third down. The Seahawks converted six of 12 third-down situations against the Titans on Saturday night – two of five in the first half under Flynn; four of seven in the second half under Wilson.
But in the final full-team segment of practice today, Wilson had his third-down mojo working on a 10-play, 65-yard drive that ended with his 6-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens. Wilson passed to Kris Durham for 16 yards on third-and-10, and then hooked up with Charly Martin for 17 yards on a third-and-8 play. The TD pass? It came on third-and-goal.
PLAYS OF THE DAY
Defense: You had to be an early bird to catch this one, as cornerback Phillip Adams continued his impressive week of practice by taking the ball from the hands of Braylon Edwards in the end zone for another interception (Adams had two on Tuesday).
Offense: Another early highlight that stood the test of the rest of practice, as rookie wide receiver Phil Bates grabbed and controlled a pass that had been tipped by cornerback Bryon Maxwell – and did it while falling out of bounds, but making sure his feet were inbounds.
Special teams: Rookie Carson Wiggs kicked a 49-yard field goal on the final play of practice.
IN ’N OUT
The number of players watching practice grew to 14, as offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre, wide receiver Golden Tate, tight ends Anthony McCoy and Cameron Morrah and linebacker Mike Morgan joined those already sidelined – linebackers Matt McCoy and Malcolm Smith, defensive ends Cordarro Law and Pierre Allen, cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Ron Parker, tight end Zach Miller and offensive linemen James Carpenter and John Moffitt.
But Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson and safety Jeron Johnson returned after sitting out Tuesday.
PASSING THE BATON
In honor of the scorch marks doled out by Usain Bolt and the other members of Jamaican 4×100 relay team at the London Olympics, we asked wide receiver Ricardo Lockette to compile a 400-meter relay team for the Seahawks.
Lockette’s credentials: He was the NCAA Division II 200-meter champion in 2008 in a time of 20.6 seconds, but has a PR of 20.3; has run the 100-meter dash in 10.0 seconds; and tied for the third-fastest 40-yard dash (4.37 seconds) at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, but has a PR of 4.26.
“If he had stuck with track, he would have been at the (U.S. Olympic) Trials this year,” said Tyree Price, Lockette’s track coach at Fort Valley State.
Lockette’s selections for the Seahawks’ 4×100, in order of how they would run: Leon Washington, to Jeremy Lane, to Deon Butler, to Lockette.
Camp will break following a morning practice tomorrow. The team will fly to Denver after practice on Friday for Saturday night’s preseason game against the Broncos.
YOU DON’T SAY
“You’ve all seen him out here. He’s fast. It looks like he hasn’t lost a step; it looks like he’s gained a step.” – Flynn on the 38-year-old Owens, who is beginning his week with the team
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 15.
The big news coming out of camp yesterday was that Seahawks free agent acquisition Matt Flynn will be given the start at quarterback in Saturday’s second preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will see playing time as well, as coach Pete Carroll announced a quarterback plan similar to the team’s preseason opener against Tennessee. Incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson may not play this weekend, but still remains in the quarterback competition according to Carroll.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has his story on the quarterback situation, including comments from Carroll on the differences between Flynn and Wilson, “Carroll said he considered starting Wilson at Denver to give the rookie the same kind of opportunity Flynn got a week ago against Tennessee. Flynn getting another start shows how the coaches have evaluated the pair so far. ‘Matt has done a really good job of commanding all of this stuff,’ Carroll said. ‘He understands the game in great depth, he gives us a veteran presence, even though he hasn’t had a lot of starting time. He recognizes the defense … It’s still a challenge for Russell to catch up with that stuff. He’s battling to get that done, and there’s a difference right now.’ “
O’Neil also has a look at wide receiver Sidney Rice, who was no longer wearing a red practice jersey Tuesday, but instead a white one – a sign that he is ready for some contact, “The green grass stain on the front of his uniform was an even more obvious sign he’s ready for some contact. ‘I had to try to simulate some gamelike situations,’ Rice said. Rice won’t play in Saturday’s exhibition game at Denver, but his practice regimen is a sign of progress and that he may be ready when the regular season begins. ‘This is his first week back getting banged around, so we’ll give him some time,’ coach Pete Carroll said.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune, who asks if Seattle’s latest QB-plan means Tarvaris Jackson is on his way out of Seattle, “In what some people might consider a cruel twist, Jackson worked with the starters Tuesday, just as he did the previous Tuesday. Carroll said his team will not begin game preparation for the Broncos until today’s practice. So is Jackson’s time in Seattle coming to a close? Carroll says no – for now. ‘He’s still in the competition,’ Carroll said. ‘He absolutely is. This is the way I’ve just chosen to do it, that I’m banking on the 18 games I’ve seen him. He knows the offense. He knows what’s going on. And I watched him play last year, practicing one day a week for five weeks, and he could function. So I’m using all that information to allow us the opportunity to see these other guys.’ “
John Boyle of the Everett Herald discusses where Tarvaris Jackson fits in the Seahawks’ latest plans at quarterback.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press has his story on the ‘Hawks quarterback situation, “Apparently left out of the rotation is incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson, who took all the reps with the No. 1 offense as Seattle (No. 22 in the AP Pro32) returned to practice on Tuesday, but will be shuffled to the end of the line and may see extremely limited action, if any, against the Broncos. Carroll again repeated that the Seahawks need to learn more about Flynn and Wilson, having seen Jackson for all of last season. But when asked why not start the rookie third-round pick out of Wisconsin against the Broncos, Carroll made clear that Flynn has the lead. “I think this is the right way to do it. I think this is where they sit right now,” Carroll said.”
The staff at SportsPressNW.com have their report from Tuesday’s practice.
Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com has his notes from Tuesday’s practice, including a thought on the wide receiver corps, “Carroll was pleased to see a full receiving core on the field today. Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette were both in contact drills after missing Saturday night’s game. Sidney Rice was not wearing the red jersey, which means he is cleared for full practice. Rice will not play in this weekend’s Denver game. The coach says there’s a chance Terrell Owens will play against the Broncos. T.O. displayed his work ethic today when he ran pass routes on the sideline even when he wasn’t supposed to be on the field.”
Michael Simeona of mynorthwest.com recaps a segment of “Bob and Groz” in which quarterback Matt Flynn joined the show and found out he had just been named the starting quarterback Saturday against Denver, ” ‘I think all three of us are doing a very good job of not letting [the competition] effect the way we play on the field and the way we prepare,’ Flynn said Tuesday. ‘It’s been a good competition so far and I think all three of us are getting a lot out of it.’ “
Mike Sando of ESPN.com says it’s still Matt Flynn’s job to lose at quarterback, “The early signs on Flynn and Wilson have been encouraging. Flynn was generally efficient working with the first-team offense against the Titans. He got rid of the ball quickly most of the time and appeared comfortable. Wilson played with greater flair, dazzling with a 32-yard touchdown run. He moved with purpose, threw with velocity and also appeared comfortable.”
NFL.com released an updated power rankings Tuesday afternoon, and the Seahawks have climbed two spots to No. 17 on the list, “The secondary looked good against Tennessee in Week 1 of the preseason. Former Titan Jason Jones helps shape a solid front four for Seattle. Ah, but the linebackers are the question mark, especially in a division with the run-focused 49ers and Rams. Second-round pick Bobby Wagner could start alongside Leroy Hill and K.J. Wright. Those guys are going to have to play ball for the Seahawks to have any hope in the NFC West.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth details Matt Flynn earning the starting role for the second straight week, and offers his thoughts on Tarvaris Jackson, “Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and quarterbacks coach Carl Smith already have a read on Jackson. He started 14 games last season, after being signed in free agency, and played much of the season with a damaged pectoral in his throwing shoulder. Flynn and Russell joined the team in March and April, respectively. ‘Tarvaris has played a lot of football for us,’ Carroll said. ‘We have to give somewhere here, so we’re giving that. We understand what kind of player Tarvaris is. He’s in great shape. He’s studied hard. He’s ready to go. We’re just banking that he’ll be able to hold on to his level of play without two weeks of playing time and playing in the game. The emphasis right now is to get Matt and Russell their playtime again so we can really get another big body of knowledge and information from them.’ “
The focus of Tuesday’s ‘Hawkville’ is cornerback Phillip Adams, the third-year cornerback from South Carolina State, “Hard work pays off…All he did in today’s two-hour, 15-minute practice was intercept not just one but two passes. On the first, rookie linebacker Korey Toomer tipped a Russell Wilson pass near the goal line and Adams controlled the carom as he was falling to the turf. On the second, Adams locked in on a pass shortly after it left Matt Flynn’s hand and was able to get to the ball before wide receiver Kris Durham. ‘We go out here and we practice hard every day,’ Adams said. ‘We just continue to work at it every day. You have to be confident as a player, and this whole defense is confident.’ “
Rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner tells us all about his first NFL game day experience.
Lastly, Tony Ventrella has a recap of Tuesday’s Bing Training Camp activities in his Seahawks Daily video feature.
A recap of the activities at the Seahawks’ Bing training camp for Aug. 9:
Depth. Three starters did not participate in today’s two-hour practice, but it was difficult to tell because the backups who stepped in also stepped up.
Veteran guard Deuce Lutui, who was signed in free agency, took over at right guard for John Moffitt. Third-year cornerback Phillip Adams was at right cornerback for Brandon Browner. Veteran defensive lineman Jason Jones, another free agent addition, was the three-technique tackle spot for Alan Branch.
“That’s one of our key things in training camp, to develop depth,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “Look what happened last year at corner, we lose a couple guys so some younger guys have to step up. So we know those things are going to happen.”
Last year, after veteran cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond were lost to season-ending injuries, rookie Richard Sherman took over on the left side and played well enough that he remains the starter. When since-departed leading tackler David Hawthorne couldn’t play in the opener, rookie K.J. Wright started and played so well that the coaches decided he had to play more – so former first-round draft choice Aaron Curry was traded to the Raiders to open the strong-side spot for Wright.
“That’s great when younger guys can do that, and that was the case today,” Bradley said.
Bradley has been waiting to see more of Adams – and from Adams – and today it was with the starters.
“We’re putting a lot on his plate,” Bradley said. “And so far he’s handling it. We always tell the guys, ‘The more that you can do. It just makes your value go up.’ ”
Korey Toomer. The fifth-round draft choice from Idaho has been toiling in the shadows of first-round pick Bruce Irvin, a blur of a pass-rusher; and second-round pick Bobby Wagner, who is pushing to be the starting middle linebacker.
But Toomer is beginning to show that he also is worth keeping an eye on in Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Titans at CenturyLink Field. Today, he flashed as a pass rusher, forcing Matt Flynn to scramble, flushing Josh Portis from the pocket and also getting to Portis for what would have been a sack. Toomer stopped rookie running back Robert Turbin after a 2-yard gain. He was all over a short completion to running back Kregg Lumpkin. He basically was a wrench in the rhythm the offense was trying to establish.
“He’s a guy that’s just learning,” Bradley said of Toomer. “He’s playing multiple positions. We’re stretching him, just to see what he can handle. You’re seeing flashes from him. Some things he does really well, some things he’s a ways away.
“But he’ll keep getting better.”
PLAYS DU JOUR
Offense: We went into practice determined to not write anything more about Terrell Owens, who has dominated camp coverage since being signed on Monday. But the future Hall of Fame wide receiver canned that plan on the final play of only his second practice with the team.
Owens went over Trufant to tip a pass from rookie QB Russell Wilson in the end zone and then controlled the ball as he was falling out of bounds against tight coverage. Touché, Terrell.
“Terrell made a great catch,” Wilson said. “He came down with the football, and that’s the main thing.”
But with Owens, it’s obviously not the only thing.
“It is kind of surreal that I get to play with Terrell Owens,” Wilson said. “Obviously he’s a very, very talented receiver and I grew up watching a lot of his games. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He comes in to work every single day and he’s doing a great job.”
Defense: Let’s go with the first two plays of practice, as Brandon Mebane – yes, 311-pound nose tackle Brandon Mebane – was all over Flynn’s screen pass to Marshawn Lynch and then veteran linebacker Leroy Hill got to Turbin several yards behind the line of scrimmage.
Bradley saluted the double-whammy by yelling, “Two-for-two, men. That’s two-for-two.”
IN ’N OUT
Tight end Kellen Winslow and linebacker Jameson Konz returned to practice. Winslow’s practice time is being monitored because of a chronic knee situation, while Konz was back after missing several days to rest a sore knee.
Sitting out, in addition to Browner, Moffitt and Branch: wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette; tight end Cameron Morrah; linebackers Matt McCoy and Allen Bradford; and offensive lineman James Carpenter and Thurmond, who remain on the physically unable to perform list.
LANE’S OLYMPIC MOMENT
Rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane, a sixth-round draft choice from Northwestern (La.) State, has a signature move when the players move from pre-practice stretching to their first drill. He pops a flip, in shoulder pads and a helmet.
“I just like to do it to checkout my legs,” he said. “If I get real high, I feel my legs are fresh and it just starts my day.”
He started flipping out during practice last season, after a friend did it and encouraged Lane to give it a shot.
“He said, ‘You’ve got a high vertical. Just try it,” Lane said. “I trusted him. I stood there and I just flipped. I’ve been doing it ever since.”
But there’s nothing like that first time.
“It was very scary the first time,” he said, smiling. “My football career could have been over. But after I did it once I wasn’t scared anymore. I just got better and better at it.”
The players will practice on Friday, their final tune-up before Saturday night’s preseason opener. After the game, they will get their third off day of camp on Sunday.
JOIN THE CROWD
A crowd of 1,812 fans watched today’s practice. Only two more practices are open to the public before camp breaks next Thursday – those next Tuesday and Wednesday. You can register here to attend.
JOHN MOFFITT, TRAFFIC REPORTER
You may have heard that state routes 520 and 167 will be closed this weekend, but you haven’t really heard until you watch this advisory from Moffitt.
Because of the closures, traffic will be heavier than usual on I-5 and I-90, so the club is asking fans heading to the game to plan accordingly.
STUFF THE BUS
Fans attending Saturday’s game are asked to bring backpacks stuffed with school supplies for the team’s annual Stuff the Bus drive to benefit Communities In Schools of Seattle. Your donations will be distributed to students at 32 schools.
“Seahawks All Access” returns tonight on Root Sports. The weekly show that features player interviews and analysis from Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon airs at 10:30 tonight and will be replayed Saturday at 5 p.m. The first show spotlights defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Golden Tate.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of hearing it. I hear so much negative stuff about me it’s kind of good to hear some positive stuff sometimes. I think that’s what separates me from a normal defensive end; I’m real fast and explosive.” – Irvin, when asked if he ever tires of hearing people gush about his speed off the edge as a pass rusher
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 9.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says Terrell Owens’ first practice in a Seahawks uniform yesterday looked like a strong first step back into the NFL, “Owens is a veteran being given a chance that isn’t unlike Franco Harris got in Seattle. The former Steelers running back was a pretty big deal when he showed up in 1984, signed after Curt Warner suffered a season-ending knee injury. ‘We were desperate,’ said John Nordstrom, the Seahawks’ former owner. ‘It wasn’t clear whether Franco could still play.’ And how long did it take to see that Harris no longer had it? ‘About 20 minutes,’ Nordstrom said. After 20 minutes of watching Owens on Wednesday, it looked like a player just getting started, not someone winding down.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has comments from wide receivers coach Kippy Brown on Owens’ first practice, “Owens lined up at flanker with the second unit – shadowing Sidney Rice – and not at split end, where Golden Tate, Braylon Edwards, Kris Durham and others are competing for the starting spot opposite Rice. ‘He’s a playmaker, and that’s what he’s here for,’ Seattle receivers coach Kippy Brown said about Owens. ‘And he got the opportunity and made a couple plays. That was positive. He’s still learning. He’s been here a couple days, and he’s got a lot to learn about our offense. But for the first day, he came out and was able to play pretty well.’ “
Tim Booth of the Associated Press has a look at Owens’ first day back in the NFL, with comments from quarterback Matt Flynn, “Owens did have a few highlights during his first day. He beat rookie Jeremy Lane down the sideline and caught a perfect toss from Matt Flynn for a 35-yard reception, juggling the ball briefly before pulling it in to his stomach as he fell to the ground. He followed that with a quick slant across the middle on another strike from Flynn. ‘Once you get out there and you snap the ball and you’re going against the defense, you just see a helmet running out there,’ Flynn said. ‘You’re not thinking this is T.O. or whatever, you get out there and see a receiver and getting open.’ “
John Boyle of the Everett Herald offers his take on Owens’ first practice session, “Owens got his welcome-back moment early courtesy of cornerback Brandon Browner, who rode Owens into the ground after the receiver tried to beat press coverage by going through Browner. ‘He tried to run through me, and I’m a big guy,’ Browner explained. ‘That’s something that’ll work on somebody that’s smaller.’ But Owens, who worked mostly at flanker with the second-team offense, also had a few highlight moments. A juggling catch on a deep pass down the sideline drew big cheers from the crowd, which not surprisingly was one of this training camp’s largest. And while Owens was the center of attention for fans and media on Wednesday, he insists he is only interested in being a team player this time around. ‘I’m here to compete for a job just like the rest of the guys,’ he said. ‘I have to earn my spot on this team like everyone else. I understand that.’ “
Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com recaps a Wednesday segment of “Bob and Groz” in which Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable joined the show, “For me, it’s been night and day,’ Cable said of this summer compared to last. ‘You think about trying to plug two rookies in last year was one set of problems, but then putting in a whole new system. It was similar to what Alex Gibbs had done when he came, but he and I don’t have the same terminology and he and I don’t coach the same way. So … everybody kind of had to start over. And so without having OTAs and the offseason it was really kind of a tough period. But it is what it is. We got through it and finally got off our tails and got to blocking somebody, but it took too long. This year we’ve gotten ahead of it a little bit because of the offseason.’ “
Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com has his notes from Wednesday’s practice, “Owens surprised many by how lean and tall he is. He ran another crisp crossing route, and also battled Richard Sherman to grab a timing pattern on the sideline. Flynn looked sharp in his role as quarterback of the No. 1 offense. He scrambled away from pressure and found Golden Tate on a deep sideline pattern. Russell Wilson faced lots of pressure from the No. 1 defense as he led the second-team offense in 11-on-11 drills. Wilson did have a nice improvised shuffle pass to Cameron Morrah.”
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Wednesday’s practice, including a look at quarterback Matt Flynn, “As for Flynn, he had a very strong showing during practice Wednesday. Flynn will get the first-team reps in practice for the remainder of the week and start against the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener on Saturday. Flynn took advantage of the extra workload and put together perhaps the strongest showing from a quarterback during the first two weeks of training camp. Flynn was precise and decisive in making throws all over the field. He connected with WR Golden Tate up the left sideline, fitting a ball into a window between Browner and S Earl Thomas. He found Tate again for a touchdown over Browner during a two-minute drill toward the end of practice as well as hitting TE Zach Miller on a crossing route and TE Cameron Morrahup the seam with nice throws as well. The throw to Miller was across his body as he was rolling to his left.”
Doug Farrar of YahooSports.com digests Owens’ first practice with the ‘Hawks, “Owens looked very much like a guy trying to come back from knee surgery, but there was enough to make people understand that there’s still something left in the tank. Wearing number No. 10 ‘because it was available’ instead of his usual 81, Owens took another valuable step back to the NFL. ‘It was good, just a little bit rusty but glad to be out here,’ Owens said after practice. ‘I’m grateful for the opportunities the Seahawks have given me and I’m thankful for God for giving me this opportunity. Today didn’t go as I would have liked, but it’s leading into the right direction.’ “
Mike Sando of ESPN.com depicts Owens’ first day at camp, “So much has changed in the decade since Owens, then playing for division-rival San Francisco, celebrated a touchdown in the Seahawks’ house by removing a Sharpie from his sock, signing the football and handing it to an associate seated in a suite owned by Shawn Springs, then a cornerback with Seattle. The celebration seems quaint a decade later, particularly in relation to the hard miles Owens has accumulated in the interim. He’s bounced from the 49ers to the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and even to the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. He’s gone broke and even allowed that he contemplated suicide during his darkest moments. ‘The last two years have been life-changing for me,’ Owens said. ‘I don’t want to sit up here and try to emphasize how much I’ve changed. I think you’ll kind of see that as these days go along.’ It felt like a fresh start Wednesday. Owens sounded humble. He spoke quietly without sounding down or overly reflective. At times, it was hard to hear him. ‘A lot of people probably don’t expect me to use that word humble,’ he said, ‘but again, there’s been a lot of moments within the last two years that have had me to face and say that word.’ “
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth says Terrell Owens is off to a positive start in Seattle, saying and doing all the right things yesterday, ” ‘It’s all about, for me now, being part of something, rather than being the center of something,’ Owens said while facing cameras and reporters during a post-practice Q&A session. ‘I understand obviously a lot of the media is here because of me and, again, I’ve changed in a lot of ways. A lot of things have occurred that have occurred in the last two years. I’ve had a lot of time to think about things, put a lot of things in perspective, and I just want to move forward and leave all the things that happened five to 10 years ago behind me.’ “
Farnsworth also has a look at Wednesday’s practice session, including a note on Seattle’s defensive line, “Improving the pass rush was a priority for coach Pete Carroll this offseason after the Seahawks registered 33 sacks last season. So rush-tackle Jason Jones was signed in free agency and rush-end Bruce Irvin was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft to join – and help – Chris Clemons, who had 11 of those sacks. But who fills the fourth spot? Brandon Mebane, the nose tackle in the base defense? Red Bryant, the tackle-sized end who plays opposite Clemons in the base defense? Alan Branch, the three-technique tackle in the base defense? Clinton McDonald, who works in the tackle rotation in the base defense? ‘Right now, we’re running Mac in there,’ line coach Todd Wash said of McDonald, who was acquired last August in a trade with the Bengals. ‘He’s really doing what we’re asking him to do and at the same time we’ve also got Brandon, Red and Branch. We’re looking for someone to help push that pocket.’ “
Quarterback Matt Flynn expressed excitement over taking first-team reps the rest of the week and starting the team’s preseason opener Saturday vs. Tennessee, and Farnsworth has the story, ” ‘It’s going to be good to be able to get these reps the next couple days in practice, get in a rhythm,’ said Flynn, speaking to the media for the first time since coach Pete Carroll announced on Tuesday that he would start the preseason opener. ‘Even today, after the offense got going, we played well. We got in a rhythm. We were in synch with each other. Hopefully that continues.’ In rhythm. In synch. In command. Flynn was all of that during the two-hour practice that was held in full pads.”
Max Unger continues his contribution to Seahawks.com, rehashing ‘Competition Wednesday’ and exhibiting his affection toward the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
Lastly, in our Seahawks Daily we have a look at Owens’ first day at practice and catch up with wide receiver Golden Tate, safety Earl Thomas, and quarterback Matt Flynn who comment on the addition of Owens.