A recap of the Wednesday evening practice at Seahawks training camp:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
T.J. Houshmandzadeh. At the end of Tuesday’s practice, when the No. 3 offense was on the field, the veteran wide receiver was assisting with the chain gang by holding one of the yardage markers.
“The more things you can do,” the team’s biggest free agent addition shrugged when asked about the extra duty.
But this evening, Houshmandzadeh was moving the chains.
It wasn’t the quantity of passes that he caught in the 100-minute practice in full pads; it was the quality.
During the first full-team drill, Houshmandzadeh got behind cornerback Kevin Hobbs to catch a 40-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck. Later, in the 7-on-7 drill, he drove cornerback Josh Wilson deep and then came back to catch a Hasselbeck pass along the sideline – again for first-down yardage.
PLAY OF THE DAY
Mike Hass, a third-year receiver from Oregon State who’s in his first camp with the Seahawks, turned in the NFL equivalent of a hat trick by running a good route, making an even better move to get behind the defender and then tipping the pass with one hand before controlling it with two hands as he was falling out of bounds.
The best part of the bang-bang-bang play? “The best part was catching it – just coming down with the ball,” Hass said. “The route was all right, I could have gotten a little more separation. But I’ll definitely go with the catch.”
Speed. The Seahawks have had an infusion of it with the addition of wide receiver Deon Butler in the draft and the signing of cornerback Travis Fisher this week.
So it’s time to revisit just who would be on the team’s 4×100 relay team, with wide receiver Jordan Kent making the selections for the second consecutive year. Kent holds the Oregon state high school record in the 200-meter dash and also competed in track and field at the University of Oregon.
First leg: Fisher, who ran the 100-meter dash in 10.2 seconds as a state champion sprinter in Florida and turned in a 4.4 effort in the 40-yard dash during his workout with the Seahawks on Sunday morning. “I’d have to start with him,” Kent said. “He’s pretty quick, and you want that explosion out of the blocks.”
Second leg: Butler, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the NFL scouting combine in February. “He’s got a longer stride than Josh (Wilson), so that’s good for the backstretch,” Kent said.
Third leg: Cornerback Josh Wilson, one of the fastest players in Maryland history. “You want your shorter guys on the curve so they can use their power,” Kent said.
Anchor leg: Kent. “I’ve got to put myself at the anchor,” Kent said. “I did it in college, so I’ve got the experience.”
Alternate: Wide receiver Nate Burleson,
Linebacker Tony Taylor (knee) was waived injured and former Western Washington University linebacker Shane Simmons was signed to fill his roster spot. Simmons took part in a minicamp this spring on a tryout basis.
Wide receiver Deion Branch (knee) did not practice, joining a group that also included tackle Walter Jones (back), cornerback Marcus Trufant (back) and wide receiver Billy McMullen (knee). Tackle Ray Willis was back after sitting out the morning practice.
The players will practice only once Thursday, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and the session is open to the public – but sold out. Friday, the evening practice (6:30-8:30) will be held at Husky Stadium.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I’m sure he’s motivated to be a great player, but I think he’s also motivated to be a part of a great defense and a great football team. It’s one of the things that makes him special: it’s not just about Lofa, it’s about the team.” – coach Jim Mora, on middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu