A recap of the Friday morning practice at Seahawks training camp:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Darryl Tapp. The former second-round draft choice started 26 games the past two seasons, but his role has changed with the arrival of left defensive end Cory Redding and the move of Patrick Kerney to the right side.
Tapp is now part of the four-man rotation, backing up Kerney. New role, but same skills.
On back-to-back-to-back plays during the almost two-hour practice, Tapp exploded into the backfield and arrived at running back Julius Jones just after he had taken the handoff; beat left tackle Sean Locklear and was close to “sacking” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck; and was all over wide receiver Courtney Taylor after he caught a short pass.
“I just got off on the ball,” Tapp said when asked to explain his bang-bang-bang plays. “The coaches have made it a lot easier on me. I don’t have to worry about anything extra, really, they just want me to get off on the ball and create havoc.”
PLAY OF THE DAY
Make it a payback play of the day. Last Saturday, running back Justin Forsett delivered one of the best blocks of camp by stoning middle linebacker David Hawthorne in a one-on-one blocking drill. That’s not supposed to happen to a player his teammates nicknamed “The Heater” last summer because of his prowess for bring the heat – and also outweighs Forsett by 46 pounds.
This morning, it was Hawthorne who knocked Forsett off his feet just short of the goal line – prompting a chorus of “We see you ‘Heater’ ” from his teammates on the sideline.
Just to prove he’s no one-hit wonder, Hawthorne slapped away a pass in the back of the end zone on the very next play.
Wide receiver Deion Branch sat out his third consecutive practice (knee). But Mora said Branch could return as early as this evening’s practice at Husky Stadium.
“It’s nothing serious,” Mora said. “He’s really been practicing well, practicing hard. It wasn’t his idea to take the days off. The trainers kind of forced him to do it, which is good. We want to push him, but we want to be smart while we’re doing it.”
Linebacker Will Herring (groin), tackle Ray Willis (knee) and Redding (soreness) also did not practice, joining a group that already included left tackle Walter Jones (back), cornerback Marcus Trufant (back) and defensive end Michael Bennett (shoulder).
Linebacker Lance Laury not only returned after sitting out Thursday to rest a knee, he was working with the No. 1 defense at the strong-side spot that eventually will be filled by unsigned first-round draft choice Aaron Curry.
Mora is excited about this evening’s full-pads practice at Husky Stadium, and not just because he played his college ball at the University of Washington.
“It will be fun,” Mora said. “I think it’s a great chance for families to come out and get close to the team.”
The session will start between 6:45 and 7 p.m. and include some contact drills.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Yeah, standing on the sideline, watching other guys fly around. That’s the memories they’ll have of me playing for the Huskies.” – Mora, when asked about the fans having fond memories of watching him fly around while playing at Washington