A recap of the Tuesday afternoon practice at Seahawks training camp:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
John Carlson. It has gotten to the point where the team’s second-year tight end could be the selection for just about any practice. Carlson has been that good.
Why? Because in the post-practice video sessions, Carlson concentrates on the things he could do better rather than the numerous things he continues to do right.
“You look at the things that you do right, but you really focus on the things that you didn’t do right,” Carlson said. “Because that’s the only way you get better, and there’s still plenty for me to work on.”
For instance? “It’s like, ‘Hey, you know what, my footwork was bad on the pass block, so I got beat.’ Or, ‘My steps on my run block weren’t right,’ ” he said. “So there’s always something to work on.”
With that said, Carlson did several things exceptionally well in this evening’s 90-minute, full-pads practice – which was held in the team’s indoor facility.
During a goal-line drill, Carlson flashed open to take a pass in the end zone from Matt Hasselbeck. After being knocked to the turf by a pair of defenders, he jumped up and emphatically spiked the ball. In the final full-team drill, it was Carlson’s block that sealed the corner and allowed running back Julius Jones to get up the sideline.
All in a day’s work for a player who obviously is having more fun – and playing even better – than he did as a rookie.
“Last year, my head was spinning the whole time,” said Carlson, who managed to overcome that to lead the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches during the Seahawks’ 4-12 season. “I had fun playing and competing and having the opportunities that I had. The losing, obviously no one wants to lose.
“But it’s exciting to be back, to have a fresh start and to have a new opportunity to have a good season.”
PLAY OF THE DAY
Another practice, another touchdown run for Hasselbeck. The team’s starting quarterback scored on a naked bootleg during the morning practice. This evening, with all his options covered in the goal-line drill, Hasselbeck rolled to his right and then rambled right into the end zone.
Not to be outdone by Carlson, Hasselbeck also celebrated with a forceful spike of the ball.
Not to be outdone by Hasselbeck the runner, Hasselbeck the passer launched a 50-yard TD pass to rookie receiver Deon Butler, who had gotten behind the safety tandem of C.J. Wallace and Courtney Taylor.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Q: Ryan Ward at the Kuwait Naval Base is wondering with the switch to the zone-blocking scheme if the brunt of the carries will go to one back, or whether it will be equal amounts of Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett?
A: Jones will be the No. 1 back, if not the “feature” back – like Shaun Alexander was during his remarkable five-season run from 2001-05. But offensive coordinator Greg Knapp likes a running-back-by-committee approach because it keeps all the backs fresher, longer. So Duckett’s role will be expanded from the short-yardage and goal-line duties he excelled at last season, and also expect to see Justin Forsett get some time as a counterpunch and situational back. The coaches like the way Forsett is taking to the “one-cut-and-go” style that is needed in the new scheme.
Tackle Ray Willis, defensive end Cory Redding, wide receiver Deion Branch and linebacker D.D. Lewis returned to practice after sitting out the morning session.
But the number of players sitting out was at 12, because wide receiver Nate Burleson (knee) and offensive lineman Cory Withrow (knee) did not practice.
Still sidelined: offensive linemen Walter Jones (back), Chris Spencer (ankle) and Grey Ruegamer (elbow), defensive linemen Patrick Kerney (calf) and Lawrence Jackson (leg), linebackers Lofa Tatupu (rest) and Will Herring (groin) and defensive backs Marcus Trufant (back), Josh Wilson (groin) and Deon Grant (groin).
The players will practice only once Wednesday, starting at 2:30. The session is not open to the public.
The Thursday practice, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., is open to the public, but sold out. Fans who have registered for that practice will be notified via email if the weather forces practice to be moved inside.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Ah, he’s an old pro. I don’t even know if he noticed it. Matt’s unbelievable. He just goes with the flow. He’s adaptable. He’s smart. He’s witty. He’s funny. He’s fun to be around.” – coach Jim Mora, when asked how Hasselbeck handled the piped in crowd noise during practice