Camp Mora: Day 14

A recap of the only practice Thursday at Seahawks training camp:

Houshmandzadeh and Hasselbeck

PLAYER OF THE DAY

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, with more than just a little assist from Matt Hasselbeck. These two continued their impressive connections during a practice that was scheduled to run 2 hours, 14 minutes, but lasted only 1 hour, 40 minutes because, as coach Jim Mora put it, “We got everything done and moved through it quickly.”

Speaking of quickly, that’s the best way to describe the rapport that has developed between Hasselbeck and his newest receiver when the ball is inside the 20-yard line. Hasselbeck went to Houshmandzadeh for a bunch of touchdowns.

“That’s something that has stood out through the offseason – through the organized team activities, through the minicamps and through the training camp so far,” Mora said. “They’ve got a little bit of chemistry going in the red zone, and that’s good to see.”

But Houshmandzadeh’s afternoon also included a fingertip grab of a pass in the end zone and another TD catch when the scout-team offense was working against the Seahawks defense.

PLAY OF THE DAY

Former Garfield High School and University of Washington basketball star Brandon Roy was involved in this one. No, the Seahawks have not signed the current Portland Trail Blazers all-star to be their equivalent of Larry Fitzgerald.

But Roy did watch practice from the sideline and, after taking a lateral on a punt return, Nate Burleson broke to that same sideline and then pointed at Roy.

UNIT WATCH

In Mora’s quest to practice every possible scenario that can occur in a game, the Seahawks featured on-side kicks during one of the special teams segments.

The No. 1 “hands” teams that is used to cover an on-side kick included defensive backs Deon Grant, Kelly Jennings, Brian Russell and Jordan Babineaux, tight ends John Carlson and John Owens, running back Julius Jones, linebacker Leroy Hill, wide receiver Jordan Kent and Houshmandzadeh.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Q: Frank in Gig Harbor asks, is Jamar Adams and/or Jordan Babineaux making any headway on Brian Russell for the starting free safety spot?

A: No. Nothing has changed in camp this week to alter that – although Babineaux did work at strong safety for a couple of practices while Grant was out with a strained groin. Russell has been playing well, and Lewis likes the leadership and savvy that he and Grant bring to the last line of defense.

ROLL CALL

Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones returned to practice for the first time since experiencing back spasms on the second day of camp. He was limited to reps with the scout team, but it was a first step toward getting him back on the field with the No.1 offense.

Also back was Patrick Kerney, who sat out Wednesday to rest a sore calf.

That left only four players who did not practice: offensive linemen Mansfield Wrotto (leg), Cory Withrow (knee) and Grey Ruegamer (elbow) and cornerback Marcus Trufant (back).

Trufant, Jones, Ruegamer and Wrotto will not play in Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Chargers in San Diego. In fact, they won’t even make the trip.

“There could be other guys that are added to that list, but I don’t think there will be,” Mora said.

ON TAP

The players will have a walkthrough Friday morning, which is closed to fans and the media, before catching their charter flight to San Diego for Saturday night’s preseason opener.

Also, tickets are still available for next Saturday’s home opener against the Denver Broncos. They are available by clicking the “ticket” button on this website.

YOU DON’T SAY

“You’re going to see Aaron Curry do a lot of different things. You’ll see him play into the third quarter and through the third quarter – and here I am, I just said I don’t want the players to know (how much they’ll play.). But he will play a significant amount.” – Mora, on the role of the team’s first-round draft choice against the Chargers


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