A recap of the Seahawks’ Monday practice:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Lawyer Milloy. There was no wading back into it for the newest Seahawk. The former University of Washington and four-time Pro Bowl safety was thrown off the deep end in his first practice after signing with the team Sunday.
Not surprisingly, Milloy took to his latest surrounding like, well, someone who has played in the league for 13 years.
“I’m trying to get in, and fit in, and get friendships, and learn the playbook,” said Milloy, who played the past three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and was with the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots before that.
“Everything else will take care of itself.”
Like how much he plays Sunday in the regular-season opener against the St. Louis Rams at Qwest Field, and in what role.
Monday, Jordan Babineaux was working at the starting spot that opened when incumbent free safety Brian Russell was released Saturday. But Milloy got plenty of reps, with the Seahawks defense, as well as the scout team that was working against the Seahawks offense.
PLAY OF THE DAY
The last play of the 95-minute practice that was held in the team’s indoor facility, as Nate Burleson went up and over cornerback Kelly Jennings to grab a Matt Hasselbeck pass.
Kickoff returners. As in, who will do it against the Rams? Good question.
Josh Wilson averaged 25.4 yards on 69 returns last season, but he’s back in the starting lineup because left cornerback Marcus Trufant is on the physically unable to perform list. Burleson averaged 24.7 and 21.9 yards while doing it in 2006 and 2007, but he’s the starting split end and coming off major knee surgery.
Monday, special teams coach Bruce DeHaven used six different combos that involved five players.
Stay tuned …
The team filled half its eight-man practice squad by re-signing four players who were released Saturday: wide receivers Logan Payne and Mike Hass, running back Devin Moore and safety Jamar Adams. Also re-signed was tackle Kyle Williams, who made it on the cut to 53, but then was released Sunday when tackle Brandon Frye was claimed off waivers from the Miami Dolphins.
Also on the squad: former University of Washington cornerback Roy Lewis, rookie offensive lineman Blake Schlueter and linebacker Thomas Williams.
Adams is now wearing No. 25 (Russell’s old number); because Milloy was given the No. 36 he has worn his entire career.
Tight ends John Owens (No. 86) and Cameron Morrah (No. 88) also have new numbers after wearing 47 and 43 during the preseason.
STAT DU JOUR
Jim Mora is in his first season as Seahawks coach, but he’s also a league-best 3-0 among current NFL coaches in season openers. His Falcons won each of their openers in Mora’s three seasons in Atlanta.
The players are off Tuesday, but tight end John Carlson will sign autographs at the Qwest Field Pro Shop from 6-7 p.m.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It didn’t seem like it? You want to jump in my body?” – a smiling Milloy, when it was suggested that he didn’t seem out of shape despite not taking part in any spring workouts or training camp.