A recap of the day’s activities:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Jordan Babineaux. The versatile defensive back was the story of the day on Wednesday after coach Jim Mora announced that Babineaux is the new starter at free safety.
Thursday, he was the player of the day by displaying the skills that allowed him to win the starting job.
Babineaux intercepted two passes – returning one for a touchdown – and also got his hands on two others. He also rocked the running back as he was coming through the hole with a solid hit and closed nicely to limit a receiver to a short gain.
But even more impressive was the way Babineaux was making the calls and getting the other defenders lined up properly before the snap.
“Those are the things we saw all summer from Babs,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “He’s a smart player and a physical player. We knew he could handle the leadership role because he has had enough experience to get the job done.”
PLAY OF THE DAY
One play after jumping offside, defensive tackle Red Bryant fought off a block to get to the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage.
Honorable mention to a play where defensive end Cory Redding was on QB Seneca Wallace for what would have been a sack and fellow end Patrick Kerney for deflecting a pass.
Offensive line. It’s not the line the coaches were anticipating would start the season opener, but it is the line that has been pieced together over the past three weeks and will remain the line at least until left tackle Walter Jones and center Chris Spencer are ready to return.
The unit the will start Sunday’s regular-season opener against the St. Louis Rams at Qwest Field includes – from left tackle to right – Sean Locklear, Rob Sims, Steve Vallos, Max Unger and Ray Willis.
The Seahawks usually have only seven O-linemen active on game day. That won’t change. But the inactive players this week will be Jones, who had a cleanout procedure on his surgically repaired left knee last month; and Spencer, who tore a thigh muscle in the second preseason game.
That leaves Mansfield Wrotto as the backup for the interior spots and just-acquired Brandon Frye as the backup at tackle.
“I am comfortable with Mansfield Wrotto as a backup,” coach Jim Mora said of a player who started the final four games last year, when all five starters finished the season on injured reserve. “If I have a concern along the offensive line – aside from the fact that we don’t have two of our starters playing – it would be that we have a guy (Frye) that’s new to our team as our backup tackle.
“So we’ll see how he does during practice, and if he doesn’t look like he’s up to speed then we can make some moves to get a guy that knows what to do in a position where he can play if we had an injury.”
STAT DU JOUR
Running back Julius Jones ran for a season-high 140 yards in last season’s game against the Rams at Qwest Field. In fact, that Week 3 effort was Jones’ highest yardage output since he ran for 194 yards against the Carolina Panthers in 2005 while playing with the Dallas Cowboys.
The official report issued by the team had six players not practicing: Jones (knee) and Spencer (thigh), as well as defensive backs Travis Fisher (hamstring) and C.J. Wallace (rib), wide receiver Deion Branch (hamstring) and defensive end Derek Walker (hamstring).
YOU DON’T SAY
“He helps me out a lot. If I get stuck calling a play in the huddle, he’ll finish it for me. He’s been in this system a long time.” – quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, on fullback Justin Griffith, who also played for offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in Atlanta and Oakland.