A recap of the day’s activities at the Seahawks’ minicamp:
Aaron Curry. If Tuesday’s first practice went to the offense, the defense made got even during today’s spirited 100-minute session.
“Today, they threw a lot more stuff at us,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “There are competitive situations in practice every day. There was a ton of blitz out there and we’re not really studying the defense right now.
“But they had a good day today. They had a really good day.”
Curry, last year’s first-round draft choice, was one of the obvious leaders in coordinator Gus Bradley’s attack pack.
As the fourth pick overall, a lot of expected of Curry last season. But even the second-year linebacker gives his rookie efforts only a C, with the tagline of “pretty average.”
The plan under first-year coach Pete Carroll is to play more aggressively on defense, and that plays to Curry’s ample strengths.
Today, Curry slipped off a block to get to running back Louis Rankin in the backfield. On another play, it was Curry who dove into a pile to come up with a fumble by running back Justin Forsett. A few plays later, Curry was all over a pass to running back Julius Jones in the flat.
“I’m excited, because their plan is to put players in positions to be successful,” Curry said.
Defensive end. With the retirement of end Patrick Kerney on Tuesday and the earlier trade of Darryl Tapp to the Philadelphia Eagles, the defensive line has a new look on the edges.
Lawrence Jackson, a first-round pick in 2008 who played for Carroll at USC, is working on the left side with the No. 1s, with Chris Clemons on the right side, who the Seahawks acquired from Philadelphia in a trade last month. Between these two in the first unit were the incumbent tackle tandem of Colin Cole and Brandon Mebane.
Robert Henderson and Ricky Foley are the ends on the No. 2 line, with Red Bryant and Craig Terrill at the tackles. Foley – wearing Tapp’s old No. 55 – was signed in February after leading the CFL in sacks last season, while Henderson was acquired via trade with Detroit.
Chris Spencer. After spending the final three games of 2009 at right guard, Spencer is back at center in this camp – with Max Unger returning to right guard, where he started the first 13 games as a rookie before sliding over to replace Spencer. The move last season was prompted in large part because Spencer had broken his right thumb and was snapping left-handed.
“Chris is a natural center,” offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said. “He’s quick off the ball. He has great hands. He’s a leader of that line. He’s nasty. It’s a natural position for him and we’re extremely excited that he’s the center part of that line.”
Spencer agrees. “I’m a center,” he said. “That’s what I do.”
SACKER? OR SACKEE?
On the final play of practice, Hasselbeck rolled to his left and completed a short pass to tryout tight end Jeb Putzier – as defensive end Nick Reed threw his arms in the air, wondering where the whistle was to signify that he would have sacked the QB.
So, was it a completion? Or a sack?
“Probably,” Hasselbeck said when asked if it was indeed a sack.
Hasselbeck then got in his own shot by adding, “But I might outweigh Nick Reed.”
For the record, Reed is listed at 247 pounds, with Hasselbeck at 225.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It’s a lot of fun. You come out here and it’s fun to go to practice. It’s exciting. It’s high energy. You’ve got guys flying around. You saw it today. So I think we’re getting a lot done.” – QB Charlie Whitehurst