A recap of the day’s activities at Seahawks minicamp:
A day in the life. So, how do the players spend their free time during this three-day minicamp that concludes tomorrow?
Better question: What free time?
Check out the players’ schedule today:
- 7 a.m.: breakfast
- 8:15: special teams meeting/QB meeting
- 8:45: team meeting
- 9:00: offense/defense meetings
- 11:30: walk thru
- Noon: lunch
- 1 p.m.: taping
- 1:30: practice
- 3:30: lifting
- 3:30: media interviews
- 4:15: offense/defense meetings
- 5:15: dinner
So much for free time.
“It’s a bit overwhelming,” said left tackle Russell Okung, the team’s top draft choice. “But I love the game and it’s a blessing to be out here. I don’t take any opportunities for granted.”
It’s not just the rookies who are adapting on the fly.
“It’s hard for these guys coming in, we throw so much at them,” said quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who is entering his 10th season with the Seahawks and 13th in the NFL. “It’s hard for all of us.
“I think even for the guys that have been here, it’s all new and we’re making mistakes. I think one of the keys is just to not make the same mistake twice. You make the mistake, coach corrects you, and you learn from it.”
THE “RED” ZONE
In looking to get bigger and more physical at the left defensive end spot, the coaches are taking a look at Red Bryant.
The 318-pound Bryant was drafted in the fourth round in 2008 as a defensive tackle. But he’s taking some snaps at end during this camp.
“At that position, we’re trying to find our answer,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “So we’re trying multiple guys, and just seeing how they’re doing.”
In addition to Bryant, Lawrence Jackson, Robert Henderson and E.J. Wilson have been working on the left side. Jackson, a first-round draft choice in 2008 who weighs 271 pounds, has started games in each of his first two seasons. Henderson (283 pounds) was acquired in the trade last month that sent guard Rob Sims to the Detroit Lions. Wilson (289) was drafted in the fourth round last week.
“We put Red out there to see how he would handle it, and he has done pretty well the past two days,” Bradley said.
THE BEN FACTOR
His new teammates and coaches continue to be impressed with the efforts Ben Hamilton, the veteran guard who was signed as a free agent two weeks ago.
Hamilton, who played the past nine seasons with the Denver Broncos, hasn’t just stepped in as the starter on the left side, he has stepped up when it comes to helping everyone with the new offense being installed by coordinator Jeremy Bates – who held the same position with the Broncos two years ago.
“He’s been a huge help stepping into that huddle with us,” Hasselbeck said. “You’ll call a play, and I’ll kind of hear him give a quiet reminder to guys near him. Or even at the line of scrimmage, if the defense shifts or we go in motion, he’s got the finer coaching points down.
“He’s got experience with these calls, with this offense, with this system.”
Bates agrees, especially when it comes to helping Okung with his transition.
“It helps a lot,” he said. “Ben passes on the calls to him, helps him out. It’s like having a coach on the field. And Ben’s also a great player. So we got two-for-one in that aspect.”
HORSES OF A DIFFERENT COLOR
Former USC and Tennessee Titans running back LenDale White knew that he was coming to a new team when Pete Carroll, his old college coach, worked a trade to acquire him last Saturday. But White wasn’t expecting a Trojan alumni association meeting to break out when he reported for this minicamp.
“It’s crazy,” White said. “I’m running around and seeing everybody. It’s the SC reunion.”
For starters, there’s Carroll. But the Seahawks coaching staff includes assistants who were at USC when White was – linebacker coach Ken Norton, quality control coach Rocky Seto and head and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle.
The roster also includes a number of former Trojans: wide receiver Mike Williams, cornerback Josh Pinkard, fullback Ryan Powdrell, offensive lineman Jeff Byers, tight end Anthony McCoy and Jackson. There also are three ex-Trojans among the 15 players that are here on a tryout basis: defensive linemen LaJaun Ramsey and Gerald Washington and punter Tom Malone.
There’s also one who fell into the last-but-certainly-not-least category when White was rattling off most of the above names.
“I can’t forget the big guy,” White said. “Lofa Tatupu, the leader of the defense.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“We’ve got to find who can run what and what players are special at doing what-not. I don’t think you can come in and say, ‘This is what we are.’ You’ve got to be flexible.” – Bates, on the on-going evolution of the offense