A recap of the Seahawks’ second practice at Bing Training Camp:
Two-minute drill. That was the emphasis in the 1 hour, 45 minute practice, and it won’t be the last time it happens in camp.
Even coach Pete Carroll needs the work dealing with the crucial situation, as he estimates he faced it only four of five times in nine seasons at the University of Southern California.
“We’re making the situation of two minutes as broad as we can to encompass as many situations that occur, and really be in a dialogue about them with the players so that we’re very, very well-versed,” Carroll said.
“We’ll do these throughout the rest of camp and continue to focus so much on it because it is such a big part of the game the way the fourth quarters come down. It’s a little different than the college game.”
Matt Hasselbeck led the No. 1 offense to a 37-yard field goal by Olindo Mare, as he completed an 11-yard pass to Deon Butler and the defensive committed a pair of penalties. The No. 2 offense, with Charlie Whitehurst at QB, stalled when the third-down play was whistled dead because Whitehurst would have been sacked.
“Matt is great at it,” Carroll said. “He understands it. He can run the club. But still, there’s ways we do things – how we set the ball for field goals when time’s running out and using our timeouts to leave us with the proper time on the clock.
“A bunch of that happened today in the two-minute situation.”
Running backs. The position that has been a running concern all offseason appears to be rounding into shape after five training camp practices. Julius Jones broke several nice runs in the morning practice. Justin Forsett had several of his own this afternoon. Quinton Ganther runs hard every time he gets his hands on the ball.
“I’m real happy with the running backs,” Carroll said. “That group seems to be a very solid group right now.”
And the team has yet to see Leon Washington really cut loose as he continues the long road back from the severely broken leg that ended his 2009 season with the New York Jets.
“When he adds into the equation, that’s a very solid position group and I’m very pleased with that,” Carroll said of Washington, who was acquired in a draft day trade.
Washington gave a glimpse of his speed and explosiveness while returning a kickoff early in practice. But he has yet to get any snaps in team drills as a running back.
“To get him on our team, it felt like something really special,” Carroll said. “So hopefully he’ll be able to add quite a bit for us.”
Dexter Davis. At Arizona State, Davis rushed the passer, rushed the passer and then rushed the passer some more as a defensive end. That’s how he ended up with 31 sacks in 50 games.
But after being selected in the seventh round of the draft, Davis was moved to strong-side linebacker. Playing that position also entails dropping into pass coverage – which Davis did during practice to bat away a Whitehurst pass that was intended for tight end John Carlson.
“Dexter is doing a nice job,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “He’s working hard, which is allowing him to pick things up pretty quickly.”
If not as quickly as Davis would like.
“I’m still learning a lot, trying to get a feel for everything,” Davis said.
He’s not alone in that quest, however. He’s getting ample instruction from his position coach – Ken Norton Jr., who was a Pro Bowl linebacker before getting into coaching. He’s also playing behind Aaron Curry, last year’s first-round draft choice; and Will Herring, who started seven games last season.
“I’ve got a great coach. I’ve got great teammates ahead of me,” Davis said. “So I’m trying to pick things up as I go. It’s been real beneficial to watch those guys, pick up on what they’re doing and then try to emulate them.”
Davis still is getting opportunities to the rush the passer as an end in the nickel defense. “Back to my regular stuff,” as he puts it.
The toughest part of his transition to linebacker? “Just trying to pick up everything and key formations,” he said. “There’s just a whole lot more going on than playing D-line, and it’s all new to me. So I’m trying to take it little by little and day by day and trying to improve as much as I can.”
YET ANOTHER ROSTER MOVE
Rookie guard Gregg Peat has been claimed after being waived by the Indianapolis Colts. Gregg (6-3, 299) signed with the Colts after the draft. He was an All-Pac-10 selection at Oregon State last season.
To clear a roster spot, tight end Jameson Konz was waived/injured. He was the second of the team’s two seventh-round draft choices.
“He’s got some hip issues that he came in with that kind of got exacerbated here with the work,” Carroll said.
Curry sat out again with the headache he got during a collision in the Saturday afternoon practice. But Carroll said he could be back either Tuesday or Thursday.
Wide receiver Deion Branch was given the afternoon off after practicing in the morning, while wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was back after sitting out the morning practice. They are recovering from offseason surgical procedures.
Also back after sitting out this morning were Hasselbeck and tackle Ray Willis, who playing on the left side during the absence of unsigned first-round draft choice Russell Okung.
Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu was limited in practice, while strong safety Lawyer Milloy was given the day off – reluctantly.
“He was complainin’ about not being able to practice today, if you can imagine,” Carroll said. “We finally give him a day off and he didn’t want any part of that. … We had to hide his shoulder pads today.”
The Seahawks will practice once Tuesday, starting at 1:30 p.m. The session is open to the public, as are 10 other practices at VMAC. You can register to attend practice here.
The players will have their first off day Wednesday, then return to practice twice Thursday – at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
THE “IN” CROWD
The afternoon practice drew a crowd of 1,152, pushing the attendance to more than 7,100 for the first four practices that have been open to fans.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Red has come out smokin’. I’m so fired up about that change. He’s just in the right position now for him.” – Carroll, on Red Bryant’s transition from defensive tackle to end