A recap of the Seahawks’ second practice at Bing Training Camp:
Two-a-days. As in, they’re over. The team’s final double-practice session of camp was scheduled for Tuesday. But coach Pete Carroll has canceled one of the practices as a reward for the players.
So this afternoon’s 95-minute practice – which was held in a steady rain – marked the end of two-a-days, after only four double sessions.
“It is strange,” said cornerback Kelly Jennings, who also admitted he wasn’t even sure which day of camp this was because of the Groundhog Day nature of it.
Carroll can throttle back because the players worked so much, and so hard, during the spring minicamp and OTA practices.
“I think coach is doing a great job of not trying to wear us out,” Jennings said. “I was just talking to some of the other players about how fresh we feel and how much easier it is to move around out here because of that.”
Both practices scheduled for Tuesday were open to the public. Fans who had registered for one of them will receive an email informing them that they can attend the 1:30 practice that day, or one of the other remaining practices that are open – Wednesday, Thursday or Aug. 16.
Former University of Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback tore his left Achilles tendon at the start of this afternoon’s practice and is out for the season. Stanback was claimed off waivers June 1 and had been working with the wide receivers during camp.
Linebacker Anthony Heygood tore his left Achilles at the start of practice on Thursday morning.
This afternoon’s entire practice turned into a wet-ball drill, which is not a bad thing for a team that plays games at Qwest Field in November and December.
While there were a few dropped passes, there were even more impressive catches – including rookie Golden Tate slipping behind rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond to grab a nicely thrown deep pass from Charlie Whitehurst.
“That’s what training camp is, dealing with every aspect of the game – from situations to the weather,” Tate said. “At some point, there is going to be a wet field in a game this season. So you’ve got to learn how to keep your feet under you and catch a wet ball.”
And how do you do that? “For me, it’s just being focused and mentally strong,” Tate said.
The club has signed tight end Nick Tow-Arnett and linebacker Alvin Bowen. To clear roster spots, guard Adrian Martinez was released and fullback Ryan Powdrell was waived/injured.
Tow-Arnett, who had been with the Dallas Cowboys, caught 57 passes for 865 yards and four touchdowns during his career at the University of Minnesota. Bowen was a fourth-round draft choice by the Buffalo Bills in 2008 and spent that season on injured reserve. Last season, he signed was signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad in September and added to the active roster in November.
With Powdrell gone, Owen Schmitt is the only true fullback on the roster. But running back Quinton Ganther also has been getting work at fullback.
SINCE YOU ASKED
Q: What is the plan for the kicking and punting phase for the Hawks this season? – George, Los Angeles
A: Hopefully, a repeat of last season, George – except that Olindo Mare gets more opportunities and punter Jon Ryan fewer.
In a training camp based on competition, these two spots are set. Mare is the only kicker and Ryan the only punter on the 80-man roster. They earned this status the past two seasons. Mare has made 48 of his 53 field goals attempts since signing with the team in 2008 – including a franchise-record streak of 21 in a row to close last season. Ryan, meanwhile, broke his own single-season record for punting average (46.2 yards) and tied the club record for net average (38.7) last season.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was given the afternoon off, and he did very limited work in the morning practice. But he will be back for Sunday’s practice at Husky Stadium.
Tackle Ray Willis was back after sitting out the morning practice, so he and just-arrived first-round draft choice Russell Okung split time at left tackle with the No. 1 offense.
Sunday’s practice at Husky Stadium, which starts at 1:30 p.m., will feature a “mock game.” The players are scheduled to conduct a 60-play scrimmage-like session in full pads.
Carroll views it as a tune-up for the Aug. 14 preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field.
“We need to get jacked up to play full speed and up-tempo and have a really good day of football,” Carroll told Seahawks.com’s Ben Malcolmson. “It’ll help us immeasurably as we get ready for the games ahead.”
Admission and parking for the practice at UW are free.
THE “IN” CROWD
The 2,007 fans who attended this afternoon’s practice gave the team a rousing ovation as the players left the field. But the fans also deserved some credit for sitting in the wet, chilly weather.
The crowd pushed the total of fans attending the first 10 practices to 16,260.
To register to attend one of the remaining open practices at VMAC, click here.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It’s probably a really good thing to do. It’s sort of hard to sit and watch though for the older guys that aren’t practicing during the two-a-days. It’s a little boring, but it’s an opportunity for the younger guys.” – Hasselbeck, on sitting out practice