A recap of the Seahawks’ practice at Bing Training Camp:
Aaron Curry. Last year’s first-round draft choice had perhaps his most active practice of camp, and afterward credited some advice he got from linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. and defensive assistant Mike Phair.
“They both kind of told me the same thing as far as how I’m going to play – just go out there and be fast and be physical, and cancel all the thinking and just do what comes natural,” said Curry, the team’s starting strong-side ’backer who also will be used as a rush-end in the nickel.
“When they both told me that, it kind of reinsured the fact that they’re starting to gain confidence in me as a player. It’s not really letting me freelance, but it’s allowing me to just be myself.”
Curry took those words to heart, and then took it to the offense.
On one play, Curry pushed his blocker into the running back. A few players later, he used an explosive thrust to knock a lineman who outweighs him by 45 pounds off his feet. On another player, he displayed his quickness and strength in getting to the running back behind the line of scrimmage.
“That’s one of the things coach Norton told me today: Stop being so robotic, and just play,” Curry said. “That definitely helped me out a lot.”
GORDON COMES HOME, ALL GROWN UP
The club signed defensive tackle Amon Gordon to fill the roster spot that open when former first-round draft choice Lawrence Jackson was traded to the Detroit Lions – which you can read about here.
If the name sounds familiar, it should. Gordon was a standout football and basketball player at Mariner High School in Everett before transferring to Mira Mesa High in San Diego for his senior season.
While the name was familiar the body wasn’t. The 6-foot-2 Gordon now weighs 305 pounds, which is considerably more than during his prep career as a running back and post player.
“At Stanford, I just did what I could do to help the team,” Gordon said with a smile. “That just so happened to be as a down lineman. I tried to do that and see how far it would take me, and it’s landed me here.”
After playing at Stanford, Gordon was a fifth-round draft choice by the Cleveland Browns in 2004. He also has spent time with the Denver Broncos (2006-07), Baltimore Ravens (2007), Tennessee Titans (2008) and Philadelphia Eagles (2009). He was with the New England Patriots this offseason. Since then, Gordon had a workout with the Miami Dolphins.
“Then I went back home and just tried to stay in shape to be ready for what comes,” he said.
Which was a call from the Seahawks on Tuesday night.
“It was awesome. It was awesome. Absolutely awesome,” he said. “Any time you can come back to a familiar place – home, family is here. Couple that with football, I think that just makes for a little bit extra fuel. So it’s just really exciting.”
As for that family, his mother, brother and sister still live in the Tacoma-Federal Way area and other relatives live in Seattle, as well as an uncle in Vancouver and more relatives in Oregon.
“I’m happy to be here,” he said. “I’m going to put one foot in front of the other, try to string a few good ones together and see where that lands me. But it’s definitely an exciting prospect.”
Where will Gordon play? “Somewhere on the front,” he said, which drew laughs from the reporters gathered around him. Gordon then laughed before adding, “At this point, it’s been a quick turnaround for me. But I imagine at an inside position.”
At one point in practice, Gordon was paired with Kentwan Balmer as the scout-team tackles working against the No. 1 offense. Balmer practiced with the Seahawks for the first time Tuesday after being acquired in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.
Defensive tackle Jonathan Lewis returned to practice, but defensive tackle Craig Terrill and tight end Chris Baker joined the group of players not participating and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was limited to individual drills.
With Mebane and Terrill out in team drills, Quinn Pitcock worked at the three-technique tackle spot with the No. 1 line.
Still sidelined: defensive linemen Kevin Vickerson, Nick Reed and Ricky Foley, offensive lineman Ray Willis, linebacker Leroy Hill and kicker Olindo Mare.
With Mare out, just-signed Clint Stitser hit each of his four field-goal attempts, including a 54-yarder.
Offensive lineman Chester Pitts, who remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list, did some running on the berm adjacent to the practice field. It was the next step in his recovery from having microfracture surgery on his right knee 11 months ago.
Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was excused for a third consecutive day because of a family matter.
The players will break camp Thursday following an afternoon practice. They also will have a final tune-up session Friday morning for Saturday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Qwest Field.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We just need to keep growing and playing together as a group – 11 guys. When you watch the film from last weekend, there weren’t 11 guys playing together on every play. And on offense, it takes 11. One guy makes a mistake, or doesn’t run the right route, or misses a block, then the offense fails.” – offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, on what he wants to see from unit against the Packers