Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times profiles Zach Miller, the Pro Bowl tight end from the Raiders who signed with the Seahawks in free agency. Offers O’Neil: “Zach Miller’s hands have caught more than just the NFL’s attention. He is one of only four tight ends in the league with 50 or more receptions in each of the three past seasons. Just don’t say Miller’s hands are soft. That’s simply not possible for a tight end, whose job description requires him to block the big uglies along the defensive line one play, and then catch a pass the next. ‘You have the lineman hands,’ Miller said, holding his out for display. ‘The swollen knuckles and the bloody fingers, peeled back nails.’ ”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald has the details on what was a very active practice for defensive end Red Bryant. Says Boyle: “Another positive sight for the Seahawks was that of DE Red Bryant going at full speed. On one play, he busted into the backfield for a “sack” giving QB Josh Portis a solid slap on the shoulders. Later in practice, Bryant chased down TE Domique Byrd all the way at the sideline and took Byrd down with a game-speed tackle. Bryant has been limited in most of training camp as he eases back from the knee injury that took him out last season, but Carroll said that on that play, ‘We realized Red is officially back.’ ”
Eric Williams at the New Tribune provides this wrap-up as the team put the wraps on its training camp with Thursday’s practice. Included is this update on left tackle Russell Okung: “A week after suffering what appeared to be another serious left-ankle injury, the second-year player was back on the field in helmet and cleats working through individual drills with his fellow linemen. Okung gingerly made his way through the early portion of the workout, including pass drops and some zone steps in the run game, but he did not participate in the team portion of practice. He talked briefly with reporters about the injury. ‘(I hope to get back) as soon as possible,’ Okung said. ‘It’s coming around a lot faster than I thought it (would), so I’m just waiting around.’ ”
Here at Seahawks.com, we were all over the final practice of camp in words and video. As for the wrap on the team’s second camp under coach Pete Carroll, we’ve got that covered, too. In addition to a story and video recap, we also pass out awards to the honor campers.
At SI.com, Don Banks takes a look at the second weekend of the preseason, including the Seahawks’ home opener against the Vikings: “You have to figure that Tarvaris Jackson has had this one circled on his calendar for, well, days now. The ex-Viking quarterback gets his shot at revenge on the team that didn’t believe in him, and he’s got help on that front with Sidney Rice now in Seattle as well.”
At NFL.com, Michael Lombardi offers five tips for watching preseason games. No. 1 on his list: “Do we have a backup quarterback who can play and help the team win? Backup quarterbacks have a specific job description. For example, they must:
» Be able to finish and win a game without having any practice reps.
» Have the ability to stay focused when not the starter.
» Be able to check their ego and support the starter.
» Give the defense a good week of practice by efficiently running the “look” team.
» Make the team calm and confident when they walk into the huddle.
» Be man enough to let the starter know when he screwed up.
» Have a team-first attitude.