Thursday cyber surfing: Two tight ends are better than one

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 31:

The team’s OTA practice on Wednesday was open to the media. Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers his impressions, including a look at the role of tight end Zach Miller: “While the Seahawks hope (Kellen) Winslow can provide a receiving threat, that doesn’t necessarily mean Miller will spend all his time blocking in the shadows, either. ‘They want me to get out more on some routes moreso than last year, when I was in protection a lot,’ Miller said following practice Wednesday. ‘Then I’ll be in protection sometimes as well. And then with Kellen, I don’t know if you saw him out there today, but he’s such a good receiver, he makes plays on the ball. He is going to be great for us to run in two-tight end packages.’ ”

Dave Boling at the News Tribune checks in with Breno Giacomini, who stepped in at right tackle at midseason last year and is still there: “Giacomini was one of the Seahawks’ success stories last season. Having been picked up off the Green Bay practice squad in 2010, he came in and started eight games last season, including the final seven once first-round rookie James Carpenter was lost for the season. When Giacomini was in the lineup during the second half of the season, the Seahawks’ rushing game became one of the most productive in the league. And Giacomini’s knack for physically dominant play perfectly suited the team’s burgeoning aggressive mentality. ‘That’s what we want to do as offensive linemen – not just me, all the O line – is to play really nasty,’ he said. ‘It doesn’t matter if it’s a pass play or run play. And, yeah, sure, I want to be known as that guy.’ ”

Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams looks at Jason Jones, the free-agent defensive lineman who grew up with Hoop Dreams: “For Detroit native Jason Jones, basketball was his first love. But football served as his ticket to the big stage. ‘Oh yeah, I was hoops,’ Jones said. ‘I grew up — my dad grew up watching Michael Jordan, so watching M.J. all the time. I grew up with the ‘Bad Boys,’ the Pistons, Isiah Thomas and all those guys.’ ”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times also looks at Jones’ hoop roots: “Jason Jones primarily played basketball in high school, and as a power forward he understands the importance of rebounding. That’s good because the defensive lineman signed a one-year contract with Seattle hoping for a bounce-back year. ‘That’s the mind frame going into it,’ Jones said. ‘Last year was kind of an off year for me.’ ”

O’Neil also has the word on the team confirming that it will give Brian Banks a tryout next week: “Banks, 26, has tryouts lined up with six teams, the first of which will be Carroll’s Seahawks. ‘This is what I have dreamed about my entire life,’ Banks said in a statement released by California Western School of Law. ‘I am ready to show the NFL what I am capable of doing. I want as many opportunities with as many NFL teams who are willing to give me a shot.’ ”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald also looks at Jones’ background in basketball: “But while basketball was Jones’ passion, football, a sport he took up in the 11th grade, was the sport that netted him a college scholarship at Eastern Michigan. That was Jones’ only scholarship offer, which made picking a college easy, but after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him in second round of the 2008 draft, Jones had a lot more options when it came to picking his next destination. In the end, Jones, who was one of the top free agent defensive lineman this offseason, signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks. ‘Really, they showed me the most love out here,’ Jones said.

First-round draft choice Bruce Irvin did an interview with Bob and Groz on 710 ESPN, and the co-hosts came to the conclusion that has been apparent watching him in practice – Irvin will have an impact, whether he starts or not.

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the first thing that sticks out about Jones – his length: “What part of Jones’ game stands out most? ‘He’s real long,’ center Max Unger said after the two-hour practice. ‘A guy with long arms can create a bunch of issues, especially inside where you usually have a little more compact type of player. So with a guy like that, who’s real long, it’s a different set of rules you’ve kind of got to follow when you’re blocking somebody like that.’ Did someone say long arms? Jones’ are that, and then some. They were measured at 36 3/8th inches at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2008, when he was selected in the second round of the draft by the Tennessee Titans.”

We also focus on Winslow’s impressive practice in Wednesday in Hawkville: “The former Pro Bowl tight end caught a half dozen passes during the two-hour practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center – in only his third practice with the Seahawks after being acquired in a trade last week with the Buccaneers. His best play came during a two-minute drill, when he not only made a lunging grab of a Matt Flynn pass along the sideline but got out of bounds to stop the clock. The effort prompted linebackers coach Ken Norton to holler, ‘Helluva catch.’ ”

And, we also look back at Carroll’s inaction with fans at a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday night: “The man of the evening, however, was Carroll, who was greeted by impromptu chants of ‘Let’s go Seahawks’ before he could even welcome the choir he was preaching to. Suddenly, the West Club Lounge was a locker room and Carroll was coaxing everyone to, well, ‘Do it better than it’s ever been done before.’ As he would in a game-day situation, Carroll played to his strengths. Not surprisingly, the coach definitely connected. ‘It was awesome,’ said Sue Jessup, a longtime fan from Kirkland. ‘Something like this was necessary years ago – years ago. This doesn’t seem like a lot of effort to make a lot of people get onboard.’ That was exactly the point of the event. ‘I just wanted to be available for them and be here for their questions and just kind of have some fun with them,’ Carroll said after his Q&A session. ‘And also to get a sense for where they’re coming from. They’re obviously very, very supportive and energetic and all that. It was a fun night.’ ”

But wait, there’s still more: Tony Ventrella’s video recap of practice; as well as video of the Q&A sessions with Jones and Unger.


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