Tight end Anthony McCoy, who underwent surgery last week to repair a torn Achilles tendon he suffered during the team’s first OTA session, has been waived from the club with the designation of injured, the team announced this morning.
As a result of the injury, McCoy was expected to miss a good chunk of time in 2013. He was originally selected by the Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of USC and saw action in all 18 games last season, catching 18 balls for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Often lining up in two tight end sets with No. 1 tight end Zach Miller, McCoy was the team’s first player to top 100 yards receiving a year ago, when he had three catches for 105 yards in the club’s 58-0 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14.
In McCoy’s place, the team announced the signing of tackle Jake Bscherer, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound product who spent his senior season at Minnesota-Duluth after three years at the University of Wisconsin. Bscherer took part in the Seahawks’ three-day rookie minicamp that was held earlier this month and he is the fifth player from that workout to sign on with the club, joining defensive end Benson Mayowa, tight ends Victor Marshall and Darren Fells, and wide receiver Justin Veltung.
Tight end Victor Marshall and defensive end Benson Mayowa, who participated in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp over the weekend on a tryout basis, were signed today, the team announced.
Rookie linebacker Ramon Buchanan, who was signed as a free agent after the NFL Draft, was released.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Marshall played at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Canada after attending Juanita High School in Kirkland. He caught 40 passes in 2009 while at Simon Fraser and had 10 receptions in 2010 for UBC.
Mayowa, a 6-3, 236-pounder, played the University of Idaho. He had three sacks among his 19 tackles last season.
After Sunday’s final minicamp practice, coach Pete Carroll mentioned Mayowa when asked if there were any surprises from the minicamp. “No. 70 jumped out; he was pretty fast on the edge,” Carroll said.
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for May 12 during the final day of the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp:
Tharold Simon. In case you haven’t noticed, Pete Carroll likes his cornerbacks tall, long and physical. And the Seahawks’ coach thinks he has found another one in Simon, a 6-foot-2, 202-pounder who was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.
“He did a good job,” Carroll said during his minicamp wrap-up Q&A with the media. “He fits the profile of the big guys that we like. He’s long. He’s an aggressive kid. He has good savvy, can anticipate routes and things.
“By the time we get him to (training) camp, I would think he can compete with our guys. He looked kind of in the fashion of guys that we like.”
Today, Simon was working on the right side with the No. 1 defense – the spot where 6-4, 221-pound Brandon Browner has been the starter the past two seasons. Saturday, Simon got some snaps on the left side – where 6-3, 195-pound Richard Sherman developed into an All-Pro corner last season after moving into the starting lineup midway through his rookie season in 2011.
The incumbent backups are Walter Thurmond, Jeremy Lane, and Byron Maxwell – each a draft choice since Carroll arrived in 2010, as well as second-year pro DeShawn Shead.
MAKE THAT OH’HARA FLUELLEN
O’Hara Fluellen, a cornerback from Lincoln, was one of the 37 players at this camp on the tryout basis. Today, he made several nice plays – tipping away a pass intended for draft-choice wide receiver Chris Harper along the sideline; jumping in front of the receiver to intercept a pass thrown by tryout QB Jake Mullin; and deflecting another pass to draft-choice tight end Luke Willson.
Asked if there were any surprises among the tryout contingent, Carroll singled out Justin Veltung, a wide receiver from the University of Idaho and Puyallup High School; and Benson Mayowa, a defensive end from Idaho.
“(Veltung) did a nice job,” Carroll said. “And No. 70 (Mayowa) jumped out; he was pretty fast on the edge.
“There were a number of guys that showed some stuff. We’ve got some big decisions to make to try and figure out how we’re going to round out the roster here with five or six guys.”
Which of the tryout players is signed remains to be seen.
“It’s unfortunate, because this is a very difficult team to make and fewer of these guys will get the opportunity to do that,” Carroll said. “But those who do will have earned it and if they can make it through the rigors of camp and early preseason, it will be really exciting.
“Some of these guys won’t play football again. This might have been their last day on a football field. So we tried to show them that we really did appreciate and respect the heck out of what they did for us.”
The veterans return on Monday to begin the final week in Phase 2 of their offseason program, and the lines during drills will be longer because the team’s 11 draft choices and seven of the eight rookie free agents signed after the draft also will be on hand.
“We’re already picturing how (the rookies) are going to fit in,” Carroll said. “The way to do it really is that we’re going to try and champion the strengths that they have – put them in situations where they can be successful early; not ask them to do a lot of things that are unfamiliar to them. With the thought of trying to build their confidence and a sense that they belong and can fit it. Then we’ll expand.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“The grade-school kids are harder than any defense I’ve ever seen.” – quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who was an elementary school teacher between his training-camp stints with the Eagles and Steelers