A recap of the activities at the Seahawks’ Bing training camp for Aug. 8:
Duh. Terrell Owens. The future Hall of Fame receiver practiced with the Seahawks for the first time and it seemed like the whole world was watching his every move.
Cameras crowed around the exit to the practice fields at Virginia Mason Athletic Center to capture his emergence from the locker room, wearing a No. 10 blue jersey and a where-do-I-go expression. Those same cameras – including those from ESPN and the NFL Network – were in the media crowd that gathered after practice to capture his every utterance.
It was in between those flirtations with the media mob that Terrell showed glimpses of why the Seahawks signed the 16-year veteran on Monday, as he took more snaps and did more with them than you would expect for a player who last played in the NFL during the 2010 season because he had major knee surgery.
Owens, who checked in 1,078 receptions, 15,934 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns on his resume, got a dozen snaps, caught a couple of passes and was even jammed to the turf by Brandon Browner, the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Pro Bowl cornerback.
His best effort came when Owens got behind the rookie tandem of cornerback Jeremy Lane and safety Winston Guy to make a falling grab along the sideline of a 35-yard pass from Matt Flynn.
Flashing that trademark smile during his post-practice Q&A session, Owens admitted to having some rust in his ample game and assured everyone that they ain’t seen nothing yet.
“Today didn’t go as particularly well as I would like, but it definitely was a step in the right direction,” he said.
“I’ve been rehabbing and working out for the past year since the injury. That’s all I’ve really wanted since I started my trek on this rehab and my journey to get back on the football field, is just an opportunity. That was provided by the Seattle Seahawks and, again, I’m very grateful for that.”
Flynn was among those who came away impressed by his newest teammate.
“Everyone on the team has watched him. Obviously, everyone knows his talent level and what he’s done,” said the QB who will start in Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Titans at CenturyLink Field. “He’s here to make the team better and we’re excited.”
The nickel defensive line. Improving the pass rush was a priority for coach Pete Carroll this offseason after the Seahawks registered 33 sacks last season. So rush-tackle Jason Jones was signed in free agency and rush-end Bruce Irvin was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft to join – and help – Chris Clemons, who had 11 of those sacks.
But who fills the fourth spot? Brandon Mebane, the nose tackle in the base defense? Red Bryant, the tackle-sized end who plays opposite Clemons in the base defense? Alan Branch, the three-technique tackle in the base defense? Clinton McDonald, who works in the tackle rotation in the base defense?
“Right now, we’re running Mac in there,” line coach Todd Wash said of McDonald, who was acquired last August in a trade with the Bengals. “He’s really doing what we’re asking him to do and at the same time we’ve also got Brandon, Red and Branch.
“We’re looking for someone to help push that pocket.”
When push comes to shove, the 6-foot-2, 297-pound McDonald knows how to throw his weight around.
“He’s just so strong,” Wash said. “He’s got a little bit more center of gravity; he’s a little bit closer to the ground. He does a good job of getting under (blockers’) pads and getting push in the pocket. He does a tremendous job with that.”
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Defense: It had to be Browner’s welcome-to-camp jam that sent Owens to the turf.
“He tried to shock release me. He tried to run through me,” Browner said of his run-in with the 6-3, 224-pound Owens in the one-on-one drill. “I’m a big guy. That’s something that will work on somebody a little smaller.”
So Browner treated Owens as just another receiver? “Not just another receiver, that’s T.O.” Browner said. “You know what I mean? He’s one of the legends.”
Offense: Flynn and third-year receiver Golden Tate hooked up on a couple of impressive plays. On the first, Tate went up along the sideline between the Pro Bowl duo of free safety Earl Thomas and Browner, took a shot and still held on to the ball as he was falling out of bounds. On the second, Flynn was flushed from the pocket, rolled to his left and let go with a not-quite-textbook pass that Tate was able to catch behind cornerback Coy Francies and DeShawn Shead.
In between plays: Rushing into the lineup, Irvin was about to collide with running back Tyrell Sutton. Irvin, this year’s first-round draft choice, avoided the collision as he parking-metered the 5-8 Sutton. Parking metered? You remember, hopping over parking meters in a single bound.
IN ’N OUT
Defensive end Dexter Davis returned to practice after missing time with a sore hip and tight end Anthony McCoy also was back. But defensive tackle Alan Branch and tight end Kellen Winslow sat out to rest their knees.
Also sidelined: wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette; linebackers Matt McCoy, Allen Bradford and Jameson Knoz; and offensive linemen James Carpenter and cornerback Walter Thurmond, who remain on the physically unable to perform list.
Another morning practice on Thursday, as the players continue to prepare for Saturday night’s preseason opener.
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A boisterous crowd of 1,480 fans watched practice. While many chanted, “T.O. T.O,” two came with large T’s and O’s made out of cardboard that they lifted to match the chants.
Only three more practices are open to the public – Thursday, as well as next Tuesday and Wednesday. You can register here to attend.
Most of the fans came to today’s practice on the shores of Lake Washington sporting their Seahawks best, including jerseys of players past and present – Matt Hasselbeck (8), Lofa Tatupu (51), Shaun Alexander (37), Julian Peterson (98), Steve Largent (80), Mack Strong (38), Curt Warner (28) and Warren Moon (1); Earl Thomas (29), Marcus Trufant (23), Marshawn Lynch (24), Brandon Mebane (92), Sidney Rice (18), Kam Chancellor (31), Tarvaris Jackson (7), Richard Sherman (25) and Flynn (15) and Tate (81).
But only one was wearing a Chad Brown No. 94 jersey. Brown was a Pro Bowl linebacker from 1997-2004 and also was voted the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.
“I’m just an all-time Seahawk fan,” said Cheyenne Smith, who’s 27 and lives in Darrington. “I like Chad Brown and the way he played. I really do.”
THE ROAD TO …
The club is advising fans attending Saturday night’s game to plan accordingly because state routes 520 (the Evergreen Point floating bridge) and 167 (the Valley Freeway) will be closed.
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“(Number) 81 wasn’t available. There were a couple of options, so I took 10. I look good in 10. So that’s going to be my number.” Owens, who wore No. 81 throughout his career, on switching to No. 10, which was worn most memorably for the Seahawks by former QB Jim Zorn
Terrell Owens is officially back in the NFL as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. The newly-acquired wide receiver hit the practice field just over an hour ago here at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, wearing No. 10.
Owens, the 6-foot-3, 224-pound wideout who ranks second all-time in receiving yardage (15,934) and touchdowns (153) joins the Seahawks in his 16th NFL season. He last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
The six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro receiver is expected to address the media after practice. Stay tuned to Seahawks.com for the full press conference.
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 8.
Yesterday Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll provided some clarity on the team’s quarterback competition, as he announced that quarterback Matt Flynn will take first-team reps for the rest of the week and start the team’s preseason opener this Saturday against the Tennessee Titans. Carroll also anticipates rookie Russell Wilson run with the second unit for the rest of the week and to play the majority of the second half vs. the Titans.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times is quick to point out that although Flynn has been named the starter for Saturday, Tarvaris Jackson is not out of the competition just yet, “[It] doesn’t mean Jackson is no longer a consideration to start, but it does indicate that the Seahawks entered the second phase of their training-camp quarterback competition. For the first nine days of training camp, Carroll rotated the No. 1 quarterback by the day. That will change beginning Wednesday. ‘I can make a little bit of a shift,’ Carroll said, ‘and cut down his (Jackson’s) reps so that we can get a really good look at Matt and at Russell.’ Jackson started 14 regular-season games for the team last year, and he has played for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in each of the previous six seasons going back to Minnesota. ‘We feel like we have a good understanding of what he can do and how he plays,’ Carroll said.”
O’Neil also offers thoughts from Carroll on the acquisition of wide receiver Terrell Owens, and notes that giving a new guy a chance is tactic Carroll has successfully utilized in the past, ” ‘Let’s see where he fits,’ Carroll said. ‘I like the look in his eye. He’s dead serious about proving himself and doing something. So, I’m just going to give him a chance to do it. We’re thrilled to get him out here and have him battle.’ It’s an approach Carroll has used before. He gave Williams an opportunity two years ago, and the result was a 65-catch season. Doug Baldwin got a chance last season and he became the first undrafted rookie to lead an NFL team in catches in more than 40 years.”
Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times calls the signing of wide receiver Terrell Owens a risk worth taking, “He will be a distraction. Seahawks receivers got a taste of that Tuesday when they fielded dozens of questions about Owens and his personality. ‘He’s a future Hall of Famer and he’s done tremendous things in his career,’ Doug Baldwin said. ‘Just being able to hear his thoughts on different things and watch him practice, to be able to learn from him, will be crucial.’ The Seahawks’ need for a big-play, big-guy receiver who can strike fear in defensive backfields is obvious. If Owens still can play like T.O., defenses won’t be able to stuff eight men on the line of scrimmage. They won’t sneak a safety into the box. Owens could be the best thing that ever happened to Baldwin, tight end Kellen Winslow and running back Marshawn Lynch.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his report on Flynn being named the stater vs. Tennessee, “Carroll emphasized that the quarterback rotation was just for this week, and that Jackson remains in the hunt for the regular season starting job. When asked if Jackson will work back into the rotation next week, Carroll said, ‘You’ll have to wait and see. We’ll take it one week at a time.’ ”
Williams also catches up with Seattle receivers Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice, and Braylon Edwardson the addition of adding T.O., “Seattle receiver Sidney Rice said his fellow teammates don’t have any concerns that Owens will be a distraction in the locker room. ‘We are welcoming the guy here,’ Rice said. ‘We are not going to talk bad about him. We are going to try to keep him comfortable in the locker room and get him out here on the field as much as possible to make plays for us.’ ”
John McGrath, writing for The Olympian, says now that Flynn has been named the starter for this week, he must capitalize and prove he can run the show, “Flynn’s promotion to the first team isn’t permanent. Carroll stressed it’s only for one exhibition game – actually, for one half of one exhibition – and the three practices preceding it. Still, Flynn has earned the next-best thing to a starting job. A starting job to lose. If he manages to run a reasonably adept offense for the first 30 minutes Saturday night against the Tennessee Titans – if he keeps mistakes to a minimum and stays out of harm’s way – Flynn will retain the label of starting quarterback for at least another full week, no matter how dazzling rookie Russell Wilson looks in the second half.”
Scott M. Johnson of the Everett Herald catches up with Tommy Benizio, the team president of the IFL team that released Owens in May, ” ‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he still has what it takes to make it at the NFL level,’ said Benizio, whose Allen (Texas) Wranglers of the IFL paid Owens a modest salary for five months before unceremoniously letting him go in late May. ‘I think he’s grown, and he’ll be a tremendous addition (for the Seattle Seahawks, who signed Owens this week). When someone thinks he’s truly hit rock bottom, and God blesses him with another chance, I think he’s going to embrace it with a greater level of enthusiasm. I think he’s going to perform at a high level.’ ”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald tells fans what to expect with the signing of T.O., “Everywhere Owens has gone, he has been the center of attention, whether it has been for his tremendous talent, his memorable touchdown celebrations or his clashes with quarterbacks. But by signing Owens, the Seahawks are taking a gamble that Owens, after a year away from the NFL, is ready to just be a part of the team, not the center of attention. ‘He is extremely hungry and he is humble, and he is determined to finish his career on a good note,’ Carroll said. ‘He wants to be part of a team and he wants to play football. … It was quite clear where he’s coming from and what he’d like to accomplish.’ ”
Boyle also has his story on Flynn being named the starter against Tennessee, “Now to be clear, Carroll did not declare Flynn the winner of Seattle’s much-debated three-man quarterback competition, but a week with the starting offense, and a chance to start the first preseason game certainly gives Seattle’s big offseason acquisition a good opportunity to take the reins in the battle.”
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com has his story on the addition of Owens, and Flynn stepping in.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com comments on the addition of Owens, “Owens is different from [Lendale] White, Mike Williams and some of the other attempted reclamation projects, however. Owens has always produced on the field. He’s always competed hard. He’s played through injuries. He’s also gotten into locker room fights. He has undermined quarterbacks, including Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia. This time, Owens has to know he’s about out of second chances. He has to make this one work, or he’s likely done. Carroll was asked whether one player could wreck a locker room. ‘That’s not even a topic around here,’ Carroll said. ‘Our team is so strong and our guys are so together and our message and what we stand for and all of that. There’s no one guy that’s going to do that to this football team, not even close.’ ”
Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth has his take on Flynn starting against the Titans on Saturday, says that wide receiver Braylon Edwards shined in Tuesday’s practice, and details Owens’ impact that was felt yesterday, even though T.O. hadn’t hit the field yet.
Max Unger joins our player blog, and provides a recap of his busy offseason, details camp life to this point, and looks ahead to the team’s preseason opener.
And finally, for a more visual look at the Seahawks’ busy Tuesday, Tony Ventrella has you covered in our Seahawks Daily.
A recap of the activities at the Seahawks’ Bing training camp for Aug. 7:
Braylon Edwards. Just-signed Terrell Owens wasn’t on the practice field. The recently signed Edwards was, and the veteran wide receiver put on a show during the 2½-hour practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
“Braylon has done very well,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s learning very fast. He’s had a chance to compete right from the beginning. He’s made some big grabs already. He did it again today.
“So he’s factoring in and making a bid for playing time.”
Edwards’ beginning to this camp came a little later than most of the other players, as he was signed a week ago. But the former first-round draft choice of the Browns (2005) who also has played for the Jets (2009-10) and 49ers (2011) is making up for his delayed start.
Today, Edwards stayed with a play where the ball went off the hands of Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner and was able to catch the carom.
“It’s definitely staying with the play,” Edwards said. “Getting open, holding the line and keeping the DB behind you.”
That, however, was just a warm-up as the 6-foot-3 Edwards then pulled down a Tarvaris Jackson pass despite tight cover from 6-3 cornerback Richard Sherman.
“Sherm expected me to go back inside,” Edwards said. “I didn’t. I kept it outside. It was a good throw and we made a play.”
Then there was the TD catch that wasn’t. Or was it? Edwards made a great effort to haul in a pass from rookie QB Russell Wilson on the other side of the end zone, but the official ruled he came down out of bounds. Edwards couldn’t wait for the instant replay.
“We’re going to go look at that film,” he said, smiling. “I think they both were good.”
Carroll said Owens is scheduled to practice for the first time Wednesday morning and will be wearing No. 10.
Defensive tackles. After giving up too much ground in Sunday’s mock game, line coach Todd Wash challenged his unit – especially the tackles. They not only answered that challenge today, they did it emphatically.
“I don’t know if we had our best day up front in the mock game, so we challenged ourselves in the meeting room that we’ve got to do a better job of reestablishing the line of scrimmage and being active,” Wash said. “We were getting chewed up a little bit on some play-action stuff on Sunday.
“They took it to heart and came out today and played with really good effort.”
The best thing about the bounce-back performance? It wasn’t just a player or two; it was seemingly everyone in the full-team period that ended practice.
Nose tackle Brandon Mebane and end Red Bryant sandwiched Marshawn Lynch for no gain. Rookie tackle Jaye Howard got to Lynch 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage. The versatile Jason Jones got to Matt Flynn for a “sack.” Second-year tackle Pep Levingston stopped Tyrell Sutton for no gain. Howard got the penetration on a play where Sutton had to squirm and wiggle to gain 3 yards.
“They take a lot of pride in what they do,” Wash said. “And they know that the way they got it done on Sunday was not to the level of our expectations. So they came out, challenged themselves and had a good day.”
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Offense: Let’s go with the best of Edwards’ efforts, the TD pass he caught against the long-armed Sherman at the right edge of the end zone.
Defense: Leo end Chris Clemons had a tempo-setter early in practice when he popped wide receiver Deon Butler to the turf after a short reception. The effort set off a celebration among the other defensive players.
IN ’N OUT
Cornerback Donny Lisowski, a rookie free agent from Montana and Seattle’s O’Dea High School, was released to clear a spot on the 90-man roster for Owens.
Bryant and Jones and rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner returned to practice. Still sitting out: wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette; tight end Anthony McCoy; linebackers Matt McCoy, Jameson Konz and Allen Bradford; defensive end Dexter Davis; and the two players on the physically unable to perform list – offensive lineman James Carpenter and cornerback Walter Thurmond.
Flynn will run the No. 1 offense the rest of week, starting with Wednesday’s practice, as Carroll said the free-agent acquisition will start at quarterback in Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Titans at CenturyLink Field.
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Today’s cloud-covered practice attracted 1,264 fans. Only four more practices are open to the public – Wednesday and Thursday this week and Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Each sessions starts at 10 a.m. and you can register here to attend.
With state routes 520 and 167 closed this weekend, fans attending Saturday night’s game are advised to plan accordingly. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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“You know what happened? They gave us a day off. They gave John (Schneider, the GM) and I a day off and look what happened. That’s kind of what it was. We looked at each other, ‘Hey, let’s get something cooking.’ Bam, we did.” – Carroll, when asked why the team decided to sign Owens now
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 7.
Late Monday night the team announced they had agreed to terms on a contract with wide receiver Terrell Owens, the prolific wideout who ranks second in NFL history in receiving yardage (15,934) and receiving touchdowns (153), and who last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times offers his thoughts on the ‘Hawks agreeing to terms with Owens, “The Seahawks have been looking at veteran wide receivers for more than a month, signing first Antonio Bryant — who was released Sunday — then Braylon Edwards, who was added Tuesday, and now the Seahawks are looking at Owens. Edwards and Owens ranked second and third, respectively, in the league in touchdown passes, but that was five years ago. At the very least, those are two physical receivers who will be able to test the Seahawks physical cornerbacks in practice. In a best-case scenario, Edwards and/or Owens would use this chance with Seattle to springboard back to the top of an NFL depth chart.
O’Neil also has his notes on the Seahawks 2012 draft class thus far into camp, including a thought on sixth round draft pick defensive back Winston Guy, “He played four different positions in college, and it looks like he’ll have a role right away in Seattle’s defense in the Seahawks’ Bandit package, which puts six defensive backs on the field at the same time.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at what Owens can bring to Seattle, “Owens has experience working in the West Coast offense from his time in San Francisco and Philadelphia, so he should pick up Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s version of the offense quickly. Owens provides experience and depth for a team lacking both at receiver.”
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune offers an in-depth look at the Seahawks competition for a starting quarterback, including a look at the strengths and weaknesses associated with each.
John Boyle at the Everett Herald comments on the Owens addition, and digs up some comments from coach Pete Carroll on T.O., “Two years ago, when the Seahawks were in the early stages of a rebuilding process, Carroll took a pass on Owens, who was available before signing with the Bengals. Asked on an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle if Seattle was interested in Owens, Carroll dismissed the idea. ‘I really like Terrell, but we won’t be able to do that this time around,’ Carroll said. ‘I think at our time of our program development — I like him and all of that — but we’re going to continue to work with the guys that we’ve got and go in a different direction than that. … That’s not the right guy for us at this time.’ Yet two years later, the Seahawks believe Owens is, or at least has a chance to be, the right guy at this time. And if Owens is still physically able to play, and if he can avoid being a distraction, he does possess an on-field resume that is hard to ignore. A six-time Pro Bowler, Owens has nine seasons with 1,000 or more receiving yards, and ranks second all time to Jerry Rice in career receiving yards.”
Brock Huard of mynorthwest.com says there is plenty to like about the ‘Hawks addition of Owens, “Owens is one big dude. A wideout with a huge catching radius like Owens is quarterback’s best friend. Unlike Antonio Bryant, Mike Williams, Plaxico Burress, and even Braylon Edwards, Owens has also been incredibly productive when given the opportunity in his most recent years. A torn ACL sidelined him in 2011, but with three different teams from 2008-2010 he averaged 65 receptions and over 950 yards. Remember that Doug Baldwin led this team with 51 catches and 788 yards last season.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has an interesting look at the 2010 Terrell Owens vs. Seahawks’ current roster, noting that in ’10 Owens’ 72 catches for 983 yards and nine scores outproduced any current Seattle wide receiver’s numbers from 2010 and 2011 combined.
At NFL.com, Dan Hanzus has his report on T.O., and takes a look at what the addition of Owens and Braylon Edwards could mean for the rest of the Seahawks receiving corps.
Also at NFL.com, Gregg Rosenthal likes the Seattle Seahawks as his choice to make the playoffs out of teams with quarterback battles, “The Miami Dolphins are the only team I would count out of this discussion. The Tennessee Titans have enough offensive talent and play in a weak division. The Arizona Cardinals have an improved, younger defense. The Seattle Seahawks are my choice, though, because they have a more improved, more talented young defense. Pete Carroll’s team, like division foe San Francisco, was greater than the sum of its parts by the end of last year. With a little help from Matt Flynn, the Seahawks can win the NFC West.”
Rosenthal also calls Carroll “The Right Boss”to handle the addition of a guy like T.O., “Pete Carroll hasn’t won in the regular season, much less ‘forever’ during his two seasons with the Seahawks. But Carroll is one of the few coaches in the NFL with the juice to pull off a move like this. Carroll doesn’t answer to general manager John Schneider. Ownership certainly isn’t going to get in the way. Carroll is the new Big Show in town. It’s a joy to have Carroll back in the NFL because he does things differently. He thinks differently. He talks differently. He drafts and signs differently. You might not agree with a lot of what Carroll does, but at least he’s not following someone else’s script. Part of that script includes reclaiming value in surprising places. Mike Williams was salvaged off the scrap heap, albeit briefly. Starting cornerback Brandon Browner is a 6-foot-3 former CFL star. The Seahawks kick the tires on a guy like Antonio Bryant, sign him, and then toss him aside a week later with nothing lost but a little time. Most coaches pay lip service to competition, but Carroll truly seems to play the guys who perform best in practice. That helps Owens.”
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his take on Owens, “Part of the Seahawks’ interest in Owens is the fact that they’re still looking for a bigger receiver to replace split end Mike Williams, the team’s leading receiver in 2010 who was released last month. Part of the intrigue is Owens’ past production, which includes 12 seasons with at least 60 receptions, nine seasons with at 1,000 receiving yards and eight seasons with double-digit touchdown catches.”
Farnsworth also looks back on Sunday’s team scrimmage in his latest edition of ‘Hawkville’, including a look at rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin, “On back-to-back snaps, Irvin displayed a boggling bust to pressure and ‘sack’ [Tarvaris] Jackson and then tipped the third-down pass incomplete. But his even-better effort was chasing down Marshawn Lynch at the end of a 70-yard run. ‘That’s not a surprise,’ Carroll said. ‘He can fly.’ ”
And with Cortez Kennedy finally entrenched in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Farnsworth tries to answers one last question: What took so long? Farnsworth caught up with Tez’s former teammate, Eugene Robinson, who offered, ” ‘If Tez had played in New York or Dallas, oh my goodness,’ said Robinson, Kennedy’s teammate from 1990-95 and also on the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team. ‘They would have changed the rules. Tez would have been in the Hall before his career was over. He was that good. He was that dominating.’ ”
Running back and return specialist Leon Washington comes at us with our second installment of ‘Camp Dayz’ – a behind the scenes video feature of Bing Training Camp.
Also of note: The Seahawks practice times for the remainder of Bing Training Camp have been moved back to the 10:00 a.m.-hour time slot, including the five sessions that are open to fans. You can view the updated schedule and register for a session here.
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 6.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times recaps Sunday’s practice, which featured a mock game between the ‘Hawks offense and defense, “Tarvaris Jackson began Sunday’s scrimmage the same way he started training camp: Taking snaps with the first-unit offense. The scrimmage consisted of 80 plays, and while players were in pads and uniform pants, there was no tackling as plays stopped at first contact with the ball carrier.”
O’Neil also has a mention of wide receiver Terrell Owens making a visit to Seattle for a try-out today, a story which was first reported by Dave “Softy” Mahler of 950 KJR AM, and later confirmed by the team, “Owens did not play in the NFL last season as he recovered from a left knee injury that required surgery. He caught 72 passes for the Bengals in 2010. Cincinnati was his third team in three years. He played for the Cowboys in 2008 and Buffalo in 2009 before joining Cincinnati. Owens, 38, last topped 1,000 yards receiving in 2008.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his notes after Sunday’s mock game, and comments from head coach Pete Carroll on the quarterback competition, “Carroll said he’d like the starter for the team’s first preseason game in place by Wednesday, when the Seahawks begin preparation for the Titans. ‘I’m really anxious to see the film and see what it tells me,’ Carroll said. ‘The plan that we set in motion is right on course right now. It’s going just right. I would like to figure this out as soon as possible. I have thought that the whole time, but I felt like it was going to take awhile. And so we have a big day today and tomorrow evaluating it. And then we’ll come back on Tuesday and set it in motion. We start the game week on Wednesday. And we’ll let you know how that goes when we get there.’ ”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald gives his take on the Seahawks hosting T.O. for a tryout today, “Owens is the highest profile past-his-prime receiver to get a look from the Seahawks, but not the first. Prior to the start of training camp, the Seahawks worked out Antonio Bryant, who had been out of the NFL for two seasons, as well as Braylon Edwards, and eventually signed both. The Seahawks released Bryant Sunday, but the fact that they are kicking the tires, so to speak, on Owens means they still have questions at receiver. Seattle released Mike Williams, a starter for the past two seasons, prior to training camp, leaving the door open for someone like Golden Tate to earn the starting job opposite Sidney Rice. Tate has had a strong first week of training camp, but the Seahawks still appear to be interested in finding a veteran presence who can help the team.”
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has a very detailed look at Sunday’s mock game, including the game’s unofficial stats, “All three quarterbacks led scoring drives for the offense. Flynn connected with TE Cooper Helfet for a 17-yard touchdown. Jackson ran in for a score from five yards out and Wilson set up a field goal with just seconds remaining in the practice as Wiggs connected from 45 yards out. Flynn led another drive down to the 1-yard line before having a pass intended for TE Sean McGrath deflected by DE Cordarro Law into the hands of LB Mike Morgan for a touchback. It was the only turnover by the offense all day. Flynn finished the scrimmage 9-for-20 for 118 yards, a touchdown, an interception and was sacked twice. Wilson was efficient as well in his opportunities going 9-for-15 (with two spikes to stop the clock) for 116 yards.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his thoughts on T.O.’s tryout with the Seahawks, “The Seahawks don’t have the quarterbacks to handle a player with Owens’ reputation. For that reason, I’d be skeptical of any move to add Owens at this time. The three quarterbacks on the roster are having a tough enough time establishing themselves without adding a wild card such as Owens to the equation. Coach Pete Carroll’s handling of quarterbacks has already come under question.”
NFL.com’s Around the League discusses T.O.’s tryout in Seattle in this short video.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth is back from covering Cortez Kennedy’s enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and gives us a look at Sunday in Hawkville, with a focus on recently re-signed kicker Carson Wiggs, “The strong-legged Wiggs kicked field goals of 45, 37 and 19 yards and added a pair of PATs during the mock-game portion of today’s two-hour, 15-minute practice. Not bad for a guy who had not kicked since being released last week to clear a roster spot for tight end Cooper Helfet. ‘Good day today,’ a smiling Wiggs said. ‘I didn’t kick while I was gone. It was kind of a vacation, maybe a blessing from the sky. So I came back with a fresh leg.’ ”
Farnsworth also calls attention to the actions of Richard Sherman during Sunday’s mock game, “Sunday, the second-year cornerback who became a sudden and successful starter last season also displayed maturity and leadership beyond his years during a mock game that highlighted the team’s sun-drenched training camp practice. When Jeremy Lane put too much extra in the extracurricular activity after a play and was banished from the practice field by coach Pete Carroll, it was Sherman who put his arm around the rookie cornerback on the sideline to explain why Lane’s actions were a lane violation. Later, after tight end Kellen Winslow caught a sideline pass and tossed the ball at the defender, it again was Sherman who was the voice of reason for his more-experienced teammate.”
Lastly from Farnsworth we have a look at day eight of the quarterback competition, “To this point in camp, the QBs had rotated running the No. 1 offense on a daily basis – first incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson, then free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn and finally rookie Russell Wilson. But today, it was Jackson for the second consecutive day as the team held a mock game. ‘It was important for him to have this first day,’ Carroll said. ‘That was the plan, and we planned it exactly right today.’ ”
For video highlights, player interviews, and commentary on yesterday’s mock game, Tony Ventrella has you covered in our Seahawks Daily.