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The winning bidder and three (3) guests will receive VIP treatment while viewing the afternoon practice on Tuesday, August 11th, during the 2009 Seahawks Training Camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Begin the experience watching player warm-ups from a “third-floor suite” inside the headquarters while enjoying snacks and looking through your Training Camp Gift Bags!
From the suite, guests will be escorted down to the field level to watch practice from the special VIP Hospitality Tent on the sidelines of the practice field. One or two players will circulate through the tent following the completion of practice!
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- Four (4) VIP Gift Bags
- Access to VIP Hospitality Tent
- Brief “meet and greet” with 1-2 players following practice
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A recap of the Wednesday evening practice at Seahawks training camp:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
T.J. Houshmandzadeh. At the end of Tuesday’s practice, when the No. 3 offense was on the field, the veteran wide receiver was assisting with the chain gang by holding one of the yardage markers.
“The more things you can do,” the team’s biggest free agent addition shrugged when asked about the extra duty.
But this evening, Houshmandzadeh was moving the chains.
Tim Ruskell wasn’t kidding last week when the Seahawks president said defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was “as lean and mean a fighting machine as he’s ever been.”
Mebane is down to 301 pounds, after getting as heavy as 330 last season.
The berm is quiet this morning, but the fans will return this afternoon for today’s only practice at Seahawks training camp.
By all accounts, it was all good yesterday, when the first practices ever open to the public in the Seattle area provided fans with a chance to get up-close and even personal with the players.
A few mental snapshots from those inaugural open-to-the-public sessions:
A recap of the Monday evening practice at Seahawks training camp:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Lofa Tatupu. The team’s middle linebacker flaunted his multidimensional game during the full-pads, 105-minute practice – just the latest defensive player to take coordinator Gus Bradley’s pep talk on Sunday night to heart.
Tatupu’s most impressive efforts came in a blitz drill, where the linebackers were matched against running backs. Tatupu beat fullback Dan Curran and running backs T.J. Duckett and Justin Forsett.
“We have the advantage in that drill,” Tatupu said. “The back kind of has to go off what we’re doing.” Read more »
A recap of the Monday morning practice at Seahawks training camp:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Deon Grant. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley challenged his players Sunday night to pickup their play – and make more plays.
Guess who was the leader of the response unit Monday morning? That’s right, the team’s veteran strong safety and defensive co-captain. Grant intercepted a pass that went off the hands of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, broke up another pass and generally was the metronome for the improved play by the entire defense.
“Deon is a leader back there,” Bradley said. “He’s so well respected by his teammates. Now on top of that he makes some plays, that’s exactly what we’re looking for.” Read more »
A recap of the Sunday practice at Seahawks training camp:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Matt Hasselbeck. The weather might be cooling off after the record-setting temperatures last week, but the team’s starting quarterback was just getting warmed up during the 2 hour, 20 minute practice in full pads.
For those fans attending Monday’s open practices – and especially those who aren’t – it seems an appropriate time to offer some observations after the first three practices at the Seahawks training camp.
The three 6:45pm practices at VMAC have been moved up to 6:30pm to allow for more daylight at practice.
One of the more impressive aspects from the first two days of the Seahawks training camp has been the reaction from those players whose efforts have stood out most.
Three practices. Three “players of the day.” Three “say what?” reactions.
Friday, Nate Burleson made a half dozen impressive catches. But when asked about the effort, the veteran wide receiver immediately mentioned the one pass he dropped.
Saturday morning, Ken Lucas broke up passes that were intended for Deion Branch and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who had better position than Lucas to make the plays. But the pass the veteran cornerback dwelled on was one completed because he got a poor break on the ball.
Saturday evening, Justin Forsett made a block that knocked everyone’s socks off – and stoned 240-pound middle linebacker David Hawthorne. But the point made by the 194-pound Forsett was that he needed to hold the block a little longer.
Perfectionists? Perhaps, but they’re definitely realists. To a man, the Seahawks are wearing last year’s 4-12 record like a hair shirt. Several times during the offseason, players would inject their lost season into conversations that where focused on the future not the past. As in, “Well, you know we were 4-12 last year.”
In his first season as coach, Jim Mora is preaching accountability to his players – on every play, in every practice. No excuses. Just results.
The players obviously have taken his challenge to heart.