The Hawks just wrapped up this morning’s practice, and with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck missing for the third straight day and veteran receiver Bobby Engram on the shelf for 6-8 weeks, you can imagine how the offense looked passing the ball — ragged.
In particular, the young receivers really struggled getting off press coverage, as they were knocked off their routes on more than one occasion by physical play from defensive backs like Marcus Trufant.
Seattle head coach Mike Holgren vented his frustrations with the offense in general, and the receivers inability to get open in particular, chastising the offense for looking sloppy during team and 7-on-7 drills.
Quarterback Charlie Frye continued to take most of the reps with the first team, as it appears he will get a lot more action this weekend against Chicago if Hasselbeck’s back continues to bother him.
As you would expect, Frye’s play was uneven. Frye fumbled a couple center exchanges. He overthrew a wide-open Jordan Kent on one crossing route, resulting in a pick by Kelin Johnson. And he also missed a couple open receivers during 7-on-7 drills. But he did hit Jeb Putzier and John Carlson for some nice gains, as both tight ends had a solid practice catching the ball.
Frye said he’s happy to get an opportunity to work with the first offense, and against the first defense. He hasn’t been told if he will play more this weekend.
“It’s good for me,” Frye said about the increased reps. “It’s a chance for me to run some plays that I haven’t had an opportunity to run. Instead of the basic slant or hitch throws that I’ve been running, I’ve been running some more of the fancy plays.”
Receivers Nate Burleson, Logan Payne and Bryant Johnson also came up with a couple nice grabs this morning.
Along with the usual list of suspects who have not been practicing, Leonard Weaver (hamstring) did not practice this morning. Chris Spencer (back), Patrick Kerney (calf), Floyd Womack (knee), Deion Branch (knee), Red Bryant (knee) and Larry Tripplett (knee) also remained on the sidelines.
During special teams period the Seahawks worked on punt protection. Burleson, Ben Obomanu and Seneca Wallace were back catching punts. Running back coach Kasey Dunn had the trio doing an interesting drill. They had to hold two footballs tucked under their armpits while catching punts.
Anyone who has caught punts before can imagine how hard this would be. It’s hard enough judging and catching a punt with the oncoming players coming at you. But the guys seemed to do well, only dropping a couple. I’m assuming the drill makes you focus on catching the punts with your hands.
Ryan Plackemeier looked better punting the ball today, but Reggie Hodges continues to boom the ball during practice. Plackemeier said he feels good, and that he’ll begin to punt better the more he punts as his timing comes back.
“I actually feel more in shape than I’ve been,” he said, referring to all of the rehab work he’s done to get back on the field. “I’ve just got to get the consistency back and the muscle memory back in my leg where I’m hitting the ball consistently.”
Late in practice defensive lineman Rocky Bernard hurt his right leg while flowing to the ball on an outside run play, and had to limp off the field. No word yet on the extent of the injury.
The Seahawks also picked up another offensive lineman, Nick Jones, who the team cut during training camp last season. The move fills the roster spot left by Marcus Tubbs being released.