For one of the first times this training camp, the usually subdued offense started yapping as much as the defense, making for a lively practice this morning under stellar blue skies.
The exchanges started when it appeared that Mansfield Wrotto carried a block pretty far downfield, prompting the defenders not in the play to start barking at the offense. As the defense was hooting and hollering, offensive line coach Mike Solari was literally screaming at his players, “That’s a way to come off the line. That’s a way to come off the line.”
A few plays later, with emotions still riding high, the defense came on a blitz. Charlie Frye handed off the ball to Mo Morris on a quick hitter up the middle that went the distance, which gave the offense even more reason to start yapping loudly.
On the next play, Darryl Tapp came screaming through the line, waving his hands around his head as he zipped past Frye, knowing he would have laid him out if he had the opportunity.
It was a fun practice to watch because it was very much like a game and there was a lot of intensity. Before they went into goal line drills, even Mike Holmgren was yelling at his offense, “C’mon, we got to get this. We got to get this.”
The block of the day came from tight end Jeb Putzier, who hit Jason Babin so hard that Babin stumbled backward for three or four steps before landing on him derriere.
The catch of the day came from Jordan Kent, who took a deep pass down the right sideline from Charlie Frye, made a Willie Mays-like catch and hauled it in for a TD. On the same play, though, cornerback Josh Wilson was laying on the turf after the play. It was unclear whether John had his pride wounded for getting beat by Kent or whether it was something else, but he was grabbing his right hammy and limped off, never to return. Kent another fine catch along the left sideline a play later, then made a few more catches, wrapping up a really fine day.
Patrick Kerney was back and fully dressed in the early portion of practice, but then he left to go inside, saying he was going to get taped. He never came back out until the end and was out of uniform. Seahawks PR did not make him available to speak to the media.
Meanwhile, snapper Tyler Schmitt has a bad back right now, forcing the team to sign Tim Lindsey, the kid from West Virginia they signed in the offseason but then waived. To make room on the roster, they released Eric Wicks, who had a leg injury.
Matt Hasselbeck sat out practice again, making it apparent that he will not play Saturday against Chicago. They still haven’t said who the starting QB will be but it seems a good chance that it is Charlie Frye.
In the goal line drills previously mentioned, T.J. Duckett got in for a score on the first play, he was stuffed on the second play and Frye hit Will Heller on the third play but Deon Grant plugged him at the 1. So 1-for-3 for the first team.
The second team scored on the first play on a hard run by Justin Forsett, then scored again when Seneca hit Joe Newton for a score. Forsett was stopped by Lance Laury on the third play.
Before they ended the practice with 7-on-7 drills, Holmgren instructed his young receivers, “You are watching your position and you are learning.”