First, health: Matt Hasselbeck will not practice today because of lingering effects from his hyperextended knee. Charlie Frye will take most of the reps. Why, you ask? I have the answer. Because Seneca Wallace tweaked his calf working out this morning.
Deion Branch is not going to practice this week. Kelly Jennings will practice — but it sounds like he is going to share some time with Josh Wilson at corner. If Jennings is benched, we don’t know, but it doesn’t sound like he has completely lost his job. Holmgren was coy about which personnel changes he will make, saying we have to wait until practice to see.
Regarding Courtney Taylor, Holmgren said he thinks Taylor needs more seasoning, the reason they decided to release him. He said he had his chance early and didn’t make the most of it, and he had been reduced to watching and working with the scout team, so they decided to go with Kent. Of Kent, Holmgren said he gives them “youthful enthusiasm,” which means he often runs the wrong route, but he does give them speed, and that’s what they need right now.
Somebody asked me to ask this, so I queried Holmgren on whether he thought the hit on Matt on Sunday was late. He said it was hard to tell. He said the one thing that may have been questionable is that it is a foul to hit a QB low, and Tuck’s hit on Matt may have been low. But he said it was not blatant enough that he would take issue with it.