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Sunday practice: Expect some competition

Post by Eric Williams on May 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm with No Comments »
May 3, 2009 2:39 pm

The Seattle Seahawks wrapped up the post-draft, minicamp this afternoon. Provided above is a look-in on the offensive line working on drive blocking, part of the group’s individual workouts before they get together for team drills at the beginning of practice.

With the three-day, minicamp complete, Seattle head coach Jim Mora said the Seahawks will move into Organized Team Activities (OTA’s) starting with the veterans on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Mora said afterward the veterans will get a week off. The rookies will come back on May 17th and will stick around until a couple weeks before training camp.

Mora said although you’d like to see competition at every position, the reality is that’s not always the case.

However, he did say he expects to see competition at defensive line, both on the inside and the outside; at right cornerback between Ken Lucas and Josh Wilson; at the interior offensive line; at back-up receiver, with a group of young guys continuing to compete for the last couple receiver spots on the active roster and long snapper.

"You want everybody to feel like they’ve got to compete for a spot on the team and compete for a spot as a starter," Mora said. "But it’s not reality. But there will be some spots that we’ve got to keep an eye on."

Mora said offensive lineman Max Unger will remain at left guard because he wants him to get comfortable and learn one position, and not take on too much too quick.

Mora also said that veteran players who are sitting out like Walter Jones, Patrick Kerney, Mike Wahle and Cory Redding are all on track to be ready for training camp, and that he’s just giving the veterans some extra time to heal up.

"We’re probably playing it safe with some of those guys, but that’s OK," Mora said. "The older a player gets I think the safer you have to play it with them. We want them to be healthy for training camp. And then we want our team to be at optimal health for the start of the season. So you work with that in mind. Sometimes you feel like maybe you’re babying them a little bit, but at this time of year it’s just important to get them healthy."

Listen to a snippet of Mora’s conversation here.

There were some decent highlights today, including the final play of camp. Matt Hasselbeck faked a hand off and bootlegged to his left, out sprinting a surprised Darryl Tapp to the end zone as the offensive players cheered him on.

Hasselbeck and T.J. Houshmandzadeh also hooked up several times as the Seahawks focused on red-zone offense. Hasselbeck and Houshmandzadeh seemed to be developing a better rapport through the three days of camp.

"I caught a lot of balls today, but they brought me here for a reason," Houshmandzadeh said. "And so you’re brought here to somewhat perform, you want to do what you do and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. I’ve been playing football forever, so it’s easy for me."

Courtney Taylor made a nice catch over the middle and is playing with more confidence. And Ben Obomanu looked good the entire weekend, running precise routes, creating separation and catching everything thrown to him.

Rookie fullback Carl Stewart from Auburn showed a nice ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Red Bryant continues to show a good burst off the line of scrimmage and has been a disruptive fore in the backfield.

Someone asked where free agent running back Tyler Roehl of North Dakota has been playing. The Seahawks have used him mostly as a fullback.

The Seahawks finished with 77 total players on the field on Sunday. Defensive tackle Colin Cole did not practice today but was out on the field. Linebacker Adam Leonard, safety Jamar Adames and receiver Tony Washington were not on the field today. Defensive end Baraka Atkins and Nate Burleson returned to action after sitting out a day.

Players who sat out the entire weekend include DE Brandon Miller (wrist), WR Michael Bumpus (foot), CB Kelly Jennings (shoulder), LB D.D. Lewis (knee), OT Walter Jones (knee), OG Mike Wahle (shoulder), FB Justin Griffith (knee), WR Deion Branch (knee) and DL Cory Redding.

Notes from practice
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