I apologize for the lateness of this post, but here are some notes from Thursday’s OTA.
The main news coming out of Renton on Thursday was Seattle head coach Jim Mora chose not to talk about Michael Vick’s eventual release from home confinement and whether or not he should be reinstated in the NFL.
It seemed like a perfect opportunity for Mora to address the issue and get it behind him with Vick being in the forefront of the news, but now that he has not provided a firm statement that Vick is not in Seattle’s long-term plans, the story will continue to linger until he does so.
I got a chance to talk to recently signed long snapper Bryan Pittman, who seems to be the team’s long-term solution at long snapper. Pittman’s glad to be back with a team for one after going through the diuretic issue and being suspended for four games last season with the Houston Texans.
But the Seattle-area native and University of Washington product is even more pleased to be playing for his hometown team. Pittman went 598 consecutive snaps during his six-year stint with Houston without a glitch, and should be a solid replacement for Jeff Robinson.
Good news on the Walter Jones front. He did some light sprinting at the end of practice with the trainer and seemed to move well. It appears he’s on track to be ready for training camp in July 31, which obviously put Seattle in good position at Tackle if Jones can return healthy.
Jones talked about his situation with Brock Huard and Mike Saulk on ESPN 710 Seattle, which you can listen to in this audio link. The duo also had conversations with GM Tim Ruskell, Patrick Kerney and John Carlson.
Josh Wilson isn’t letting his cornerback position get away from him easily. He had a couple interceptions during practice and a couple of pass break-ups, and seems to be playing with a lot of confidence right now. It should continue to be a good competition between Wilson and Ken Lucas.
Kyle Williams continues to see most of his work at guard, which is an interesting development because Williams played mostly tackle last season, starting the last couple games of the year. Perhaps offensive line coach Mike Solari sees Williams at being more effective at guard. I’ll follow up with this at a later date, but check out the team’s depth chart for this offseason here.
The Seahawks signed linebacker Tony Taylor, who played with the Atlanta Falcons last season, to add depth at linebacker with D.D. Lewis having arthroscopic knee surgery this week. Lewis is expected to be ready for training camp.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said most of the offense has been installed and now offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and the rest of the offense is just trying to figure out what works best for the team’s personnel.
Recently signed fullback Justin Griffith went through individual drills on Thursday but sat out of team drills. Griffith said the ACL surgery on his right knee went well and after seven months he feels like he’s close to being ready to go. Expect Griffith to push Owen Schmitt for the starting fullback position.
Defensive backs coach Tim Lewis said the defense is doing a good job of retaining all of the defenses the team is installing, and he believes the defensive backs group is the deepest in terms of talent from top to bottom that he has coached in the NFL.
I talked with safety Brian Russell about the changes to the defense this season and how things will be different, particularly in the secondary. Listen to the conversation here.
Hasselbeck and Chris Spencer talk about learning the offense with Tony Ventrella from Seahawks.com.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers his report from Thursday’s practice here.
Hasselbeck supports Vick’s return to the NFL.
I also talked with Furness about Thursday’s practice, which you can listen to in this audio link.