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Training camp Day 4, night practice

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 3, 2009 at 9:13 pm with 16 Comments »
August 3, 2009 9:13 pm

After going with just shells in the morning practice the Seattle Seahawks put on the full pads in the evening session, with fans again in attendance.

The practice started off with parachutes from a group of U.S. Navy Seals gliding down on the field to the delight of fans.

Things also got a little feisty on the field as well, as we probably saw the most intense hitting since the Seahawks started padding up. One person in particular was a little too enthusiastic, as defensive lineman Michael Bennett was pulled aside by head coach Jim Mora and told the meaning of thud after a sequence of borderline plays, including dragging down and twisting starting running back Julius Jones by his ankle.

Walter Jones (back spasms) again did not suit up for this evening’s practice. Jones was joined on the sideline by Bill McMullen (knee), Owen Schmitt (calf) and Brandon Mebane (bruised knee).

Aaron Curry still is unsigned and was not at practice.

Ray Wills was back at practice after sitting out the morning session to rest his knee.

Cornerback Josh Wilson had a good day, corralling two picks during the evening session, including one during team drills on a pass intended to T.J. Houshmandzadeh over the middle of the defense that had quarterback Matt Hasselbeck yelling “Oh,no” moments after releasing the pass.

Nate Burleson, Justin Forsett, Ben Obomanu, Devin Moore and Seneca Wallace all caught punts today during the special teams session.

The Seahawks again dipped into their bag of tricks, attempting a flea flicker intended to Deon Butler that was almost picked off by Ken Lucas.

It’s hard to get a good read on how the running game is performing, but the running backs for the most part seem to be picking up the scheme well, hitting the holes hard and getting a good feel for where the running lanes are going to be.

Cornerback Kelly Jennings continues to play well. He had a nice pass defense on a deep ball against Nate Burleson where he was beat initially, but recovered to knock the ball away.

Patrick Kerney again participated in team drills and got after it a little more.

Fullback David Kirtman had a nice block on linebacker Leroy Hill on a sweep play.

That’s all for now.

Notes from practice
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  1. I went to practice tonight. I now want to quit my job and try to be a sports writer full time.

    I have material for several stories which I will hope to write in the next several days. Some quick hitters:

    – Starting line looks like this from left to right: Locklear, Sims, Spencer, Wrotto, Willis.
    o Wrotto looked stout in scrimmage and in drills
    o Willis looked gased, looks like he has conditioning issues
    – Nate Burleson is the man! Most players require more than a year to come back from reconstructive knee surgery. Well folks, from what I saw, Nate is more explosive than ever. He looks like he is ready to go the distance at any time.
    – Lofa is a stud. He looks very healthy and very strong. In Mora’s favorite drill, which Mora ran, Lofa made the running backs look ridiculous trying to block him. He used quickness and body control to move right around them. He didn’t even need to use his power, but we saw his power in seven on seven. Lofa is ready to go in ’09.
    – Ben Obamanu looks good. He is ahead of most of the rest of receivers.
    – Devin Moore has a burst that no other back possesses. He has a higher gear. He has a shot to make the team.

  2. I also attended the practice and have a few observations: (Mostly on offense)

    Nate Burleson – The general consensus seems to be that nate is a diamond in the rough at this training camp. Well, Everything spoken and written to this point appears true. He seems to be a step above everyone else on the field. He clearly looks to be making a statement this year. At one point Nate bobbled a short pass some 5 times with either Lucas or Jennings draped all over him and still hauled it in. Immediately following the play when Nate was slotted for rest, he ripped off some 20 pushups just because he bobbled the pass

    Deon Butler – I came to the practice to watch this boy work and burn. I have to say i was a little dissappointed. The speed was pretty evident. However, he still seemed troubled with gaining separation and making all his catches

    Housh and Branch seemed very workman like. Quiet, Dependable, but nothing spectacular from either

    Jordan Kent – was a bit of a surprise given how much I’ve ripped him in the past. He showed explosiveness sticky hands and of course athleticism. He even seemed to play well up the middle unafraid of contact

    The Backs as eric said, seem to be benefiting from this new one cut and run scheme. 90% success on positive yards for a unit suspected in being our weakness.

    Justin Forsett – Seemed to shine every single time he touched the ball. He shows an uncanny sense of balance and a hard cut that makes him the gamebreaker he had shown the previous pre-season

    Devin Moore definitely showed his elite speed to sprint to the end zone after that first cut. However, i never saw moore pick up one blitz effectively, He seems to get tossed around with 1 on 1 with a linebacker or safety. He will be a practice squad project for at least the next year

    Kyle Williams – The one standout for me on O line was surprisingly Kyle Williams playing LT. He is no big walt, but he seems to stand up attackers at ease and throw them around.

    Hasselbeck did not look good, bottom line. (He is absolutely my favorite player before you think im bashing) He had a quite a few throws toward the end in where he seemed to be torquing his body unnaturally which makes me nervous as all get out. However, he showed glimpses of his former self with a little extra zip on his passes.

    Wallace was easily the most accurate passer of the day.

    Mike Teel – I was watching with scrutinizing eyes. He looked good. He made some of the more difficult throws look easy and has shown some great touch on his passes. I am very excited to see this guy develop and I have not said that in ages of any of our QB’s

    The diamond in the rough for defense seems to be cornerback Josh Wilson. He is clearly trying to take Lucas’ spot on the roster and i feel he has a good chance to do so. He was ballhawking all practice picking off at least 2 passes. If i were to continually keep track of a seahawk this preseason it is easily Josh Wilson. He is hungry and I can feel it.

  3. snydro22 says:

    Thanks for the bonus analysis, guys! Nice!

    I am even more stoked now for my August 11th trip to the VMAC.

    One quick note, HawksKD, on Matt Hasselbeck – according to his twitter, he admittedly had a bad practice but said it was because his elbow was bothering him – @MatthewHass008 “Not the best afternoon practice for the kid. Elbow had other plans. Rest & ice tonight — get em tomorrow.”

  4. HawksKD says:

    Awesome snydro thanks. My world was falling out from under me. His throws seemed somewhat mechanically off. At least this explains it. Can’t wait to see him spot on…. I will be there friday sat and monday as well. Interested to see your insight after you attend a practice.

  5. devisscher says:

    Is Red Bryant still working with the second unit?

  6. Glad Forsett is still looking like something special.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Tompage / HawksKD – Great job fellas. Awesome info! I’m stoked about Forsett and Wilson, two of my favorite ‘Hawks having great camps.

    That’s 2 reports I’ve read now about Teel that are positive, a great sign, early.

  8. Audible says:

    Tompage / HawksKD,

    Okay, guys…are you trying to make Eric look bad?! Those reports were the two best updates that I have read on here in a very long time. Eric, my friend…THAT is how it’s done!

    I’m really hoping you guys make it to more practices because I’m in San Diego and can’t attend.

  9. Fourty_five_circa_84 says:

    Thanks Tompage and HawksKD and of course Eric.

    I like what I am hearing about the running game. Though when the D can really tackle, it may change a bit . . . Can’t wait to see Forsett, Teel, Butler (Curry??) in preseason.

  10. Tompage says:

    I guess I was not as impressed with Teel, but I could not see all the offensive part of practice. I was on the end where they were doing more defensive drills. Teel has the weakest arm in camp; even Rowe has a stronger arm than Teel. That doesn’t mean he can’t be effective, but he is not going to be slinging 60 yards passes. If Teel is going to be effective, it is going to be based on accuracy and decision making so arm strength is not everything, but he looks like a Pennington type at best to me.

  11. Looks like I have some folks angling for my job. Good updates fellas, the more information the merrier. Also nice to have people confirming what I’ve already written.

    Devisscher: Bryant’s still working with the second unit. Craig Terrill worked with the first unit in place of Mebane. Bryant’s backing up Colin Cole.

  12. Love the extra reports – pls keep them coming.

    Cool to hear that it looks like Forsett is going to get some run this year.

  13. jzulaski says:

    Hi guys,

    I normally just read and not post but, I’ll be attending the practice this afternoon at 3:30 with my grandson and will will watch the guys you’ve been pointing out and will try to add my own observations later.

    Should be a fun time. My grandson is 13 and just getting interested in football and sports. He’s got a ways to go to get in good enough shape but, he’s started working out and is motivated. This visit to the training camp should help in that regard.

    Keep the feedback coming. We have so many questions this year that it really helps to hear how the question-mark players are doing.



  14. Dukeshire says:

    That’s awesome. You guys will have a great time. It will be fun to read you perspective. It’s really cool to see so many people involved.

  15. chuck_easton says:

    More is better! Eric is doing a great job but he only has 2 eyes and can’t be everywhere at once. The more that people see the better it is for us that can’t be there.

  16. Great reports, guys!

    What about Colin Cole? Chris Spencer?

    I know it is always difficult in practice to get a good view of the battles in the middle of the line, but I’m very interested to watch the battles at DT and C.

    Is Colin Cole looking like the starter he was purported to be? At this point, with the position changes on the O line, I would expect Cole to have the opportunity to bust through while the O lineman are in disarray. If he isn’t, then I hope to see Red Bryant get his chance with the starters.

    What signs are there that Spencer’s back is healthy or not? Is he staying in all plays with the first unit? Or are they giving him lots or breaks?

    Just like last year (when Tubbs and Spencer both went down and our interior were weakened) I always look to these big men in the middle of the lines to show me that we have the strength in the trenches we need to make everything else work.

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