The Seattle Seahawks just completed the Sunday morning’s practice. For the second day, the team worked out only in shells. The Hawks haven’t worked out in full gear since the Friday evening practice at UW, as head coach Jim Mora gives the team a blow from full contact practices.
The players also got another welcome break today – no evening practice. Mora decided to cancel the upcoming practice as a reward and added rest as the team heads into a game week with its first exhibition game this Saturday at San Diego. This is something Mike Holmgren would occasionally do during his tenure.
Rookie linebacker Aaron Curry was on the practice field again today and looked more comfortable working with the defense. Curry ran with the first team today during team drills, as the team tries to get him as many reps as possible to get him ready for Saturday.
Lofa Tatupu sat out this morning’s practice, but from we’ve been told the coaches were just giving the starting middle linebacker a blow and he’s not injured.
Also sitting out this morning’s practice were Walter Jones (back), Marcus Trufant (back), Ray Willis (knee), Chris Spencer (ankle), Will Herring (groin), D.D. Lewis (knee) and Grey Ruegamer (left elbow).
Cory Redding (fatigue) was back practicing, along with fellow defensive lineman Michael Bennett (shoulder).
As I noted in my story on the Aaron Curry signing today, Mora said Walter Jones will not play against San Diego on Saturday. Mora also said Trufant seems to be getting better, is continuing to rehabilitate his back and misses being out on the field with his teammates.
TNT’s Dave Boling also offers his thoughts on Curry’s first practice here.
Mora also said the team dodged a bullet with Spencer’s ankle injury, and he might be able to get back on the field sometime this week.
I thought the offense looked a little ragged this morning, with the defense tipping an intercepting a few balls, a false start, a fumbled snap and a few other missed assignments.
Jordan Kent made the biggest play of the day, fully extending and going up high to make a tough catch along the sideline on a fourth and long situation during two-minute team drills.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said the competition for the last, couple receiving spots is the most competitive he’s seen in his 15 years of coaching during training camps, and expects play during preseason games to be the deciding factor for which guys ultimately make the team.
Knapp also said whether or not they keep five or six receivers will depend on how the final, 53-man roster shakes out. He also said he expects to keep three tight ends because of the percentage of two-tight end sets the team runs.
“It’s an unbelievable competition,” Knapp said. “It’s probably been in my 15 years of training camps the best competition at receiving corps. Time after time you’re seeing Jordan Kent, Ben Obomanu, Logan Payne go up and snatch the ball out of the air in one-on-one and tight, zone coverages. I’m only naming three guys, but all of those guys have competed hard.
“I’m tickled how hard they work. It’s to the point where it’s going to make it very hard when it comes to cut down time on who to keep and who to let go because no one is lagging behind.”
I thought during the first week of practices that Obomanu and Courtney Taylor had separated themselves as the two guys competing for those last, two spots. But in the last, few practices, Kent, Payne, Michael Bumpus and Mike Hass all have made plays to put themselves back in the conversation.
The Seahawks ended things on a good note, at least offensively, with running back T.J. Duckett popping a big run on a zone play to the left side of the line.
Both kickers seemed to struggle during the special teams period. Both Olindo Mare and Brandon Coutu missed from 50 yards, with Mare’s kick bounding off the cross bar and landing short, while Coutu curved his wide left. Each also missed a kick from around 40 yards.
Na’Shan Goddard, who had been playing mostly offensive tackle with the second unit, got some work at guard today. Steve Vallos continues to work at center with the first unit, while Max Unger takes most of the snaps at center with the second unit.
Redding also saw some work at defensive tackle today when the defense went nickel, and David Hawthorne worked at middle backer with the first team with Tatupu out.
Mora also got some coaching work done after practice. Mora and Dan Quinn worked with his Mora’s son, 10-year-old Ryder, and the rest of his football team on tackling drills after practice
That’s all for now.