The Seattle Seahawks practiced just over two hours today, ending practice a little earlier than scheduled.
The team had another special guest walking the sidelines, University of Washington product Brandon Roy, who recently signed a new deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said the team focused on scout stuff for San Diego in preparation for Saturday’s game. Mora said the main thing the Seahawks had to prep for was the Chargers run a 3-4 front defensively, and Seattle has worked mostly against a 4-3 during training camp.
He was pleased to see offensive tackle Walter Jones back out on the field. The big man signed autographs for fans afterward. Jones said that perhaps he tried to come back too early from season-ending microfracture knee surgery, and implied that his back spasms may have been tied to the knee injury.
“That’s a tough call,” he said. “It probably did, but I don’t know. It was just a situation where I think I was rushing it, trying to get back on the football field where (maybe I should have) took my time and stayed patient. But right now I feel pretty good.”
Jones worked through individual work with his position group, including pass blocking work and cut blocking practice on a stand-up pad. He also worked with the scout team offense during team period, and seemed to move well while taking on Patrick Kerney and Darryl Tapp in pass coverage.
Mora joked that it probably the first time Jones had ever worked with the scout squad. Asked about that comment, Jones laughed and said he did some squat squad work when he first got in the league.
Jones said he’d like to return to practice full time next week, and if everything goes well, be ready to play in the team’s preseason game at home against Denver next week.
“I felt pretty good,” Jones said. “I think the toughest thing now is just getting the confidence back. Just getting back and feeling confident that you can go out here and still do your job. And I felt good about that.”
Listen to the conversation with Jones here.
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The Seahawks practiced in shells and went through a more-intense practice than you regularly would before a game, as they worked on polishing things up before Saturday.
We asked about some of the position rotations we might see on Saturday, and after a little coaxing Mora obliged.
He said to expect rookie Aaron Curry to play three quarters, and that he will play some right end, as the team tries to figure out how well Curry can rush the passer.
“We’re going to do it early in the game against some of their better players, guys that play in the regular season games and see how he does,” Mora said.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck only will play a series or two, and Mora said to expect Seneca Wallace to play quite a bit, including some reps with the first team offense.
Defensive end Patrick Kerney returned to practice today after missing the last two days of practices. Mora said Kerney will be a game-time decision.
Center Chris Spencer worked with the first team, and if all goes well, he’ll start with the first unit on Saturday.
Mora said with all of the switching around on the offensive line it’s important to have some stability at center with Spencer and left guard with Rob Sims.
I also talked to offensive coordinator Greg Knapp about Saturday’s game plan, and he said that’s he more concerned with putting players in certain situations so the team can evaluate them more so then trying to establish a rhythm and continuity offensively.
Mora echoed that sentiment.
“We are going to try to master some of the things that we do,” he said. “We’ve got some concepts that we’ve got to work though and schemes that we’ve got to iron out. There’s certain players we want to see do particular things. So that’s more important than game planning at this point.”
Mansfield Wrotto (leg bruise) Grey Ruegamer (elbow), Cory Withrow (leg) and Marcus Trufant (back) sat out the practice.
Wrotto, Ruegamer, Trufant and Jones all will not travel with the team.
That’s all for now.