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Houshmandzadeh inching toward full-go

Post by Eric Williams on June 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm with 15 Comments »
June 15, 2010 3:31 pm

WR Mike Williams brings down a ball over CB Josh Wilson (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Seahawks veteran wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh had a helmet with him on the field and worked through individual drills for the first time since receiving sports hernia surgery in April.

Both Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch worked on agility drills on the hill near the practice field with team trainers and also ran routes after practice.

Running back Leon Washington also worked through agility drills after practice, and all three appear to be working their way toward getting on the field full time for the beginning of training camp at the end of July.

“This was an exciting day for us to see T.J. get back on the field, and Deion get back on the field and catch some balls,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. “It’s been a long time that those guys have been out … and today at the end of practice it was good to see those guys get out in really good tempo run some routes, which means that they are really on the mend, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they could some work next week, but certainly they are going to be ready for camp.”

Today several receivers made plays on deep balls, to the chagrin of secondary coach Jerry Gray, who told his corners to play more aggressive at the line of scrimmage.

Mike Williams continued to shine, making an impressive play on a deep ball against Josh Wilson. However, Ben Obomanu, Deon Butler, Golden Tate and Kole Heckendorf also got behind the back end of the defense for long gains, as the offense seemed to be clicking on Tuesday.

Some tidbits

* New defensive lineman Will Tukuafu worked at 3-tech with the third unit, while the other new addition defensive end Barrett Moen worked at nose.

* Linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who is recovering from a torn pectoral muscle he suffered last season, sat out of today’s practice, along with cornerback Walter Thurmond (knee) and free agent pickup Josh Pinkard (unspecified).

* Free agent pickup Justin Rose from Ohio State reported to OTAs for the first time, now that school’s graduation class has finished up. At 6-foot-4, 291 pounds Rose looks like a typical Ohio State product – a big, strong guy who can run. Rose is working at 5-tech.

* Wide receiver Reggie Williams is starting to make his presence known during workouts. He had a couple, nice catches over the middle of the defense and said he’s getting more comfortable in Seattle’s offensive scheme.

* Julius Jones struggled to hold onto the ball during 9-on-7 inside running drills, twice putting the ball on the ground.

Notes from practice
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  1. HHHousshhh!
    Even though I was against the signing of Branch from the onset it would be nice to get some value after giving up a 1st. Just don’t see that happening though. Tate can go up in a crowd and come away with the trophy. Hawks needed that during their 5 year playoff run, some sure hands. Also, waiting in the wings is Butler , another small speedster. But Bates has commented on Branch so we shall see.

  2. Yeah, getting Deion back on the field is good. How long before his wasted roster spot is in hurting with an ingrown hair in his ear that had to be removed by his wife with a tweezers but ended up causing an infection that will derail his season? I can see him missing 5 games with that one. And then another from falling down at practice (on a ball he dropped and fell on). Then he’s got to be ready to tear his other ACL, kind of like the Green Bay game where he tore it by running or cutting or whatever it was. All I know is there was no contact. If Branch is “competing” for his roster spot, he’s certainly behind in the game (unless some of the competing stuff is just talk).

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, Hasn’t Lofa been a full go through most of the OTAs and mini-camps? Is sitting him out precautionary or was he dinged somewhere else? And how did Hill look today? With Lofa out, did Heater slid to MLB and Hill take Will or was it Herring? Thanks in advance.

    I’m very happy to hear Housh is now back in the fold. He is an important piece to their success on offense.

  4. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I want to know about Deon Butler.

    I was pissed when we didn’t re-sign Bobby Engram before the start of last season. But Deon Butler was supposed to be the new and improved version of Bobby Engram: Butler had better numbers at Penn State than Engram did, and he was supposed to be a lot faster than Engram (and most everyone else) too. So what’s going on with him? In OTA’s is he working with the first, or second, team? In the last article I read that mentioned him the author intimated that he might not make the team this year. Is that true? If so, why?

  5. Dukeshire says:

    DSF – Eric will certainly be able to speak to Butler’s play this off-season with more authority than I. But if I may; Butler was never intended to be a replacement for Engram. If anything, that position, the slot receiver or Y, would be Housh’s. Butler will be playing more flanker or Z position, off the line to avoid getting jammed. We should rarely see Butler going over the middle, as Engram often did with so much success. He is a deeper threat, someone who should be able to get behind corners.

  6. Dukeshire: I believe they are just being cautious with Lofa, and resting him periodically to make sure he doesn’t reinjure his pectoral muscle. You are correct. With Lofa out Hawthorne slid over to Mike and Herring played Will. Leroy saw most of his time at Will with the second and third team. He looked good and moved well, although he did appear winded at times, which is expected.

    DSF: As Dukeshire said, Butler is more of an outside receiver and deep threat at this time, and not a polished route runner who will work the middle of the field. That’s what Housh and Branch are for. Butler has definitely had his moments at camp, but he also shined during OTAs last year. He has to continue to play well when they put the full pads on.

  7. chuck_easton says:

    I think the knock on Butler comes down to the inevitable truth. He’s a little guy who plays like a little guy. He’s fast but a stiff breeze seems to knock him down or, at best, knock him off stride.

    Tate is small but plays big. Forsett is small but plays huge. Josh Wilson is small but plays with an attitude that he’s somehow 6 feet tall.

    Butler is small and plays small. Not a good combination. He’ll win any race to the endzone if he and the DB are forced to line up side by side and the NFL institutes the rule that you can’t touch anyone under 6 feet and 200 lbs.

  8. BobbyAyala says:

    Think that’s an awfully premature label to stick on Butler.

    The kid hasn’t had a chance to show anything.

  9. Those mentioned weigh in at 190, Tate 200. Kelly Jennings is but 175 and pushed around. But, even KJ has Butler by 5 lbs. He plays small because he is .. just a paper weight.

    O/T .. Breaking news NFL Network. Haynesworth will not report to mandatory minicamp Wed and requests a trade.
    To my knowledge Mike Shanahan has never ran a 3-4. So why alienate an NFL high profile player? Stick with what won you 2 SB’s and put on a happy :)

    Should we cut Branch and his 8M contract having already shed Kerney 7.7M, Grant 6M, Burleson 4M and Redding 2M. That is a staggering 28M and doesn’t include Walter Jones 7.7M.

    In an uncapped year the Seahawks have gone bargain basement. LeRoy Hill is to make 6.3M.

  10. chuck_easton says:


    That isn’t my label. That is right from Carroll who earlier this pre-season made the comment that Butler needs to learn to stay on his feet when hit.

    He’s never going to be the type of guy who will get you those YAC’s because he just can’t ‘stand up’ to the hits.

    His saving grace is you can’t hit what you can’t catch. But he has to get free of the DB’s to use the speed.

  11. BobbyAyala says:

    The cupboard’s full at WR, I would be surprised if Butler made it out of camp, quite frankly.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    He’s not a terribly physical receiver, that’s why Carroll has moved him to flanker, so he can avoid getting knocked off his route at the line. That should be a better fit for him. It will be interesting to see how he plays this preseason.

    They have a ton of bodies there, but I’d not go quite so far as to say the cupboard’s full. Still a lot of question marks. If everyone’s healthy and plays to their ability, I’d agree then, it will be a very strong unit. Be they’ve got a ways to go still.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    To supplement Eric’s coverage today, Malcolmson at ‘ offered these highlights…

  14. snydro22 says:

    So diplomatic.. ;)

  15. Please, T.J. Just shut your mouth and come back HEALTHY.

    If T.J. does not get healthy in a hurry, the team might possibly offer a contract to T.O. to fill the hole. Please. God. No.

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