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Carroll: Okung, Thomas need to get in camp ASAP

Post by Eric Williams on July 31, 2010 at 7:16 pm with 12 Comments »
July 31, 2010 7:18 pm
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gets the crowd going at practice today (AP Photo/John Froschauer).

The second practice this afternoon was a bit subdued compared to the intensity of the early practice.

Several veterans sat out this morning as a preventative measure, including offensive tackle Ray Willis, wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch, as did quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Linebacker Lofa Tatupu also was limited in play this afternoon. And rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond also is on a one-a-day schedule in terms of full practice regimen.

With Tatupu out, Hawthorne moved to middle backer and Will Herring came in to play weak-side backer.

Also, Carroll said he’s been monitoring the negotiations between the team and first-round draft picks Russell Okung and Earl Thomas, and would like them in as soon as possible.

Wide receiver works to get open agaisnt Kelly Jennings (AP Photo/John Froschauer).

“Its’ a day-to-day thing for us,” Carroll said about negotiations. “We’re checking hourly to see how we’re making progress. It very, very difficult on those guys I know. Both those kids are the guys who love football. They want to be here in the worst way.

“And the fact that process isn’t allowing that I know is very tough on those guys.”

Asked if there’s a deadline for getting the two players into camp, Carroll had this to say:

“Yeah yesterday,” he joked. “We’re already past that point. Both those guys were counting on to play and it’s hurting their process when they are not in here. Every day is so important. So we’ll just take one day at a time.”

Carroll also talked about the ongoing legal issues of linebacker Leroy Hill and how they can serve as a possible distraction.

“I don’t think there’s any question that it is a distraction for him,” Carroll said. “It’s something that he has to deal with to some extent, but he’s working very hard. I think this good for him to be here and work, taking care of his business. And then we’ll see what happens. We don’t know what the result of this will be, but we will deal with it when we have more information.”

Things got a little chippy this afternoon, with Aaron Curry and Max Unger involved in shoving match. Unger came to Justin Forsett’s aid after Curry decleated the elusive runner at the end of a play.

And Curry and Forsett were involved in a loud collision with the Cal Product picking Curry up in pass pro, with Curry ultimately running into quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, a no-no.

Carroll said Owen Schmitt has a staff infection in his left elbow and should only be out a day or two. Along with Ryan Powdrell, Quinton Ganther has been working at fullback.

Linebacker Matt McCoy tore his fingernail back, but Carroll said he will try to go tomorrow.

Carroll said recent addition Chester Pitts worked out well when the team brought him in, but he is uncertain when the former Houston Texan will be ready to take the field.

“He has not done a lot of football related, workout stuff so we are going to ease him into the workout portion of it, and when he comes around he comes around, so we don’t know,” Carroll said. “It could even be a couple months even before he gets that done.”

Carroll went on to say the team would like to get him ready to play in a preseason game before the exhibition season is over.

Carroll said the team will practice in full pads on Sunday.

The Seahawks also made a roster move today, claiming long snapper Clint Gresham, a rookie out of Texas Christian who was waived by the New Orleans Saints on Friday, so current long snapper Matt Overton will have some competition.

To make room for Gresham, the Seahawks waived cornerback Marcus Udell.

Some tidbits

*Charlie Whitehurst worked with the first unit and threw the ball well at times, but also appeared to struggle at times getting the ball out quickly. He also fell down on trying to hand the ball off on a running play.

“I thought Charlie was very comfortable,” Carroll said. “He’s very in command of what we’re doing. He just needs to get back out there and run the show, so he can get to the point where he can show us what he looks like in that role.”

* Mike Williams continues to abuse the defensive backfield. He split cornerback Roy Lewis and safety Jamar Adams for a long gain down the sidelines on a pass from J.P Losman. Then a couple plays later moved to the other side and beat Josh Wilson deep.

* Josh Wilson and Kelly Jennings continue to split time at cornerback with the first unit.

* Ben Hamilton took some snaps at center today, with Chris Spencer moving to left guard.

* Rookie safety Kam Chanceller made a nice break on a ball in the middle of the field intended for tight end Anthony McCoy but dropped a sure interception.
That’s all for now.

Notes from practice
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  1. chuck_easton says:

    The fact that Hamilton and not Unger traded places with Spencer should be a strong clue to the fans that this coaching staff just doesn’t see Unger as a center

  2. Why would they have Hamilton move to center? I thought one of the main reasons for bringing him in was to help out Okung on the left side.

  3. Hopefully the next CBA will have 100% slotted rookie salaries to end this holdout nonsense.

  4. williambryan says:

    I agree chuck, I talked about this the other day, Gibbs has had ample time and opportunity to work Unger out at center but he hasn’t. He is a master Oline coach, the people pushing for unger to be the center or regular non HOF coach people. Probably time to let that one go.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, Hamilton at center a bit. Who steps in at center with the twos? Vallos I presume? Thanks for the reports E. Good work.

    The first of many great plays by Kam…

    I can imagine Forsett sticking his nose into Curry, especially after being popped by him earlier. I remember he and Heater colliding in a pass pro drill during last summer’s camp.

    And Carroll’s statements about Pitts should put into perspective just how serious a knee injury he’s recovering from. He will not be stepping into the starting lineup anytime soon.

  6. chuck_easton says:


    I think it’s more a situation where Hamilton is being considered the backup center if the need arises.

  7. chewy724 says:

    Let’s see, last time I posted a comment was 6 months ago and Deionette Branch was on the sideline. I check back and sure enough, Miss Branch is still on the sideline. His must be a great motivator for his teammates.

  8. chuck_easton says:


    While you will find few people on here who can understand how Branch is still on the team let alone running with the first team offense we do have to be fair and state that he was a full participant in the morning practice. He, along with several other first team vets, sat out the afternoon practice as a precaution

  9. chewy724 says:


    You’re right. Let’s be fair and give the guy a chance to justify his 6 yr/$39 mil contract. If he goes back-to-back at any time this preseason, i’ll change my tune.

  10. chuck_easton says:

    As will many others. I still think the season ending hangnail will come the day after he makes the final 53 man roster and his 2010 salary is fully guaranteed

  11. williambryan says:

    Eric, I was wondering if you know or could explore with coach Carroll, how his approach to the preseason will be? Will he only use Matt for the first series or so in the first two games and then for three quarters in the third game as is traditionally done in the NFL? Or will he approach things a little differently? Thanks

  12. williambryan… VERY curious on the approach also…. I would expect a lean toward the win side, given the newness and last 2 seasons…… If me, I would go there until the last pre season…. The last pre season decides the final roster…. and, unlike a lot of other pre seasons';s…. I’d be playing around a lot….. See what I really had in ‘character’, talent, etc…

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