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Hasselbeck: ‘I feel great’

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm with 10 Comments »
August 3, 2010 5:37 pm
Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

One of the main storylines of camp so far has been how impressive quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has looked running the offense.

With much of the base offense now installed, the Seattle Seahawks put in some new stuff on Tuesday, and the team predictably struggled. But Hasselbeck still looked good throwing the ball and going through is progressions.

Asked to explain the difference between the offense this year compared to last season, Hasselbeck said things are a little cleaner and crisper in terms of players executing their assignments offensively this season, and talked about the desire of offensive line Alex Gibbs, who controls the running game, to dominate the line of scrimmage.

“He’s going to put guys in a position to be successful,” Hasselbeck said about Gibbs. “He wants to dominate, not just get the guy.”

The players now get a rare day off on Wednesday, with just a late meeting to attend. Hasselbeck said that head coach Pete Carroll is giving them the day off to honor his now-deceased mother, whose birthday is tomorrow.

“He said it was a way to honor her,” Hasselbeck said. “So we’ll take it, and we accept that. But I think with that comes a huge responsibility as players. It’s an opportunity to do the right thing or the wrong thing. He asked us to get off of our feet, rest – that kind of thing. So hopefully we all take advantage of it.”

In terms of his conditioning, Hasselbeck said his body feels good.

“I feel great, actually,” he said. “It’s probably the best I’ve felt soreness-wise in training camp. Usually training camp is synonymous with just being really sore. And I think we’re all really sore, but I don’t know.

“I don’t know if the offseason just prepared us for it, or if it’s the schedule or what. Or just adrenaline and excitement – I don’t know. But I feel pretty good.”

Offensive tackle Russell Okung did not report to training camp this afternoon, missing his fourth day of camp. With No. 2 pick Ndamukong Suh agreeing to a five-year, $60 million deal, with $40 million guaranteed to play for the Detroit Lions, only Okung and No. 9 overall pick C.J. Spill remain unsigned out of the first round selections.

Hasselbeck said he’s not concerned with the Okung negotiations at this time, but the Seahawks likely want Okung into camp by the end of the week so he can get a week of preparation in before the team’s first preseason game at home against Tennessee.

“It’s nice for us right now because of the competition thing,” Hasselbeck said. “We are pretty talented at a lot of positions, tackle being one where we’ve got Ray Willis and Sean Locklear, two guys who have played a bunch and have played really well. Ray Willis is probably one of the biggest competitors on our team. He came out and in a lot of ways was the MVP of our practice yesterday (Monday).

“So for us as players we have enough to worry about. It’s not in my world right now. I’m not too worried.”

One player who has been impressive is rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond. The 22-year-old tore three major ligaments in his right knee last September while at Oregon.

Thurmond’s been wearing a brace, but he’s looked good out on the field with the defense. The 6-0, 190-pounder could turn into the physical defender the Seahawks have been seeking to pair opposite Marcus Trufant.

So far, Thurmond has worked mostly with the second unit, but also got some time with the first unit working as the nickel back, along with working on the outside with the third unit.

“I’m feeling good,” he said. “My competitive nature is taking over. I want to be in there a lot more just to get the reps and all of that, just to show the coaches and teammates what I have.”

Some tidbits.

* TE Jameson Konz was out on the field today, but not in uniform so it looks like he cleared waivers.

* During team drills the Seahawks attempted a double pass, with Mike Williams trying to throw the ball across the field to Deion Branch. The ball came up woefully short, so either Williams should have taken his glove off or throwing the rock is not his strength.

* Golden Tate made another outstanding catch for a touchdown today, getting past Roy Lewis for a score.

* Tate then made the rookie mistake of continuing to run after he was tagged down on a reverse, with Kevin Vickerson leveling him as he tracked back across the field. Tate jumped up and got in Vickerson’s face, but thankfully for him other teammates stepped in.

* Rookie receiver Kole Heckendorf was drilled by Lawyer Milloy on a crossing route.

* Fullback Ryan Powdrell was drilled by linebacker Leroy Hill after catching a pass out of the backfield. Linebacker Lofa Tatupu was limited today, so David Hawthrone moved inside and Hill worked with the first group at outside backer.

* Linebacker Joe Pawelek, defensive end Lawrence Jackson and safety Kam Chancellor also were limited today, while Josh Pinkard (knee) and Chester Pitts (knee) remain on active PUP.

That is all.

Notes from practice
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Hopefully Carlisle’s offseason program is the reason Hass feels so fresh right now. It would be a pleasant change to have a squad make it through camp in tact.

    Seems like every day Tate makes a stand out play. He and Butler. Great news.

    It’s also nice to hear Thurmond’s knee is coming along and he’s playing well. They desperately need a good young corner. Just can’t have too many on the roster.

    Eric, after only 6 practices, what has been the biggest surprise for you, if anything? Good or bad.

  2. IBGoofy says:

    Tennessee in less than two weeks…. !! Bring it on!

  3. I think we can all agree that the most important thing is to go 4-0 in the preseason.

  4. IBGoofy says:

    Ocho…. I’d be ok with 3-1, lone loss the last week where we use only reserves attempting to prove themselves, but if we go 3-0, I don’t see us losing the last week…….

  5. dirtbiker_joey says:

    What about Losman, how has he looked? I’m afraid he’s going to get significant time this season when Hass goes down. That O-line is not inspiring any confidence that they’ll be able to keep him upright, especially the longer their 6:45:29 PM holds out.

  6. azhawkman says:

    @Ocho, haha yeah we know how far that goes!

    It does seem like Tate is making plays regularly. His ability to get yards after the catch, elude tacklers, etc. is something we just haven’t had in a receiver. I sense they’ll throw him screens, run reverses and stuff to get the ball in his hands in open space…can’t wait to see him shake off P. Willis and step down the sidelines to the endzone!

  7. devisscher says:

    So what happened to Herring working with the first team when Tatupu wasn’t? Hill took his place thanks to performance or salary?

  8. Dukeshire: I think the biggest surprise for me has been the play of rookies like Thurmond, E.J. Wilson and Dexter Davis. Both Wilson and Davis appeared overwhelmed during OTA, but look more comfortable on the field and are playing faster.

    And I just didn’t expect Thurmond to be this far along right now.

    Devisscher: Sorry about that. Herring already is playing with the first unit at stong-side outside backer with Curry out, so that’s why you are seeing Hill moving up as well.

  9. ruminator1 says:

    hass looked very good, poised, efficient, short and long. whitehurst did ok, but seemed to miss a lot. even though earlier reports has losman playing better, i thought today he looked hesitant. he also didn’t get the same number of reps, or at least that was my impression. he was also clearly the 3rd QB, at least at this practice.

    the defensive ends practiced together for awhile. that was interesting. red was fast and looked dominant, though without full pads and full efforts hard to say much. with vickerson standing next to him, big dudes.

    i thought the many manned cameras way up over the field were interesting. obviously they will study alignments, movement, how plays unfold. but they can also see if everyone puts out on every exercise. i was also impressed with the defensive coaches, not only correcting but demonstrating. they were rivetted on gibbs.

    washington very fast running back punts. really quick shifts. williams looked good again i thought. i was surprised at how muscular tate is. reed fast. foley fast and very aggressive.

    like earlier observers, i was impressed with the accuracy and velocity of PC’s throws. even more impressive was his immersion in everything. he was over with the QB’s watching one-0n-ones, then sprinted over to watch a defensive maneuver (the O line sliding right in support of an end around and the D moving right with them.) and then quickly went to watch punt returns. btw, the on-on-one exercise (qb, one defender, one receiver) was way off to an area of the field away from fans. eric probably got to watch up close, but it was hard to see from where i sat. the big thing for me was to be in the presence of “the team,” watching them joke, cheer plays, listen to instruction. hard not to get excited although one series of running plays seemed to stop at the line of scrimmage, shades of recent times.

  10. HawksKD says:

    Thanks ruminator…

    I thought Tate looked less defined than everyone else. He is definitley thick which I know is muscle but it still appears as chubb when standing next to someone as defined as mike Williams.

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