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DE Brock joins practice, QB Portis shines

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm with 12 Comments »
August 6, 2011 1:46 pm
Seattle Seahawks' Josh Portis at a football training camp. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Seattle Seahawks had another long workout this morning in front of the largest crowd of onlookers, with probably about a couple thousand fans showing up at the VMAC.

Again, the offense showed some rust, with the starting offensive line had several false starts, including Russell Okung, Max Unger and Zach Miller jumping off sides at different times during team drills. Rookie James Carpenter jumped off sides twice. Everyone who jumps offside has to run a lap around the field.

One player who has impressed the last couple days is third string quarterback Josh Portis. After struggling with accuracy, fumbled snaps and looking like he was thinking out there the first few days, Portis completed several impressive passes this morning, including a deep ball that rookie Richardo Lockette jumped over Brandon Browner to retrieve in the end zone, and another long completion to Isaiah Stanback.

UW basketball standout Nate Robinson at Seattle Seahawks practice.

“I am really, really excited about Josh,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. “Josh is a guy that I’ve known for so long, since he was a kid. And now to see him after all the travels he’s been through, whether it was high school or college – I think he’s gone to seven or eight schools – and he never really settled in until his last stop at California (Pa.).

“And when he comes to us, you have no idea what he’s going to be like. But he’s in command of the offense as much as he could be at this time. He’s handling the huddle really well. He’s very confident, and he’s really a talented kid. He’s got great feet. He’s got great delivery and a very strong arm. And he’s very poised about it. He’s just been a real pleasant surprise.”

Carroll went on to say that Portis was an important pickup for the team at free agency, but right now is not in the hunt for the second-team job.

“Josh is going to be around here for awhile,” Carroll said. “So we need to see how he develops, because his talent is there. We’re going to take a great look at him. He’ll play a bunch in the preseason. And he’ll play a lot in the San Diego game. So we’re looking forward to seeing him, and getting him out on the field.”

Seattle’s most impressive player in coverage devensively has been safety Earl Thomas, who was glued to Golden Tate in one-on-one drills, and also corralled his first interception today off a tipped ball from Leroy Hill.

Defensive end Raheem Brock practiced for the first time since recently inking a one-year deal to return to Seattle. And Brock was refreshingly honest when asked what brought him back to Seattle.

“Money,” quipped Brock. “I’m happy to be back. I feel like I had unfinished business here. I got started off good last year, and I’d like to finish off good.”

Brock said after posting a career-high nine sacks, his goal this year is to make the Pro Bowl by leading the league in sacks.

“I need to make a Pro Bowl,” he said. “I feel like I’ve done everything else. I’ve been to a couple Super Bowls. I’ve won a Super Bowl. And I’m trying to get to a Pro Bowl.”

With Chris Clemons still out nursing an ankle injury, Brock worked with the first unit at Leo defensive end.

Some tidbits

* The Seahawks went full pads for the first time in training camp, which included a full scrimmage between the young guys where runners could be taken to the ground.

* UW product and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Nate Robinson attended practice today. Robinson had hinted via twitter that he was interested in trying out for the Seahawks, and Carroll responded by inviting him out for a workout.

Well, Robinson apparently took Carroll up on his offer, showing up for practice this morning. But the Slam Dunk champion was just a spectator, watching the defensive backs from the sideline and talking with fellow UW product Roy Lewis.

Robinson originally went to UW on a football scholarship and played cornerback for the Huskies for a year before switching to basketball, so he has the skill set and background to play cornerback.

* Add WR Patrick Williams to the mix of young receivers competing for an opportunity on the 53-man roster. On a Josh Portis throw down the middle of the field that Josh Pinkard appeared to pick off, Williams somehow wrestled away the ball.

* Tight end Anthony McCoy is not helping himself in the battle at tight end, dropping a couple more passes today.

* Golden Tate had a good day catching the ball, doing a nice job of working the middle of the field in the slot. The Seahawks also ran a couple plays to get him the ball out in space along the sideline.

* Cornerback Richard Sherman had an impressive play with the offense backed on the goal line, setting the edge and taking on fullback Ryan Travis, and shucking him to make the tackle on Leon Washington for a safety.

* Carroll said that fullback Michael Robinson came in at 240 pounds in order to do the stuff the team wants out of him from the fullback position. Robinson weighed 223 last year.

Notes from practice
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, I’m curious. There seems to be an inordinate number of tipped balls. In your opinion, what’s causing that; poor placement by the QBs? Unsure hands by the receivers? Or is the defense flying to the ball and making great plays on accurate throws?

    Love reading what Carroll had to say about Portis. Will be fun to watch him Thursday, for sure.

    More false starts by the line. Boling mentioned this on Thursday as well. He indicated that, at least in him opinion, it was Jackson causing it. The line is having difficulty adjusting to his cadence. Whatever the cause, clean it up for christ’s sake. That’s some pretty fundamental stuff.

    The reports coming in on Sherman are what I thought we might be reading about Maxwell. Kid’s having a hell of a camp.

    Some really interesting information here Eric. Thanks.

  2. edstang45 says:

    The sloppy play of the offense is to be expected, with no time with each other Fa’s just now getting out there. Our O-line is so young.. The Players union,and owners have really put there guys behind the 8 ball, They should have put Ins binders on their guys and let them get ready during the negotiations as this is their livelyhood. anyways Eric are the other teams having the same issues as us? we can’t be the only team to be going through this messy start.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    There’s no question that the lockout has absolutely hurt offenses. Especially ones with so many new pieces. But even if these center / QB exchanges and false starts were happening in (what should have been) the first mini-camp in April, I’d be disappointed. Perhaps unreasonably. But still, these type of gaffs cannot happen.

  4. Dukeshire: I think getting their hands on the football is again a point of emphasis for the defense, and with Kam and Earl back there, we’re seeing more of it.

    I wouldn’t be concerned about the false starts. The offense still is getting used to both Tarvaris Jackson and Josh Portis’ cadence, so it’s to be expected. If they can’t get it right by Thursday, they might go a lot on first sound. But those kinds of things should be ironed out by the second preseason game. Usually those things were taken care of in OTAs.

  5. Yeah. I don’t care if it’s early or not… there’s no excuses for basic fundamental things like false start pentalties, whether it’s the first day of practice, week 10 or in the Super Bowl. For the first time in a long time though, I am excited to see our offensive line in game action. I’m not naive enough to think they are going to come out and dominant in the first month of the season, but I expect them to be very good by November. With the coaching and talent they have, I think it’s only a matter of getting comfortable with one another.

    I love Brock’s quote on “money.” Most players only sign free agent deals with teams if they were offered the most money. There are few guys like Dielman (stay home) or some who give up the money to go to a team with a legit chance to win a championship. Mostly, however, it’s about the money.

  6. Eric – what do you think about Portis leading this team if Jackson and Whitehurst get hurt (if he doesn’t beat out Whitehurst for the 2nd string job)? Gut feeling (I know it’s early).

  7. pabuwal says:

    There are so many new faces this year, they are way behind the ball in terms of cohesion because of the lockout, the division may be better and the schedule is definitely tougher.

    This year is the rebuilding year that last year wasn’t. Expectations for this team might be too high.

  8. Sounds like Josh Portis is outplaying both TJ and CW, with the latter having no excuse for being rusty.

    Looks like Seattle may have found a few diamonds in the rough — Portis, Baldwin, Durham — but it’s too early to tell for sure. We have to wait for the real games. But that’s the beauty of training camp — we can dream that the Seahawks have found a few All-Pros who are going to bring us our first Super Bowl.

    PC and JS have certainly brought a lot of excitement to Seattle.

  9. I’m looking forward to seeing this kid Richardo Lockette in the preseason games. When Eric says Lockette “jumped over Brandon Browner”, that’s a 6’4″ experienced CB he beat for a TD. Not bad, kid.

  10. raymaines says:

    PC says: “I am really, really excited about Josh,” … “Josh is a guy that I’ve known for so long, since he was a kid. And now to see him after all the travels he’s been through, whether it was high school or college – I think he’s gone to seven or eight schools – and he never really settled in until his last stop at California (Pa.).

    Actually, it was six. In both high school and collage he went to one school as a freshman, a second school as a sophomore, and two years at the third school. As would be expected, his best years were where he spent two years.

    In his second year of college he was caught cheating on an exam and a year later at a different school, he was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, and fraud for using a stolen credit card.

    Young people sometimes do really stupid stuff, but I would think he has used up all of his second chances. I hope he’s figured things out and sticks around here long enough to be a good QB for my favorite football team.

  11. williambryan says:

    If you haven’t done so yet, video practice report has a shot of marcus trufant perfectly covering Rice, yet Rice still makes the catch (for a TD). He had no business making the catch! but I suspect he is capable of doing that on a regular basis.

  12. IBGoofy says:

    Eric…. thx for the update on PORTIS….

    His 2 years at Div 2 clearly begs for additional proof of his ability, but
    he certainly was one of the nationwide elete at that level…. College
    Buddy of mine says if given some play this year, he is our QB of the
    future…. wouldn’t that be something if he is right? Might even change
    our draft next year….

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