Some posters have had questions about Leroy Hill. Actually, he looks in better condition than the last couple seasons. Monday, he had an interception in 7-on-7 and looked very quick in the process. He also made a couple nice run stops in team drills.
The linebackers are an interesting group, especially the new faces. KJ Wright, at 6-4, 246 looks too lanky in the middle, and in the first days of camp was spinning around at times in pass coverage. He’s getting more and more comfortable, and a couple times Monday showed good instinct and technique scraping and filling against the run. Malcolm Smith is another, on the outside, who will be interesting to watch. He’s 6-0, 226, but has jets and really closes ground. His experience at that position in the USC defense has to help. Mike Morgan is another who looks lanky as a SAM linebacker, but also has come up with athletic plays.
Doug Baldwin, who has been one of the impressive young receivers, had two uncharacteristic drops. But he’s the receiver that Tarvaris Jackson pinpointed as someone whose play he’s really noticed.
Despite all the speculation about Marcus Trufant as one of the older Seahawks, he’s having a nice camp. Monday, he covered Sidney Rice stride-for-stride and then denied him the ball on a comeback route.
Among the young defensive lineman, rookie Pep Levingston from LSU has made himself noticed with good penetration in team sessions and good efforts against the O Line in pass protection.
A little vignette that I think is important to report as a reflection of a young player growing into his position. On a short pass to Golden Tate, a defender bulldogged him a little roughly. Defensive end Dexter Davis came over to get a little frisky himself. But tackle Russell Okung would have none of that. He hurried over and needed only a quick shove to put an end to Davis’ involvement. This offense hasn’t had that kind of enforcement for a few years, and Okung clearly is stepping up.
Aaron Curry and Kris Durham did not practice.