Not much changed for Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on Thursda. Seattle’s starting quarterback was a limited participant in practice for a second straight day.
Backup Charlie Whitehurst handled the majority of the reps during this afternoon’s workout, and Jackson looks no closer to playing on Sunday.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that he wants to give Jackson as much healing time as possible to recover from a strained pectoral muscle before letting him throw with authority to see if he can play against Cincinnati on Sunday.
Brandon Browner returned to practice today after missing Wednesday’s practice for a non-injury related issue.
Safety Atari Bigby (hamstring) and Jeron Johnson (ankle) did not practice.
Center Max Unger (foot), running back Marshawn Lynch (back), safety Kam Chancellor (knee) and tight end Zach Miller (head/neck) were full participants.
After practice, Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley talked about the reasons for how well his defense has been playing against the run so far this season.
Along with creating a big, physical front led by guys like Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane and Alan Branch, Bradley said having safeties like Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas to fill in the gaps has been important.
Bradley said Seattle mostly used veteran safety Lawyer Milloy as a run support guy last season. But now Seattle has been alternating Chancellor and Thomas this year so team’s can’t predict which safety will be the fill player in the running game.
“We have to be careful,” Bradley said. “We can’t have him (Thomas) down 50 plays where he’s defending the run. But it just gives us enough where teams can’t just look at us and determine which safety is coming down.”
Bradley went on to say because they didn’t have OTA’s and minicamp, it forced them to shrink things down and focus on what they do best defensively.
“We’ve gotten to the point where maybe last year we’d go with maybe 14 or 15 defenses by personnel group. And this year we’ve made more of a commitment to say, “Hey, this is who we are. Let’s get really good at this. And let’s knock it out and really rep it.’
One Seattle player that is real familiar with Andy Dalton is linebacker David Hawthorne. The two players are TCU products. Hawthorne’s senior season was Dalton’s first as a starter. And Hawthorne regularly goes back to Texas to train at TCU during the offseason.
“I know him pretty well,” Hawthorne said. “I know what kind of quarterback he is. And just watching their offense, they’re a real efficient kind of offense. They don’t do a lot of things to get themselves beat. They pretty much stick to what they do, stick to what they believe in and try and win the game.”
But like any young quarterback, Hawthorne says you have to pressure Dalton into making some mistakes.
“You definitely have to do what you do to young quarterbacks,” Hawthorne said. “You can’t let him get comfortable. You’ve got to disguise. You can’t make anything routine for them. You’ve got to keep them on their toes.”
Also, Seahawks team doctors Ed Khalfayan and Mike McAdam performed successful ankle surgery on cornerback Walter Thurmond today.
For Cincinnati, linebacker Rey Maualuga (ankle) did not practice. Cornerback Nate Clements (knee), linebacker Thomas Howard (hamstring) and linebacker Dan Skuta (groin) were limited participants.
Cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring) and Adam Jones (neck) are full participants.