Tight end Kellen Winslow said he’s ready for a fresh start after the trade from Tampa Bay, as he practiced with his new team this week at the VMAC.
Winslow talked to Seattle-area reporters for the first time this afternoon after practice, saying there should be no issue getting on the same page with fellow tight end Zach Miller and the rest of his new offense.
“Zach Miller is a proven veteran here,” Winslow said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to do something like the Patriots are doing, with (Rob) Gronkowski and (Aaron) Hernandez. We kind of fit that mold, so I’m sure we’ll be fine.”
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said the team is aware of Winslow’s knee issues, and the team will manage the situation as best they can.
“He’s got some health issues that we’re going to deal with to make sure we monitor them really well, so he can play his best,” Carroll said. “We’re absolutely tuned into it, and we know a lot about the history. We’ll learn a lot more.
“But we think it’s such a fantastic addition because he can make things happen. He can make plays. He should be a big factor on third down and in the red zone.”
Winslow said the offense he worked in at Tampa Bay was similar to what they are doing in Seattle, which has helped ease the transition. Winslow didn’t get a lot of reps, but he looked fine moving around the field today, and the Seahawks used him in several different alignments, both on the line of scrimmage and as a movement guy.
Receiver Golden Tate, rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons were among the players not practicing today.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said Tate fell on his hand on Wednesday and that it’s in a cast. Carroll said he does not know how bad Tate’s injury is. Irvin was excused to attend the funeral of former West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart. And Carroll said that Clemons was just “not here,” so you can take that for what you will. They are called voluntary OTAs for a reason.
Dexter Davis, Jameson Konz, Winston Guy, Byron Maxwell, Walter Thurmond, Charly Martin, Mike Williams and Barrett Ruud were on hand but did not practice because of injuries.
* Carroll said the quarterbacks split reps evenly, with Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson taking about a third each with the first unit, and Josh Portis mostly watching from the sidelines.
Each quarterback had a few bright spots.
Wilson made a couple impressive throws, including a frozen rope to Jermaine Kearse on a comeback route while rolling to his right. But Wilson also was baited into an interception by Kam Chancellor on a flat route intended for Doug Baldwin, and overthrew a couple open receivers that could have been big gains down the sideline.
Flynn made a nice touch pass to Deon Butler on a corner route, but also showed limited arm strength on a backside throw down the seam to Cameron Morrah that the Cal tight end had to come back for.
Jackson showed impressive arm strength on some throws down the middle of the defense, including a long completion to tight end John Nalbone. But he also threw a pick to rookie linebacker Robert Wagner intended for Butler on 7-on-7, and had a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage by defensive tackle Alan Branch.
Overall, none of the three really stood out from the other at the 90-minute practice.
“The first day was T-Jack’s day,” Carroll said. “The second day was Matt’s day. And Russell got more shots with them today. And we’ll continue to just rotate it like that.
“Again, it’s to present the competition as balanced as we can. And we need to see them with all the guys.”
Carroll would not put a time table on when he will make a decision on who will be the starting quarterback, but he did say it will likely take preseason games to make a determination.
“I know we’re going to need the games to see stuff,” Carroll said. “These guys are going to do really well. They’re not making a lot of mistakes. They’re not way off base on any of the things that they’re doing. Everybody is making good, solid progress, and I think it’s going to continue to look like that. So it’s likely going to go to games.”
* Carroll said that offensive tackle James Carpenter ran for the first time today, and continues to show progress while rehabbing from an ACL injury.
* Things got a little chippy when veteran receiver Ben Obomanu locked up with rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane down the field after the whistle blew. The two had to be separated, and safety Earl Thomas came to the defense of Lane, taking a swing at Obomanu as he walked off, which led to Doug Baldwin and Mike Williams coming to the defense of Obomanu.
A lot of woofing between the receiver and defensive backs group ensued, but nothing more
“We’re asking these guys to work really hard, and it really matters to them and they really care,” Carroll said. “And they want to make their plays and their statements, and I don’t blame them one bit.
“But there is a line that you can cross, and that’s what we talked about afterward. We want to be able to take it as far as you can, and demonstrate the poise when you need to most.”
* A couple plays later, rookie safety DeShawn Shead almost took Baldwin’s head off while coming up hard to knock down a ball over the middle.
* Offensive guard John Moffitt is full go and working at right guard with the first unit. Russell Okung is close to being cleared, but Frank Omiyale worked at left tackle with the first unit. Carroll said that he hopes receiver Kris Durham is ready to go full speed next week, as well as rookie safety Winston Guy.