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Jason Jones impresses, Clemons still absent

Post by Eric Williams on May 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm with 40 Comments »
May 30, 2012 5:13 pm

Defensive end Jason Jones has been one of the players head coach Pete Carroll has raved about so far during offseason work.

We had an opportunity to talk to Jones for the first time this afternoon. Jones said he was a basketball guy coming out of high school, and only started playing football his junior year.

But Jones switched over to football full-time when Eastern Michigan was the only school that offered a full scholarship for football.

Jones said he played tight end and defensive end in high school, but stayed with defense in college because he said of his tendency to fall down after he caught the ball.

“My issue was staying on my feet,” he said. “I could catch the ball but I couldn’t get the yards afterward. No YAC (yards after catch).”

But the Seahawks are counting on his ability to use his speed as a pass rusher. Here’s how Jones explained his role.

“Just to bring an extra pass rush to the defense, playmaking ability, just everything all around,” Jones said. “Having a backup for Red, being an extra body out there. If they need to plug me in, I’m ready to go anywhere.”

Veteran defensive end Chris Clemons once again was not present for today’s OTA session open to the media. Clemons was not present last week as well, although I did see him at the beginning of Seattle’s offseason workouts open to the media earlier this month.

Clemons, who turns 31 on Oct. 30, is in the final year of his contract and scheduled to make $4 million in base salary this season. Clemons’ listed agent is Donal Henderson.

Seattle center Max Unger said the coaching staff has done a nice job of clustering the reps for each quarterback so each set of offensive linemen don’t have to worry about a guy rotating in for each rep of practice.

“One quarterback of the three kind of goes with one group at a time,” Unger said. “So you kind of get used to one guy at the beginning of practice and take snaps with that guy, and not switching every other play like we’ve done in the past.

“So you kind of get a feel for them as the practice goes on, which is nice because you’re not switching halfway through drives.”

Unger said he’s not buying the Deuce Lutui vegan diet.

“I’m not sure if that story is true or not,” Unger said. “He said it was for a period of time. I mean, what does that mean? I’m a vegan right now – I haven’t eaten in three hours.”

Some tidbits

* Tight end Kellen Winslow looked fast and pretty much caught everything thrown his way. He was a frequent target of Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn.

Winslow did a particularly nice job catching the ball along the sideline and keeping his feet in bounds. There was a lot of good-natured woofing between Winslow and the first-unit defense, and that competition should only make both sides better.

* Jackson was the first man out today. He showed good poise in the pocket and arm strength in the two-minute drill in the team portion of practice, but still seemed to struggle through his progressions.

Flynn was efficient today, and appears to be developing a nice rapport with Winslow.

* Russell Wilson looked more comfortable today after struggling a little bit in the OTA session we watched last week.

* Carroll had been talking up unrestricted rookie free agent offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson the last few weeks, and now we know why. Johnson got an opportunity to work with the first unit at right guard today, with John Moffitt working at center with the second and third-unit offensive line.

At 6-3 and 313 pounds, Johnson is a big, physical guy who can move people in the run game.

* Russell Okung got some individual work done during practice, but gave way to Alex Barron at left tackle when the offense and defense scrimmaged.

* Receiver Kris Durham (shoulder) finally took the red jersey off and scrimmaged today. Rookie strong safety Winston Guy (shoulder) kept the red jersey on but got a few reps during team drills. Receiver Sidney Rice (shoulder) also kept the red jersey on and did not participate in the team scrimmage of 7-on-7 portion of practice.

* Bruce Irvin took advantage of his opportunities with Clemons out, wreaking havoc on offensive tackles Paul Fanaika, Frank Omiyale, Breno Giacomini and Barron. Irvin showed a variety of moves, and also did a nice job of staying home on backside pursuit in the run game.

* Rookie receiver Jermaine Kearse continues to make plays when he gets his chance, and has played fast when he’s out there.

* The Seahawks confirmed they are one of four teams that will workout Brian Banks, a heavily recruited linebacker out of Southern California who was wrongly convicted of rape and kidnapping and held in jail for 10 years. Banks was released this week after the victim recanted her story.

Carroll offered Banks a scholarship while at USC. Banks, 26, hasn’t played since high school. He’ll tryout with Seattle next week.

* Receiver Golden Tate had his right hand in a soft cast and did not practice today, but he’s expected to be healed in time for training camp. Others who did not practice include Charly Martin, Mike Williams, Byron Maxwell, Jeron Johnson, Malcolm Smith, Allen Bradford and Barrett Ruud.

Along with Clemons, rookies Lavasier Tuinei and Monte Taylor were not in attendance.

* About 100 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McCord watched practice today. The Cherokee Troop 2-1 Calvary/4th Styker Brigade will be deploying to Afghanistan in the coming months.

Notes from practice
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  1. jboard1 says:

    Love to hear this…Flynn was efficient today, and appears to be developing a nice rapport with Winslow.

  2. seahawk44 says:

    I wonder what’s going on with Clemons?

  3. Skavage says:

    “I’m a vegan right now – I haven’t eaten in three hours.” – Max Unger

    ROFL…Perhaps the best quote of the offseason, and we aren’t even close to training camp!

  4. raymaines says:

    This honorably discharged Viet Nam era veteran is officially annoyed with the way we have over reacted and now almost worship every military person. IMHO the wars we are fighting in the middle east are totally wrong and immoral, as was Viet Nam. No solder deserves the hatred and disrespect we suffered 45 years ago but we/they aren’t exactly “hero’s” either. They are just guys doing a dangerous job and maybe are not worthy of being invited to Seahawks training camp any more than, say, North Atlantic fishermen, Iron Workers, or local fire fighters. Sorry about the political rant. Please, back to football.

  5. montanamike2 says:

    I served honorably but can’t stand how each year it gets cornier and cornier and it seems they throw hero at us to rationalize that we sent them off to their death. I wish we used a neutron bomb to wipe them out, then look how many american lives would be saved, look at all the money, time. The neutron bomb uses sound waves to kill all living tissue but the buildings, infrastructure, even the food at the table is still good. No lingering radiation, Yay everybody wins!

  6. montanamike2 says:

    Oh yeah, GO SEAHAWKS!!!

  7. Soggybuc says:

    What makes it worse is those who for political reasons scream that you are un american and against the troops for saying anything against the wars.
    Seems to me staying out of wars and keeping our boys home is the best way to support them.
    Eisenhower was right, sadly few listened.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, I don’t believe Banks served 10 years. If I understand correctly, he took a 6 year plea, served 5, and has been on parol (including an ankle monitor) the last 5. Please correct me if I have that wrong. I just learned about his story today.

    Interesting that Mofitt didn’t work with the first unit at all today. Perhaps that was just a way to get Johnson some reps against ‘Bane, et al. And whenEric says “we know why”, I presume that means he was impressive.

    Volunteer or not, get your ass in here Clem.

  9. Ewalters7354 says:

    Pete wants competition at every position and I think that’s the case with Mofitt and Johnson(he may be a steal).I am very pleased with the depth at the OL position.

    I hope Clemons comes to OTAs and not try and pull an OSI.He has to always remember it was PC that gave him the chance to become who he is today.We don’t need that to be a distraction on this team with all the optimism.

  10. Eric doesn’t seem to be concerned with checking facts lately. He ignores us when we point out the mistakes in the comments section and he doesn’t bother to change them which seems weird.

    And I agree with the sentiment that the word “hero” is overused and we spend way too much time celebrating our troops and not individuals. There are definitely those that qualify as heroes and deserve celebration, but there are many many more who work on PLC’s or fix diesel engines on Whidbey Island. I guess it doesn’t really bother me because my entire family has served and I have admiration for those who do, but I feel like it takes away from the real heroes when everyone is praised constantly. Kind of like giving kids a graduation ceremony after each year of school.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Carson – You ought to check the previous thread. Eric did just that: correct a mistake and acknowledge it.

  12. Palerydr says:

    Thanks for the tidbits Eric it’s nice to read how different guys are doing.

  13. Soggybuc says:

    Clem still absent is kind of worrisome. lets all hope it has nothing to do with his family.
    I take Johnson working with the first unit as not just a good chance for him to get reps but more importantly getting Moffit reps at center. good clue as to what Cable is thinking depth chart wise.

  14. FleaFlicker says:

    In defense of Eric, I think he does a damn fine job. I am working under the assumption that he has a full time gig as a reporter which involves traveling, interviewing, researching, writing, and a whole lot more we probably never think about. Just a theory, but don’t think “24/7 blog monitor” is part of his job description.

  15. While I agree with the sentiments about the word hero being overused/abused, and the attached critcism of the NFL sucking up to america by waving the damn flag too much, I flat dont like the disrespectful tone of some–especially you, Carson, who only show up to Troll against either Bobbyk or now Eric. You are now officially more annoying than Nighthawk3.

    Eric’s blameless, all he did was report that Seattle invited troops to the sidelines of OTA’s; its not like he waxed patriotic about it. He’s supposed to mention stuff like that.

    And I for one think Eric is doing a great job on this blog, especially since he usually ignores the Trolls and allows the site to self-police. But give the guy a break, people. He never even showed a hint of opinion, just the facts, Ma’am. What else could you ask for?! Sheesh!

    And if there’s one thing I know, its that if we start talking politics and war, none of us will like each other and it will affect our blog conversations negatively. I’ve rarely met an adult who is interested in changing an opinion no matter how many facts that disprove it are offered. Adults only change thier minds if they are looking to have them changed. Anyone here want to have an opinion changed?! I didnt think so!

    Eric is awesome. I got my Seahawks Swag for winning the blog contest (tying for the win!) and I really appreciate it. Looks to me like Eric paid for it out of his own funds, which is really amazing. Thank you, thank you kind sir! Much appreciated!


  16. SundayButter says:

    I’m not concerned about Clemons missing OTA’s less chance of injury Hawks will need him to be 100%.

  17. Macabrevity says:

    Hard not to be jacked up about this defense; a secondary that can flat out cover you, fast athletic (and smart) LB’s, and a defensive line that excels in versatility, the packages we can throw out there with the D-line are going to be a headache for people.

    I loved this line from above…
    “Bruce Irvin took advantage of his opportunities with Clemons out, wreaking havoc on offensive tackles Paul Fanaika, Frank Omiyale, Breno Giacomini and Barron. Irvin showed a variety of moves, and also did a nice job of staying home on backside pursuit in the run game.”

    @raymaines…. I appreciate your comments, just in general. Political/patriotic fervor can be blinding at times. You can love your country and still disagree with a war.

  18. Macabrevity says:

    The way PC’s been talking up Rishaw and Sweezy… I’m getting jacked about the O-line too.

  19. psoundpowerhouse says:

    Wow, the Banks story is wild. I hope PC/JS see enough so he can be given a “second chance”. Man what a story if he becomes our linebacker!

  20. My son is serving right now in Afghanistan. Has his CAB for several missions. I also work with military kids. I think they’re extremely fortunate to be out of harms way when my son goes out almost daily, but I still respect every one of them for serving. Also just want my son to come home alive. We don’t control the politics that have our kids over there, but vet or not they are representing us and deserve our respect.

    Also, Eric seems to be doing a pretty good job. Don’t know what I did to get sensored as my comments have to “be reviewed by the staff” before they can be posted. But whatever. I still use this blog as a distraction and will not let it deter me from rooting for my Hawks. Die hard since 76 long before this blog.

  21. STTBM,

    Noted, but you missed the point entirely once again.


    It really bothers me that Eric said Schneider and Carrol have publicly called out Mike Williams for being lazy last year when I have searched and searched and cannot find evidence of that. In fact, I have only found evidence to the contrary, yet Eric won’t acknowledge it. It is really unfair for a reporter to do that. Unfair to the player and also unfair to his readers. You can’t just make things up and if you make a mistake, no biggy, just fix it.

  22. Eric does a great job running this blog. Much better than Larue on the Mariners blog, IMO. It is easy for us to criticize, but then again we aren’t on a deadline for another story, traveling to cover a story, or busy digging up information for tomorrow’s story either…

    Eric simply mentioned that about 100 troops from JBLM watched practice today. Any of us can go and watch practice too, so it’s not like they got a ton of preferential treatment. Even if they got to meet some players or get a few autographs, that’s fine with me because they are headed off to a combat zone in the upcoming months.

    As a Marine, I sometimes get frustrated by the “hero” talk. My buddies and I did our jobs (very effectively I might add), and volunteered to do it. While I definitely served with some heroes, I have no problem saying that I wasn’t one of them. For the sake of this particular blog, I agree with STTBM, and we should all probably avoid religion and politics as a point of discussion. There are more appropriate forums for that than on a sports blog.

  23. wabubba67 says:

    raymaines and montanahawk,

    I completely agree where you are coming from. I deeply respect those individuals that serve, while (mainly) disagreeing with the policies that put them in harm’s way. There is something stoic and beautiful about those who serve without deserved recognition for their sacrifice.

    Would LOVE to see Banks get a shot here…I crave a good redemption story.

  24. OutSydeDog says:

    This is textbook PC, throwing the “new” guys right into the front lines, however they came to be on the team, to see what they got. Maybe Clem isn’t there so Irving gets more reps now, when camp is two months away. No matter how you shake it, it’s gonna be fun to be a Seahawk fan this year.

    BTW, I honor all that serve, and war just sucks anytime.

    GO HAWKS!!!

  25. HarbaughsMother says:

    I just found out that TNT uploads content to mobile first… And as such, I just want to say, Breno Giacomini, you are awesome, and I hope you get that RT spot. Also, I love Eric Williams, but, I must say, Dave Boling is a hell of a writer, and I really appreciate his additions to this blog…

  26. JazBadAzz says:

    Clemons will be fine, there nothing new he’s missing and some vets need extra time in the offseason to get there minds and body right. No biggie!

    Rishaw is an interesting fella, I thought he was getting reps at LG cause if Moffit is playing center with the 2nd and 3rd string then Unger is obviously playing with the 1st string. Doesn’t make since when reading other reports around the web.

    Eric does a decent job, nothing outstanding and nothing horrible. He just alright. He does excel in areas at times. I’m not one to nag, so I suggest if you don’t like the way he runs the blog then use that contact button or quit reading. Its your job as a fan to do your own homework and stop taking a single mans words as gospel! Just saying.

    BTW- I’m happy for the guy but pissed he’s gone.

  27. montanamike2 says:

    I totally agree with you guys about respect and loving our country.
    I saved a soldiers life once but consider myself proficient at doing my job, definitely not a hero, after all i was a medic.
    I think Eric does an outstanding job and don’t find any faults in what he’s doing, he can’t be expected to do all things at all times, that’s unreasonable to ask of him.
    My post yesterday was half in jest, but religion and politics should be off limits, i’m a little obsessed with the hawks and feel fortunate to spend 7 years in Tacoma at Ft. Lewis instead of the DMZ in Korea which is where i was supposed to be sent.
    I also don’t like trolls.

  28. montanamike2 says:

    I really love the direction of this team, so much that i bet my friend 100 dollars that the hawks make the superbowl within the next 3 years, double if it’s this year. He thinks i’m crazy but no one questions my loyalty to this team.

  29. Dukeshire says:

    Carson – Eric didn’t say exactly that, as I recall. However, you are right that he didn’t respond to being questioned on what he did say. Generally though, he corrects and acknowledges any mistakes.

    And for those bagging on Eric now, he’s brought more players to us, up close and personal, than anyone has before, even Sando. And rather than just criticize, tell him what you’d like to see more (or less) of here. He’s a very accessible guy.

  30. bird_spit says:

    All I have to add is that without Eric, there is a good chance this blog would not exist. Frank was so terrible, those left reading it we call the old timers… I for one can not believe anyone would start disrespecting Eric. This blog is awesome only because we have him. I’ve been here long enough to know the alternative. Sando was outstanding in a different way. Eric is outstanding in his own way.

    BTW, I’m very cool with the NFL doing their part to provide entertainment and access to our troops. I had the pleasure to be on a white water raft trip with a group of troops returning from Afghanistan. We all know the stories of combat and such. What you don’t hear is the absolute boredom, and how disconnected they are from our society for months at a time. This missions last too long, and the deployments too many. I salute all of those actives out there. Should it be different? Hell yeah.

  31. bird_spit says:

    BTW, excellent OTA report. Can’t wait for camp, pre-season and beyond.

  32. HaydenHawk says:

    Please, enough with the personal feelings about politics. This is a sports blog and we need to keep the conversations about the Seahawks! And I think Erick is doing a fantastic job feeding us news about the Seahawks, and I thoroughly enjoy his commentary.

  33. Cornutt says:

    Just because grass is better to eat than rocks, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try for nachos.

    My point is just that you can expect whatever you like. Having high standards and wanting this blog to be as good as it can be is a good thing. I like the content Eric has brought to this blog, but I don’t think that means we shouldn’t challenge it to be even better.

    Duke has it right though. Email Eric if you have concerns/questions/comments.

    Anywho, that Unger comment was hilarious. Ha!

  34. “Eric does a decent job, nothing outstanding and nothing horrible. He just alright.”

    Poor Eric. I bet he didn’t know it was “Eric Evaluation Day.” I think FleaFlicker makes a great point. Eric has lots of other work and “24/7 blog monitor” isn’t part of his job description.

    Reporters are overworked these days — and Eric has a family he needs to spend time with. He can’t sleep at the office.

  35. SandpointHawk says:

    Eric for the record, this poster thinks you do a great job.

  36. Carson-I dont mean to pick on you, please understand that. I do remember Eric recently posting a comment that made it damn clear that all the blog commenters howling that Mike Williams was fat and lazy due to one wierd angle picture were full of it. He came on here and said Mike looked to be in good shape and wasnt fat.

    If Eric didnt respond to your question, thats a bummer, but I dont see at as something to get riled about. He doesnt answer all questions, but is usually pretty good at it. And he puts up with critcism–even unfair criticism–instead of deleting all critical comments like a certain past blog master who shall remain nameless.

    Williams cant do much right now, he broke his leg and is unable to participate. Carrol has made it clear in recent comments that Mike has to get better in a hurry and play well to keep his spot. With the logjam at WR, especially considering how well Bates and Kearse are playing, his high-paid spot is on the line in a big way.

    Myself, Im rooting for BMW. He’s gone out of his way to help the young guys learn in the system and the intracacies of route-running, and yet those kids are after his job. He’s a good dude and just needs to get healthy and have a qb that doesnt suck.

  37. orbeavhawk says:

    THANKS Eric for doing such a GREAT job “feeding” the Seahawk “fledglings”!


  38. Ambassador says:

    Eric does a great job. I live in Tacoma, and have been hoping I run into him at the grocery store or somewhere, just to shake his hand. This is the best sports blog of any of the northwest news agencies. Just look at the respect he’s given by his colleges in this market and at the national level.

    My only beef with Eric is that he’s not a Seahawk fan first. I mean those sorry Raiders, come on bro’?

  39. Ambassador–I agree, how can anyone be a fan of the Raiders?! But since Eric is a fan of that most hateful of franchises (now actually third on my list after the Stealers and Niners, and one ahead of Bellicheats Patsies), I find it remarkable that he can do this job so well. He really knows this team, and seems to care. To me, thats really a credit to his journalism skills and his integrity.

    I could never, ever do the same thing for any of the three teams I loathe. Not for any money. I would just suck at it. Then again, Im no journalist.

  40. I also hate America and Eric. The only thing I truly enjoy is hyperbole.

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