As Dave Boling mentioned in the previous post, I thought Matt Flynn and the rest of the quarterbacks looked better today.
Specifically, Flynn did a nice job of making quick reads in the two-minute drill, and he appears to have developed a nice rapport with Doug Baldwin, one time checking down to Baldwin on a hot route when he read the blitz coming.
Golden Tate was the player of the day in my opinion. Yes, we’ve seen this before from the Notre Dame product. Every year he seems to make some acrobatic catches during training camp. But the difference here is something Sidney Rice noted in the video above, when we talked to him – no celebrations afterward.
Tate is taking a Barry Sanders approach to big plays – hand the ball back to the ref and jog back to the huddle. So there appears to be an expectation to make thes kinds of plays on a regular basis.
I thought Ben Obomanu also had a nice day today catching the ball, running precise routes and reeling in a couple tough catches. Tate played split end with the first unit, while Obomanu played flanker.
Rice was in a regular jersey today, but he did not participate in any of the one-on-one passing drills or team portions of the passing game. So Seattle head coach Pete Carroll is continuing to take a conservative approach with Rice.
Rice also said he’s taking on more of an assertive leadership role with the receiver group now that Mike Williams is gone.
Offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson was carted off the field at the end of practice, but I didn’t see what type of injury he had.
Linebacker Barrett Ruud got his first reps of training camp, working with the third unit at middle linebacker. And cornerback Byron Maxwell got on the field as well, although he got tangled up with receiver Lavasier Tuinei and had to take some plays off.
I thought Robert Turbin showed a nice feel for the zone running scheme today, cutting back to daylight several times for decent gains. Offensive line coach Tom Cable was in Turbin’s ear several time today after the play was over, coaching the Utah State product up as he made his way back to the huddle.
Also, I thought Tarvaris Jackson played with more urgency during the two-minute drill and appeared to get rid of the ball quicker. Jackson played with the
first third unit today, while Russell Wilson handled the second unit and Flynn worked with the first unit.
That’s all for now.