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Archives: July 2012

July
30th

Morning links: Tate the playmaker


Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate celebrates his touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Seattle. Tate received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for falling on his back. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Third-year pro Golden Tate is looking to seize control of the starting split end position, and has once again looked the part of an explosive receiver in the beginning of training camp.

In my story today, Tate talks about the light bulb going on in the second half of 2011 season, when he started the last five games after Sidney Rice went out with successive concussions, finishing with 19 catches for 209 yards and a touchdown during that span.

“I felt like when they had nowhere else to go I had to step up,” Tate said. “I had to do it. … So I took it a lot more serious – not that I didn’t take it serious in the first place.

“So there was more studying, more film and paying attention to details on the field, and on the practice field; being very coachable, so when it was time for me to shine I did my best to make the plays I’m supposed to make.”

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July
29th

Highlights from Day 2 of training camp

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.

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July
29th

Quick camp update

I focused mostly on the line play today. This was one of those days when they shuffle guys around a little bit to see how combinations look. The big move was using Deuce Lutui at right guard with the first unit and John Moffitt as a backup center. Don’t read much into it in terms of the actual depth chart. What it demonstrated, though, was that Lutui looked pretty comfortable in there. He also looked strong in one-on-one pass drills.

Those drills had a few surprises today, too. While Bruce Irvin was studly Saturday, he didn’t get much duty Sunday.

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July
29th

Morning links: QBs look ragged on Day 1


Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson on the first day of Seattle Seahawks NFL football training camp. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

There’s nowhere to go but up.

That’s the assessment of Dave Boling of The News Tribune on the performance of the quarterbacks in the first day of training camp for the Seattle Seahawks.

In the three-way battle for the starting quarterback job between Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, Boling writes that each had their bright moments, but also combined for a collection of overthrows, misreads, tipped balls and interceptions.

And that’s not a good thing, considering that solving the quarterback issue is the No. 1 priority for Seattle head coach Pete Carroll at this year’s training camp.

Boling: With a solid rushing attack and an elite defense already in place, an efficient, upper-half quarterback would be enough to put the Seahawks on the road toward long-term division contention.

“If all three fizzle, well, we’re all familiar with what 7-9 seasons feel like.”

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July
28th

Carpenter, Thurmond and Kearse placed on PUP list; Clemons pleased with new deal

As you can imagine, we have lots of news to report after the Seattle Seahawks first training camp practice this morning.

The players had a lively, enthusiastic crowd to perform in front of here at the VMAC, which fueled a pretty competitive practice.

But first let’s get to the news. Offensive lineman James Carpenter (knee), receiver Jermaine Kearse (foot) and cornerback Walter Thurmond (leg) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to begin training camp.

Initially we were told that receiver Sidney Rice also was on that list, but that was corrected and the South Carolina product did practice today, albeit in a red jersey, which means he cannot be involved in contact.

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July
28th

First look at O-Line

The first look at the Seahawks offensive line at training camp is ominous. James Carpenter appears to be nowhere close to being ready to play. He has the bulky brace on his left knee and is doing a little bit of running, but he’s in no drills and doesn’t even stretch with the team. After practice, Pete Carroll said that Carpenter’s timetable for a return is hard to calculate. Just giving it the eye-ball test, I’d say it’s not looking good, because not only is he not healthy, he’s also not fit. Even when that knee recovers, it could take

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July
28th

Updated training camp roster

I just arrived at the VMAC and will be heading out to the practice field shortly. But I wanted to pass along an updated 90-man roster, which you can check out here.

Also, if you have specific questions or concerns that you want addressed in the practice report, let me know in the comments section. Practice is scheduled to run from 10:30 to 12:30 this afternoon. We’ll have a report up as soon as we can after that.

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