Perhaps the biggest crowd of training camp watched the Seahawks go through another practice when the defense came up with most of the big plays. Here’s some quick post-practice highlights and observations.
Quarterback Matt Flynn, who worked with the second unit most of the day, addressed the media afterward and said that camp enters a new phase now, as Saturday was the last day of installing packages. Specifically, they worked on goal-line schemes – both coming in and coming out. Another team session had the offense going in from roughly the 25.
The quarterback competition again featured a mix of good and bad for all three prime candidates. Flynn said that it’s particularly frustrating, when you only get a limited number of snaps, to waste any by making a mistake.
Notes as they arose during the (no pads) practice:
–Kellen Winslow Jr. got the day off.
–Clinton McDonald was going with the first unit goal line on the nose. McDonald has his right hand in a cast to protect a sprained wrist. McDonald has been a force on the inside during camp thus far. He’s a stout Mebane type who gets good penetration and plays with a lot of energy.
–The second offensive line for most of the day was (left to right): Omiyale, Barbre, Jeanpierre, Lutui and Barron.
–During one of the early goal line sessions, Brandon Browner was not on the field when he needed to be.
–Tarvaris Jackson quarterbacked the No. 1 offense, and gunned a pass into Cameron Morrah in the end zone, but Richard Sherman deflected it and Kam Chancellor swoop up the tipped ball and probably could have gone 105 yards with it. It resembled the play against the Giants last season that Chancellor tipped and Browner returned.
–It was just while running routes against air, but Braylon Edwards made an impressive in-stride over-the-shoulder catch on a deep ball.
–I’d kind of been wondering when Kris Durham was going to start making plays. He has in the last two days, including a touchdown from Matt Flynn.
–Some guys really start making impressions when the team starts going in pads. I think rookie safety Winston Guy is one of those. He had a big day Friday, when he showed his physical play. He continued to look very comfortable Saturday, and I would wager he’s making the Seahawks feel better about safety depth.
–Another receiver who has been a little under the radar who occasionally steps up with noticeable plays is former Oregon Duck Lavasier Tuinei.
–Maybe it’s the effects of his not being with the team during OTAs and minicamps, but I haven’t seen Chris Clemons have the sort of impact he usually has during pass drills.
–On the other hand, Bruce Irvin continues to gain momentum. He beat Fanaika on a pair of inside moves, but saved his best for Russell Okung when he unleashed a move that is tricky to describe. It was something of a jab-step swim-move, that was so fast that Okung barely touched him as he raced past.
–Spent a little time watching rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane out of Northwestern State. Very fast. Very competitive.
–Tomorrow the team will have a mock-game at the VMAC at 1:30 p.m.