The Seattle Seahawks had their last full practice today in anticipation of Saturday’s game at Denver, the first road game of the exhibition season.
Seattle will hold a walk-through practice Friday morning at the team’s Renton headquarters before travelling to Denver later in the day.
And for the first time we’ll see Terrell Owens in a game for the Seahawks, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
“He’s going to play this weekend,” Carroll said. He’s ready to go. He had two good weeks of work, and he came in, in great shape. So he’s ready to go. I’m not going to tell you how many plays it will be, we’ll see how it goes. But he’s going to play early in the game.”
Owens worked at flanker with the second unit, but he did see a handful of snaps with the starters today. And Owens continues to make some explosive plays during practice, particularly in red zone and on bubble screens on the perimeter of the defense. So even at 38, Owens still has the ability to create plays after the catch.
Carroll said he’s interested to see where Owens fits in with the rest of the receiver group.
“I like our group a lot,” Carroll said. “And we’ve become even more competitive, and more experienced with the guys who have come in to add to it. And we’re just going to wait. We don’t have to do anything right now. We’ll just keep giving these guys turns in practice, and get familiar and comfortable with them. And then also see them in the game and add it all up together at the end.
“But it’s a really good position group for us right now.”
Asked if Marshawn Lynch will make his preseason debut, Carroll once again was noncommittal.
“I’m not going to share that with you,” Carroll said coyly. “You’ll have to wait and see.”
Training camp officially over
Seahawks training camp officially came to an end this afternoon. And has they have done in the past, family and friends of the players attended practice today and had a barbeque afterwards.
Carroll believes that his team is ready for the meat of the preseason schedule after grinding through the first two weeks of camp.
“We’ve seen a bunch of guys,” Carroll said. “We’ve got a lot of information on our young guys, with these next few weeks and games being very important. But as far as the camp process and understanding how these guys learn. Do they fit? Kind of understanding the process of developing roles for them because we know what they can do, all of that’s moving.
“The quarterback process has been excellent. We’ve learned a ton. And guys have been very compliant to make it a really good camp. They’ve worked really hard to add to it on the field. So I’ve got not complaints at all.”
Hawks add a center
With backup centers John Moffitt (elbow) and Lemuel Jeannpierre (groin) out, the Seahawks added depth at that position by signing free agent Kris O’Dowd.
A USC product, O’Dowd spent some time with the N.Y. Jets last season, and has some familiar with Seattle’s zone blocking scheme, having played for assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel at USC.
“He’s worked with Pat Ruel for a long time,” Carroll said. “So Pat will be able to communicate more quickly I think than maybe another guy, so the familiarity will help us in that regard. Those guys were up late last night, and they were up early this morning working on it. And he can’t get into pads until game day, so we won’t know a whole lot about him.
“But Kris is a good, tough, smart football player. And we know that about him.”
The Seahawks cut kicker Carson Wiggs for a second time to make room for O’Dowd.
Carroll said right now O’Dowd is an emergency guy, and Rishaw Johnson will work at center with the second unit.
Carroll’s football throwing quest continues
Each year around his birthday, Carroll attempts to throw a football as far as his age. And with Carroll turning 61 on Sept. 15, the Seahawks once again are conveniently travelling to Denver again.
Last year Carroll threw a ball 62 yards, but he used a yellow football that looked conspicuously like a NERF football. Carroll said he will attempt that feat in the Mile High City again this year.
“I’m right where I need to be at this time,” joked Carroll. “Fortunately again we’re playing Denver in the preseason, right around my birthday. This is close enough. This does fall within the time frames that surround my birthday. So we will take that shot again.”
Tight end Anthony McCoy (hamstring) and receiver Golden Tate returned to action today. Tate’s injury is unknown, but he did have his right hand taped up, the same one he fractured during offseason workouts.
New players sitting out today include receiver Ben Obomanu (neck) defensive lineman Pep Levingston and defensive end Jason Jones (knee). Others who did not practice include linebacker Matt McCoy (knee), defensive end Cordarro Law (ankle), tight end Zach Miller (head), cornerback Ron Parker (knee) and linebacker Mike Morgan (concussion). Cornerback Walter Thurmond (leg) and offensive lineman James Carpenter (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Carroll said that Morgan and Miller will not play this week.
Carroll said that Obomanu has a pinched nerve in his neck, but he’s expected to play on Saturday. The same goes for tight end Cameron Morrah, who has been sitting out to nurse a sore toe that he had to deal with last season.
Parker came to camp with a sore knee, Carroll said, and likely will not play against Denver.
Linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr. also returned to practice after missing the last two days, but no reason has been given for his absence.
Answers to your questions
A couple people have asked about players eligible for the practice squad, including Ricardo Lockette and Kris Durham. As you know, the rules for eligibility for practice squad are convoluted. You need to only point to receiver Mike Haas being practice squad eligibility in 2009, even though he was active for nine games while with the Bears the year before.
I believe both Durham and Lockette are eligible for the practice squad this year.
Here’s a pretty good break down of the practice squad rules.
Also, someone asked why I believe Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards will not both make the active roster.
I don’t believe Seattle will sign one of the two to be the fifth or six receiver on the team, because that player needs to be able to play special teams, or might not be on the active, 45-man roster for games. And I don’t believe strong personalities like Owens or Edwards will be able to keep quiet if they are not active for games.
The only wild card is if Sidney Rice is not healthy going into the regular season. In that scenario, keeping both players gives you some insurance and experience at the position.