The Seahawks took the field for the first time with the intention of getting ready for a specific opponent, with the team installing the beginnings of a game plan for Sunday’s contest against Arizona.
Seattle receiver Golden Tate, who injured his knee in the second half of Seattle’s last preseason game against Oakland while returning punts, did not practice today.
Braylon Edwards worked at split end in place of Tate with the starters.
We have no report on Tate’s injury status because the team does not have to release the first official injury report until Wednesday, and head coach Pete Carroll did not talk to reporters this afternoon.
Offensive lineman James Carpenter practiced for the first time today since his ACL knee surgery last Decemer. Carpenter was limited to mostly individual drills as he tries to work his way back in shape.
“It felt great,” Carpenter said. “Like I said, I’ve been waiting for 10 months to be back, so I’m happy.”
Although Carroll has said that Carpenter will move to guard this year, offensive line coach Tom Cable said he’s more concerned about getting last year’s first round pick ready to play than finding a specific position for him on the field.
“There’s a process that’s just starting,” Cable said. “So when you talk about playing the game and all of that, first you’ve got to figure out where he’s at. He’s been approved from the medical standpoint, but he hasn’t played any football. So there’s six weeks that the players have had, but he’s had none of that. And so that process has now started for him.”
New tight end Evan Moore made his first appearance at practice, and looked pretty explosive while getting some snaps in with the first unit.
Moore is wearing No. 82, the same number Kellen Winslow wore when he was here.
Moore said he flew in Sunday morning, and has been working ever since to learn the playbook so he’s ready to play this week against Arizona.
“I went through camp, just like all of these guys did,” said Moore, who was released by Cleveland during final roster cuts last week. “So I’m ready to go. Considering these guys just went through camp together, I’m kind of a new guy. You almost feel like a rookie. You walk into the building, and everybody’s looking at you like ‘Who’s this guy?’
“There is a learning curve. But fortunately there’s a lot of translation between what we did in Cleveland and what we’re doing here – both terminology and schematically in X’s and O’s and all of that. So I’m fortunate that that’s the case.”
Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said that Moore will not necessarily be a replacement for the departed Winslow, and that Zach Miller and Anthony McCoy also will be involved in helping to fill that role.
“I think we’ll use all the guys,” Bevell said. “With Zach and Anthony, and then throughout this week will continue to find out exactly what Evan will bring for us, and then we’ll fit him in accordingly.”
Bevell also echoed Carroll’s sentiment that McCoy has made a leap in his development.
“He’s done a great job,” Bevell said about McCoy. “He’s really showed up in the preseason, made the big plays when he had the opportunity to make them. And that’s all we’re asking guys to do, is just do their job, make their plays. They don’t have to make anything special. And I think you’ve seen him do that and become a more consistent player.”
We have some number changes on the roster. Safety DeShawn Shead switched from No. 5 to No. 35. Linebacker Mike Morgan switched from No. 48 to No. 57. And Jeremy Lane switched from No. 1 to No. 37.
There’s been some juggling on the practice squad as well. Tight end Sean McGrath is no longer on the practice squad. So Seattle now has receivers Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette, offensive linemen Rishaw Johnson and Edawn Coughman, quarterback Josh Portis, safety DeShawn Shead and linebackers Korey Toomer and Allen Bradford.
Running back Vai Taua, tight end Cameron Morrah, defensive end Dexter Davis and linebackers Jameson Konz and Matt McCoy are on the team’s injured reserve list.
Offensive lineman Allen Barbre is on the reserve/suspended list for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy for performance-enhancing drugs.
And cornerback Walter Thurmond (legs) remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.