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Marshawn Lynch back at OTAs; Luke Willson shines

Post by Eric Williams on June 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm with 31 Comments »
June 5, 2013 3:30 pm

He’s back.

Absent during Monday’s organized team activity (OTA) workout open to reporters, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was at practice today.

Lynch also was in attendance at Tuesday’s workout, and is expected to be in attendance during the team’s mandatory minicamp next week.

Lynch mostly worked with the third unit, giving Robert Turbin, Christine Michael and Spencer Ware an opportunity to work with the first two groups.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll again reiterated that he’s not concerned with how much or how little work Lynch gets during these OTA practices.

“He’s in really good shape,” Carroll said. “We’re trying to get him all the way through this offseason, and get him ready for the real season. We know what Marshawn can do, as long as he’s in really good shape. And he’s in fantastic shape. He’s hard as a rock, and he’s worked really hard up until this point. … There’s so much wear on the tire, and we don’t want to wear him down now. It’s not at that point that we should be pushing that.”

Seattle Seahawks' Luke Willson (82) goes in motion as quarterback Russell Wilson waits for the snap, Monday, May 20, 2013, during an Organized Team Activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks’ Luke Willson (82) goes in motion as quarterback Russell Wilson waits for the snap, Monday, May 20, 2013, during an Organized Team Activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini was absent again today. Carroll said that the Louisville product is back in New York to get some tests done on a knee that’s been bothering him. However, Carroll said Giacomini will not need surgery, and should be in attendance at the team’s minicamp last week.

“There’s no surgery required, nothing,” Carroll said. “He’s been working out. He could have practiced this week, but we wanted to take this time to make sure that we’re doing the right thing. So he’s in good shape.”

Rookie Michael Bowie continues to work at right tackle with the first unit with Giacomini gone.

“Michael’s done a nice job,” Carroll said about Bowie. He’s athletically looking capable. We’ve got to get him pads and do all of that stuff. But Michael’s got a great chance to show, and it was cool to have him with the first group out there, and stressed by that. And he handled himself well.”

With Anthony McCoy lost for the season after suffering an Achilles tendon tear in practice, Carroll said he’s been impressed with the way Sean McGrath and rookie Luke Willson have stepped up, and that overall he feels real good about the depth at that position.

McGrath has been the most consistent receiver catching the ball in practices open to reporters. And Willson made a couple more highlight plays today. The athletic tight end out of Rice looks more comfortable in Seattle’s offense.

“Sean had a really good offseason,” Carroll said. “He’s stronger and quicker than he’s been. Being in the offseason program has really helped him. So that’s one guy that’s jumped out. He makes that tight end group very competitive.

“Luke had a very, very good OTAs. They say it’s called spring football, and he had a great spring. He really did.”

Some tidbits

* Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane got his second pick of the week, this time off another deflection. Mebane headed toward the end zone, but only made it a few yards before falling to the ground and covering the ball.

“I’m feeling good,” Mebane said. “I was trying to pitch it to Brandon Browner, but somebody grabbed my sleeve and tore it, so I was like ‘Nah, I better just tuck it and fall down instead of turning it back over.’”

“The return was not that good,” joked Carroll. “But the pick was nice.”

* Carroll said that Walter Thurmond can play both cornerback spots on the outside, but will get an opportunity to compete for the slot defender position against Antoine Winfield.

Absent from Monday’s practice open to reporters, Winfield was back on the field today.

After three injury-plagued seasons, Thurmond finally looks healthy, and has been one of the standout players in OTAs. Carroll said that the University of Oregon product also will get a chance to compete for the punt returner job with Golden Tate.

“He’s been in a situation where he’s kind of had to hold back a little bit for a long time,” Carroll said. “And he’s really able to just go for it now. He’s got extraordinary quickness. He’s a playmaker. And he’s fighting to play a bunch, not just be around here.”

* Carroll said that defensive end Chris Clemons remains ahead of schedule rehabbing from ACL knee surgery that took place in January, and could be available when the team opens the regular season in September.

Carroll said he expects to see Clemons at the VMAC next week for the mandatory minicamp, but six months out of surgery he will not participate in any on-field drills.

“He does have a shot to be ready, according to the doctors,” Carroll said. “He’s got a chance, and we’ll just wait and see how it goes. Like I’ve said from the beginning, we’re not going to rush it. We’ll just make sure he’s really well, and ready to go and all of that. But he’s well ahead of schedule, and he’s in great shape. So we’re really pleased.”

* Offensive lineman James Carpenter has a shot to be ready for training camp, Carroll said. Carpenter, who had minor knee surgery over a month ago, still has to work into game shape once he’s cleared by trainers to practice, but Carroll said he’s been cleared to run.

“He’s ready to make a big push I would think in the next month to show how far he can take it,” Carroll said.

* Carroll mentioned the backup competition at linebacker as something to watch. He wants to see how Allen Bradford continues to develop. And he singled out Korey Toomer as one of the most improved players on the team.

Carroll also said he likes what he’s seen from Bruce Irvin at SAM linebacker, and that he will use him similar to how he used Clay Matthews at USC. Carroll said that Irvin scheduled to miss the first four games because of his suspension for PED use, evaluating him in preseason will be important.

“He’s looks very comfortable,” Carroll said. “He looks absolutely natural at doing it. His body type is a 3-4 outside backer type-guy – like Clem and like Cliff. Those guys are all the same in that regard. And that’s why they play the hybrid Leo spot for us.

“At this point, he understands the position. He can cover. He can come off the edge like lightning, so it’s just a matter of really how he demonstrates his savvy once he starts playing the game.”

* Receiver Percy Harvin did not practice because of a hip flexor issue, but is expected to be fine. Kam Chancellor also rested a sore ankle today, but should be okay. Tharold Simon continues to rest a stress fracture foot injury that was an issue back at LSU, and did not practice today. Defensive tackle Jesse Williams also did not practice, giving a sore knee a blow.

* Carroll said that John Moffitt indeed has lost weight, and is in the best shape he’s been in since arriving in Seattle. Moffitt worked with the first unit at right guard today, while J.R. Sweezy dropped down to work with the second unit. Although I wouldn’t read too much into that, as Coach Cable has been moving guys all over the place to evaluate players.

* Carroll also mention offensive lineman Mike Person as a lineman who has improved since last season. The Montana product has been working with the second unit at left tackle, and is up from 297 pounds from last season to 309.

* Other Seattle players who did not practice include Cliff Avril (foot), Winston Guy (unknown), Charly Martin (unknown), Stephen Williams (ankle), Cooper Helfet (unknown). Carroll said Avril should be healthy enough to practice once training camp begins.

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Leave a comment Comments → 31
  1. AKhawkFan says:

    If Clemons and Avril are ready for tue season opener I will be so happy. After 4 weeks, being at full DL force is a sexy thought.

  2. bird_spit says:

    Awesome report..thanks Eric

    I love the fact that walter Thurmond will compete with Winfield. Nothing like learning from the savvy vet. Hoping this is WT break out year, as our dime CB and slot when Winfield needs a blow. No doubt, its a long season and WT will play significant time (stay healthy).

  3. Lynch back at OTA’s, the world is whole again.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Moffitt slimmed down. Good.

    I hope they don’t rush Clem back. Let him get right before activating him. I’d like to see them go into camp with the idea he’ll be PUPed.

    Carroll said the day after they drafted Irvin that he saw him in a Matthews role. I like the idea of him in a two point, rushing the off the edge. I look forward to seeing that in preseason.

  5. Would be such a nice bonus if Thurmond was able to contribute this year. What a stacked backfield.

    Keeping my hopes in check re Willson; his abilities could be key. Very curious to see both him and Michael this pre-season.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good for Moffitt, and the team. And it’s Good to hear McGrath and Willson have stepped up.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Oh, and Korey Toomer as one of the most improved players on the team?

    I like it!

  8. bird_spit says:

    You know, lately I have found very little that I dislike about the hawks. These guys are hitting on all cylinders. Without games, I can not think of an obvious hole. Even the backups have backups..besides the fact that we have a great coaching staff capable of adjusting to the strength of the team.

    I like it!

    Go Hawks!

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Not real in depth however wouldn’t it be great to see most of these rookies,( if not all ) make the team?

  10. Let Clem rest. Put him on PUP and save a roster spot for the first 6 weeks. Its more important to have him healthy at the end of the season.

  11. I don’t care what PC says to the media….. the idea of Clemons, Irvin or Avril covering a WR or TE down the field is awful scary.

  12. bbnate420 says:

    I thought Moffitt had lost weight. He looked slimmer in the Real Rob Report from awhile back. It’s a good sign.

  13. DreadHawks says:

    I’m stoked to read all of the names of guys shining that aren’t starters. It means we have depth and I believe that will be key over the long season. I’am not excited at all over this season….nope not one bit! LOL!!!

  14. montanamike2 says:

    Awesome news all the way around! Irvin adding versatility and Toomer improving, Malcolm Smith starting at SAM and Clemmons ahead of schedule.
    Teams won’t know what we’re throwing at them in terms of disguises.
    Great day to be a Hawks fan.

  15. sluggo42 says:

    I think real training camp opens at the end of July, and that’s when I will really get giddy.
    Lots of names flying about today, but when the 53 gets announced, that will tell the real tale.

    There will be some surprises as cuts and injuries occur that lead to the final cut. There are always the guys that seem like they’re in, but somehow miss the cut…

  16. RDPoulsbo says:

    From the previous topic, I think we can conclude that Moffit wasn’t on roids nor abusing adderall. If anything, he needs his doctor to up the dosage.

    Clem has a better chance than Carp at an early recovery, but no point in changing it in the preseason.

    Again, Irvin or Avril in coverage isn’t a crazy as people think when paired with exotic zone-blitzes. Of course they won’t be locked up man to man with Vernon Davis 15 yards downfield. Just covering any hot routes underneath. Think of the defense showing an overloaded blitz with Kam, Avril, and Irvin on the right side. That’s a lot of speed with a free man the QB has to account for and make the hot read at the snap. One of those guys backing out with their speed and athletic ability could result in some easy picks.

  17. Lots of great news here!

    “After three injury-plagued seasons, Thurmond finally looks healthy, and has been one of the standout players in OTAs”

    “Chris Clemons remains ahead of schedule rehabbing”

    Korey Toomer as one of the most improved players on the team

    impressed with the way Sean McGrath and rookie Luke Willson have stepped up

    John Moffitt indeed has lost weight, and is in the best shape he’s been in since arriving in Seattle”

    Nice. Cheers everybody!

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Imagine there’s no Goodell”
    “It’s easy if you try”
    “No schedule of AM games”
    “No injuries before the bye.”
    “Imagine all the Seahawk fans living for today”

    “Imagine there’s no 49er fans”
    “It isn’t hard to do”
    ” I doubt if they will be talking smack ”
    ” After we kick them in week two”
    “Imagine all the NFC West fans conceding to the Hawks”

    “You, you may say”
    “I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”
    “I hope this season you’ll join us”
    “And the Seahawk blog will be as one”

    Imagine- John Lennon.

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    hawkfaninoklahoma- This is the kind of stuff I hope Dukeshire adds to this blog so us happy hour folks can just sit back and learn.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    The thing about so many of those breakdowns is that they are operating under the specter of Carroll’s USC schemes. And while the skeleton is similar there have been significant tweeks each season he’s been here. As the season develops I look forward to pointing some of them out, as I see them anyway.

  21. Macabrevity says:

    I’m wondering if anywhere around the league there’s a HC talking to reporters after OTA’s and saying “well, we don’t look so good here or here, and we have a lot of work to do here, and we don’t have anyone to fill this role here…”

    I’m going to come out and say it now (hopefully my reverse jinx-type curse will work) I think we’re counting our eggs way too early, and this NFC West is gonna be a real crap shoot. If I was a betting man I’d put money on Arizona to win the conference.

    Now, somebody please slap me and tell me to get a hold of myself :P

  22. Ready for camp, ready for preseason, bring it on!

  23. montanamike2 says:

    GeorgiaHawk that was a funny song last night, i only read it this morning. My summer is already getting better.

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Lol montanamike2.

    I got a little carried away last night. Yesterday I got into a fire ants nest, or they got into me. Little buggers sting like Hell, to help ease the pain I added a couple extra beers to my diet. It worked.

    Go Hawks!!!

  25. FairbanksDoug says:

    Just another reason to stay in Alaska, haven’t seen a snake, ant hill, cockroach, or my ex-wife(Alabama) in 10 years

  26. montanamike2 says:

    When i was in my 20’s during my Army experience we had a drill Sargent who marched us over to a fire ant field (several hills) in Texas and made us do sit ups until we were all bit up. Then they wonder why i wouldn’t re-enlist?

  27. GeorgiaHawk says:
  28. bbnate420 says:

    Mac, generally you’re right. Coaches are usually very optimistic during OTA season. The one exception I can think of off hand is Rex Ryan talking earlier this off-season about his offense turning the ball over too much in a OTA.

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