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Archives: July 2013

July
29th

Morning links: No more stupid penalties for Giacomini

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass as tackle Breno Giacomini blocks during NFL football training camp on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass as tackle Breno Giacomini blocks during NFL football training camp on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

For my story today, I talked with Seattle Seahawks right tackle Breno Giacomini about his issue with penalties in the 2012 season, and how he’s working to resolve the issue in the upcoming season.

The 27-year-old led the Seahawks with 12 accepted penalties in 2012, including a team-high four personal foul calls.

However, a closer look at the statistics reveals Giacomini cleaned up his act in the second half of the season, with just five penalties after Week 6, and none in the postseason.

“It’s about focus,” Giacomini said. “And I’m just not going to do it (commit needless penalties). You’ve got to find that line I guess, and that’s what I was doing early in the season – you know, what are these refs going to call, or not going to call. So you figure it out, and I did. And the second half of the season, from Week 6 on, it was good.

“I’ve just got to keep getting better. And penalties is an area (to improve), but so is my technique, the knowledge of the game, playbook – everything. Name something and I’ve got to get better at it. I didn’t play like I wanted to play last year. So I have to improve.”

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July
28th

Wilson says first quarter of training camp over

The Seattle Seahawks finished Day 4 of training camp this afternoon with a two-and-a-half hour practice. The team now will take Monday off, and then return to practice on Tuesday for Seattle’s first fully padded practice.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said he’ll use the team’s off day to go over the first four days of film from training camp, calling it the end of the opening quarter of training camp.

“We just had what we call our first quarter of training camp,” Wilson said. “So I’ll just look at that and say, ‘Okay, what did we do well in the first quarter, and what can we do better in the second quarter, and what can we continue in the second quarter.’ So that’s the way we’re kind of thinking about it here in Seattle.”

Something that remains at the top of the list for Wilson and the rest of Seattle’s offense is trying to be efficient, and executing at a high level. The Seahawks worked on several different situational team drills, including two-minute, third down and red zone offense.

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July
28th

Hawks cut WR Veltung, sign RB Holley

The Seattle Seahawks announced that the team has signed running back Ray Holley this morning. Holley will wear No. 30.

University of Idaho receiver Justin Veltung was released to make room for Holley.

Holley, a Louisiana Tech product, initially signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in April with Baltimore, but was released by the Ravens on May 5.

At 5-8 and 194 pounds, Holley finished 2012 with 142 carries for 740 yards and seven touchdowns, including an 83-yard run. Holley averaged 5.2 yards per carry.

Holley ran a 4.56-second, 40-yard dash at his pro day.

July
28th

Morning links: Unger anchors Hawks’ O-line

Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger waits to snap the ball during an NFL football minicamp Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger waits to snap the ball during an NFL football minicamp Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune talks with Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger about playing in the Pro Bowl last year in his native Hawaii.

Boling also talks with one of the franchise’s top centers to play the game, Rob Tobeck, about the guy anchoring the offensive line for the organization now in Unger.

“No. 1, the most important thing is he’s a smart player,” said Tobeck, now an owner/partner at Griffin MacLean Insurance Brokers in Bellevue. “Combine that with the fact that he’s athletic, he’s determined, he works hard — those are the qualities you want in an offensive lineman.”

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July
27th

First day of pads popping: Hawks claim LB Schofield

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, right, carries the ball as Bruce Irvin (51) and Bobby Wagner (54) close in during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, right, carries the ball as Bruce Irvin (51) and Bobby Wagner (54) close in during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

With the Seattle Seahawks putting on shoulder pads for the first time during training camp for Saturday morning’s practice, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn summed it up succinctly.

“For us, it was good to get back to some real football – for the guys that are down there in the trenches,” Quinn said. “So it was an important day, another day of install for us, so I was thrilled to get back. And you could feel the energy the guys brought onto the field.”

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said that despite the team heading into the second season of Russell Wilson and the addition of Percy Harvin, expect to see a lot of Marshawn Lynch and other runners getting the ball in the run game.

“We’re a run football team,” Bevell said. “I mean that sets up everything that we want to do offensively. It’s our philosophy. It’s our toughness – all the things that we preach here. So whether Marshawn gets 315 carries or not, we’re going to be running the football.”

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July
27th

Carroll confirms Harvin will get a second opinion on hip, says team will take a wait-and-see approach to injury

Talking with reporters after this morning’s training camp practice, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed an earlier report that receiver Percy Harvin will travel to New York to get a second opinion on his injured hip with Dr. Bryan Kelly.

Harvin, Seattle’s top offseason acquisition, was placed on the PUP list to begin training camp, and watched practice from the sidelines for a third straight day.

Carroll did not rule out the possibility that Harvin could return and play this season if his injured hip requires surgery to fix.

“It wouldn’t necessarily be season ending,” Carroll said. “That’s one of the scenarios it could be, but the likelihood of getting back just depends on what they have to do. … That’s a possibility, but we’re hoping that’s not the probability. We’re thinking it’s going to be better than that.”

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July
27th

A few minutes with Bryan Walters

Local product Bryan Walters, a 6-foot, 190-pound receiver out of Juanita High in Kirkland, has raised some eyebrows with his solid play so far during training camp.

Specifically, the 25-year-old Cornell grad has been very productive working as a slot receiver with the second unit, catching everything thrown his way.

Walters originally signed with San Diego as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2010, spending the final five weeks of the regular season on the Charger’s practice squad.

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July
27th

Morning links: All eyes on Golden Tate

Seattle Seahawks head football coach Pete Carroll smiles after watching wide receiver Golden Tate (81) make a catch during NFL football training camp on Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks head football coach Pete Carroll smiles after watching wide receiver Golden Tate (81) make a catch during NFL football training camp on Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

With the recent news of Percy Harvin’s hip injury, the focus on the field has shifted to what players on the Seattle Seahawks can help fill the void if Harvin is out for a significant period of time.

One of those players is Golden Tate, who our own Dave Boling of The New Tribune profiled this morning. Tate said he’s ready to continue to build on last year’s breakthrough season.

“He has played inside, he has played outside, he can do all of that stuff,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said. “There are no restrictions on what Golden can do. He can go down the field, he can go tough through the middle, and make catches through traffic. He is a terrific guy with the ball after the catch. We can do everything with him.”

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