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Turbin passes physical, will practice today

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm with 18 Comments »
August 4, 2013 2:58 pm

Good news on the injury front for second-year pro Robert Turbin, who began the year on the physically unable to perform list with a foot issue. Pete Carroll said that Turbin passed his physical, and will practice with the team today during Seattle’s afternoon walk-through.

Turbin will jump into what Carroll described is an intense competition for the backup job at tailback, with second-round draft choice Christine Michael, sixth round draft choice Spencer Ware and second-year pro Derrick Coleman all making plays at different times during training camp.

“The young running backs have been really impressive,” Carroll said. “They’re versatility, and just the style that they bring. They really add to the style. It’s going to be are deepest running group by far that we’ve had.”

Competition for punt/kick return spots

The Seahawks have an ongoing competition for both the starting punt and kick return jobs.

Right now, Golden Tate is penciled in as the team’s starting punt return man, replacing a pretty good one with Leon Washington now in New England. But Tate will have some competition. Walter Thurmond, Richard Sherman, Will Blackmon and Earl Thomas all caught balls during the team’s punt return period.

With Percy Harvin out for a significant period time because of hip surgery, that job is wide open as well. Tate, Blackman, Jeremy Lane, Bryan Walters and Michael all worked as the return specialist during the team’s kick return period.

“It is important, particularly to find a backup and all that kind of stuff,” Carroll said. “So you’ll see a number of guys get some turns if the opportunity presents. Golden will get a couple shots to catch some footballs in games, so I’m looking forward to it, because we have to figure this one out. We don’t know what’s going to happen at that spot yet.”

Carroll specifically mentioned Tate, Lane, Michael and Walters as names to look for in the battle for the starting kick return spot with Harvin out.

Thurmond on the rise

University of Oregon product Walter Thurmond received the majority of the first-team reps at nickel cornerback instead of Antoine Winfield, and continues to perform well during training camp.

The Seahawks were clear with Winfield when they signed him to a one-year, $3 million maximum deal that included $1 million in guaranteed money, that he would have to compete for the slot defender job.

“Right now, he’s trying to win that nickel spot,” Carroll said about Thurmond. “That’s the first thing. And then he wants to play at corner, too. “And he can do both. He has shown up most at the nickel spot, a place we’ve always wanted to get him into because of his great quickness and play-making style.

“This is going to be a real battle between he and Antoine at that spot, and we’ll see how that works out. Antoine’s a gifted football player. And Walter being as healthy as he’s been, it’s really been a great boost – for us to see him, and for his confidence. It’s really up and he’s playing well.”

And how has Winfield played?

“He’s been terrific,” Carroll said. “He knows what’s going on, just like you would think. He makes the most of his plays. He’s been in great position, and takes away a lot of routes so you can’t even throw it. What he is, is a extremely productive player making tackles in the run game, and running plays down.

“He’s one of the most productive corners in the NFL over the last, few years – you can’t believe his numbers. So it’s something we’re anxious to see, and you really can’t tell that until you get into games. Both those guys will play a lot.”

Injury update

Defensive end Bruce Irvin, fullback Michael Robinson and receiver Stephen Williams were new players who did not practice today. Carroll said Irvin has a groin issue the team is trying to manage, but still is expected to play on Thursday at San Diego.

Robinson received treatment for a nagging ankle issue.

“He could go,” Carroll said about Robinson. “He could play if we were playing.”

And Williams is still dinged up from the hard fall he took after being flipped by Winston Guy.

“His head got knocked a little bit, and his neck is a little sore,” Carroll said about Williams. “So we’re going to rest him for a couple days.”

Carroll also said Cliff Avril, who missed last six days with a hamstring issue, likely will not play against San Diego because he’s missed too much practice time.

“He’s getting close, but he’s not quite ready to come back yet,” Carroll said about Avril. “They’re going to run him today, and find out where he is for tomorrow. So it’s kind of day-to-day now.”

Tight end Zach Miller (foot) still has not been cleared by trainers. Carroll’s targeting having his tight end back by the team’s third preseason game, which gives players like Luke Willson and Sean McGrath an opportunity to get extra reps with the first unit.

Along with Miller, Chris Clemons (knee), Tharold Simon (foot), Percy Harvin (hip) and Greg Scruggs (knee) remain on the PUP list. Linebacker Korey Toomer (hip) remains on the non-football injury list. Other players not practicing include Avril, Williams, Irvin, Robinson, Ron Parker (hamstring), Darren Fells (hamstring) and Michael Palmer (groin).

Players returning to practice include Jeremy Lane, Michael Brooks, Doug Baldwin, Kam Chancellor, Carson Wiggs, Kyle Knox, Bobby Wagner and Sidney Rice.

Some tidbits

* Carroll highlighted defensive tackle Jesse Williams, cornerback Byron Maxwell and Thurmond as players who stood out during Friday’s scrimmage.

“He had a really good day in the mock game,” Carroll said about Williams. “He really looked good. That was the best he’s looked by far. He played physical football, and controlled the line of scrimmage well. He’s a real smart kid, real smart football player. You can see the savvy he has; he sense a lot of stuff.”

* While we haven’t talked much about him, Marshawn Lynch has been in regular-season form through the first week of camp.

“He’s been right on the money,” Carroll said. “He’s done everything extremely well. He’s really fit – mentality, attitude, everything has been great. He’s done everything that we’ve asked of him. He’s had a great offseason in the work that he did, and he’s come back just rock hard and ready to go.”

* Former University of Washington head coach and defensive guru Jim Lambright was at training camp today.

* New additions, receivers Early Doucet and Perez Ashford practiced today. Doucet worked mainly from the slot, and made a nice catch on an intermediate out route. Perez had a touchdown catch on a seam route from Tarvaris Jackson. Ashford worked mostly at split end. Doucet is wearing No. 87, and Ashford is wearing No. 6. Jameson Konz switched from No. 87 back to No. 46.

* K.J. Wright laid the wood to tight end Luke Willson on an arrow route, but he popped back up and returned to the huddle.

* Washington State University product Andrei Lintz had a couple nice grabs today, but he also dropped one and fumbled on another play.

* Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell used the wireless speaker system to call plays in today.

* Defensive end Red Bryant was the most active I’ve seen him today, making several plays behind the line of scrimmage in the run game.

Leave a comment Comments → 18
  1. Apparently Walter Jones isn’t good enough to be a first ballot Hall of Famer:

    I didn’t realize Big Walt was eligible yet…

    I despise the idea of writing crap for the sake of writing it. Quality beats quantity any day of the week, IMO.

    I have gained so much of an appreciation for people like Eric in the last months – it’s crazy.

  2. Winfield and Thurmond are a better set of starting CBs over what 90% of other NFL teams have at starting CBs of their own! IMO – WTIII is our 3rd best DB moving forward (after the obvious All Pros), but he must stay healthy… Personally, I think Browner, while dang good, is our 4th best CB – yet he starts (like WTIII started over Sherman 2 years ago and Unger wasn’t “good” enough to start over Spencer at C either).

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    And how has Winfield played?

    “He’s been terrific,” Carroll said. “He knows what’s going on, just like you would think. He makes the most of his plays. He’s been in great position, and takes away a lot of routes so you can’t even throw it. What he is, is a extremely productive player making tackles in the run game, and running plays down.

    “He’s one of the most productive corners in the NFL over the last, few years – you can’t believe his numbers. So it’s something we’re anxious to see, and you really can’t tell that until you get into games. Both those guys will play a lot.”

    There you go seahawk44. Now you have the answer to Winfields play.

    Why should there be any surprise? He has been doing this at a high level for 10+ years now.

  4. hawkdawg says:

    That error about Walt is just cringe-worthy.

    Plus, I’d take him over Ogden, personally.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    A ok, Seahawks all the way!

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I never ever thought Unger would turn out this good. Damn we’re lucky!–nfl.html

  7. sluggo42 says:

    o boy!
    Dallas and Miami! goHawks!

    I actually wanna see Tannahill though… I dont think he gets enough recognition, and will probably turn into a good QB

  8. sluggo42 says:

    Kyle Orton would have been a good backup to Danja-Russ…

  9. stantak says:

    So, by whose yardstick is Ogden a better LT than Big Walt? I realize I’m extremely biased, but I don’t recall seeing many mistakes from him and outplaying Ogden with the teams played.

  10. Walt can’t be voted on until 2014. That guy is a MORON!!!!

    The DB battle will be VERY interesting, to say the least. I am glad WT3 is playing well but I would be VERY afraid to cut Winfield unti Thurmond has made it through a full season.

    For me right now I think I would keep SHerm, browner, Thurmond, Winfield, and maxwell. Now when games start I could totally change my mind. Simon seems destined for the IR this season.

  11. Honestly, evaluating offensive linemen is pretty subjective. Having lived in the Baltimore television area for a number of years, I watched a lot of their games. I can’t say Ogden was any better than Walt, but DAMN he was dominant. He really is a “man-mountain” and he did a hell of a job protecting his QB. No question that he deserved being a first ballot pick.

    If Walt doesn’t go in next year, his first year of eligibility, it will be a travesty as well as proof that South East Alaska doesn’t get the respect we deserve.

  12. seahawksteven777 says:

    If Thurmond wins that job, Seattle has to keep Winfield. Thurmond needs to prove he can stay healthy.

  13. Just to get everyone worked up- did you notice the phins have e logo on the shoulder – with the swoosh of course

  14. stantak says:

    Here’s a link to the HOF webpage with the official nominees for the HOF class of 2013.

  15. raymaines says:

    BobbyK, I think you are SOoooo wrong about Brandon Browner! He might even be the best CB we have, depending on the criteria.

    Separately from that, ain’t injuries a bitch!

    Almost every team in the league is suffering from sort of major injury. Is this because the athletes don’t stay in shape as they should in the off season? Is stretching more important than I think it is? What? You tell me.

  16. raymaines says:

    and thank you to whoever suggested refreshing the page when I was guilty of “posting too fast”.

  17. Sarcasticus says:

    I think the ‘Hawks are going to really work these rookie contracts. As such, they have four years in most cases to see if a player is good enough to force the team into a more lucrative contract. If they keep the cycle going, they can keep salaries low and the team young. That is why I don’t see Browner going beyond this year. He is good, but I don’t see how they can spend so much money on all four db’s when they can find a younger player at a lower cost to replace them. I see that this year happening to Robinson and perhaps next year with Simon taking over for Browner. It’s a pipeline at each position.

  18. seahawk44 says:

    Thanks for the updates Eric

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