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OC Bevell looking for consistency vs. Broncos

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm with 19 Comments »
August 15, 2013 3:35 pm

Expect the first-unit offense for the Seattle Seahawks to play at least a quarter when the face the Denver Broncos in the team’s second exhibition game.

Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he’d like to see is offense do something the Seahawks did not accomplish when Russell Wilson was on the field – get into the end zone.

“I’d like to see us be consistent,” Bevell said. “I obviously want to see us go down the field and score points, put points on the board. Obviously, I’d like it to be a touchdown. But I want to see us consistently move the ball.”

Bevell’s comments are interesting, because Seattle has really emphasized red-zone offense this week. Bevell also mentioned that he was pleased to have no turnovers and no sacks in the team’s first preseason game against San Diego.

Bevell also praised the development of rookie tight end Luke Willson.

“Probably the thing that has been exciting is he’s been able to do a nice job in the run game,” Bevell said. “We felt like he could be a good receiver for us, but the area (of concern) was being able to take care of the line of scrimmage, whether it’s pass protection or the run game. And he’s been willing to do it. He holds his own up there.”

Bates moving to fullback?

Another interesting development was receiver Phil Bates making a position change – at least for today – working at fullback with the running backs during individual drill work.

Bates is one of a handful of receivers fighting for the No. 5 of No. 6 receiver job, so the move can be seen as his willingness to be more versatile in order to earn a roster spot.

“We’re trying to see what we have there,” Bevell said. “We’ve put Phil in at fullback a little bit. We want to see how he takes a hold of that, and just see what we have. We’ve had him hear long enough. We know what we can expect from him on the outside. But he’s a big body, so we want to see him in the backfield.”

Injury update
Today was the final day of training camp, so families of players and coaches attended practice today. Also returning to practice was Defensive tackle Jaye Howard, who missed three days with a shoulder injury. Receiver Sidney Rice (knee) did not practice today.

Other players who remain out include offensive lineman James Carpenter (knee) (foot), cornerback Ron Parker (hamstring), defensive lineman Tony McDaniel (groin), linebacker Bruce Irvin (groin) and running back Christine Michael (back spasms).

TE Zach Miller (foot), DE Chris Clemons (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot), WR Percy Harvin (hip) and DE Greg Scruggs (knee) still are on the PUP list. LB Korey Toomer (hip) remains on the non-football injury list.

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  1. RDPoulsbo says:

    Bates at FB? Interesting, though if they were to experiment, I’d guess that maybe working as an H-back type TE would be a better fit. Is Ware disappointing so far?

    Denver is going to be a nice indication of where this team is going. It would be nice to see the 1s get the upper hand even if both sides will just be playing vanilla.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Bates has a similar frame to Robinson (albeit Bates is about 20 lbs lighter) so I think I can at least see what they are thinking.

    I’ll definitely be focused on Willson’s protections Saturday. TE is so dangerously thin for Seattle, it would be incredible if he was able to quickly develop into a 3 down player.

  3. yankinta says:

    I am Very glad to hear this, after making Bold Predictions of Luke Willson and Jordan Hill being the steals of this year’s Draft,,,

  4. SandpointHawk says:

    Eric : James Carpenter (knee)??? Do tell, I thought it was a foot problem…

  5. Sandpoint it might be like after New Years when you keep writing 2012 on everything instead of 2013. Knee, knee, knee, knee, knee, oops I mean foot.

  6. RDPoulsbo says:

    I’m still trying to get my head around this Bates as FB. How did he look?

    Willson does sound promising. I thought he looked good blocking last week. Hopefully it continues this week against some tough competition.

    At least the number of walking wounded is going down. Starting at 19 and down to 13 is progress.

  7. Sandpoint: My apologies. It remains a foot issue for Carpenter.

  8. I’ll be stoked if someone actually “wins” the starting jobs at RG or 3-tech DT. If Sweezy & Hill earn it that’s great as it sounds like the first hints of separation are showing. Take the bull by the horns boyz.

    Only Darth Vader & yakinta could be so Bold as to make those above predictions.

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think Rang is starting to eat a little crow with regards to Willson.

    What I like most about Willson (besides his incredible speed) is that he works hard, and has played multiple sports. So ( much like Wilson ) he can now focus on just one thing, and he seems to be doing that well so far.

  10. Bates to FB doesn’t sound like a vote of confidence for Ware/Coleman to me. I don’t recall too many praises coming from the coaching staff for Ware, a few here or there for Coleman.

    It will be interesting to see what happens -

  11. Chicago is making SD look stupid right now

  12. edstang45 says:

    Eric should we be concerned with Millers foot?? and the seeminly poor depth at the TE position?? Anyone else want to ease my anxiety on this

  13. I love how they are highlighting a play that is CLEARLY a Helmet to helmet hit. They even did a still and the only contact that was being made was both helmets!!! No flag, just a “great hit” How come we don’t get those calls? We get the ones where helmets NEVER touch and there is a flag

  14. bbnate420 says:

    Georgia, there’s no reason to eat any crow about Willson or any other rookie in 2013 yet. None of them has proven jack squat yet.

  15. bbnate420 says:

    Georgia, I’m usually somewhat skeptical of emotional pieces on ESPN and the like, but the piece on RW and his family was great. Thanks for sharing. RW’s dad, uncle, and brother all look somewhat alike to me. Except for his brother’s vitiligo. I think the majority of people appreciate you posting content. I even think some of the people that you thought were criticizing you for posting links weren’t really. I hope you keep it up.

  16. Didn’t Bate used to be a QB? Putting him in the backfield smells a little bit like a wildcat.

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