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News, notes and quotes from the close of minicamp

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on June 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm with 13 Comments »
June 23, 2014 11:01 am

Minicamp ended with Pete Carroll reflecting on what it will be like to receive his Super Bowl ring tonight.

Usually a stream-of-consciousness speaker, Carroll paused when asked about the ceremony that will take place this evening (the Seahawks are mum on the details).

“It’s really an honor,” Carroll said. “The honor in it comes from doing it together with all these guys. You feel very fortunate and humbled that it’s come to this now. It’s just really cool to have done something like that together. Tonight will be a blast.”

Let’s get to today’s notes:

> Carroll said Earl Thomas is still the leading candidate to return punts. Percy Harvin, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin remain in the mix.

Percy Harvin, Jeron Johnson
Percy Harvin held back an angry Jeron Johnson on Thursday at Seahawks minicamp. / AP photo, Elaine Thompson

> Carroll’s main concern between now and the start of training camp (late July): That “everybody stays safe. They’re on their own now. We’re encouraging our guys to workout together and find each other. Our guys have worked so hard, I can’t imagine they’ll lose their conditioning over this time. We want them to maintain at least and improve if they can. It’s kind of the unknown.”

> Other than Bruce Irvin, the surgery group is expected to be ready for training camp: Russell Okung (foot), Malcolm Smith (ankle), Sidney Rice (knee), Kam Chancellor (hip). Carroll said Rice may not be ready the first day, but looks great at this point.

> Percy Harvin sat out the second half of practice yesterday just to rest. He was fully back today. Carroll said they had not been working him out three consecutive days and weren’t going to do it during camp (to clarify, he was talking about minicamp).

> As we talked about prior, Irvin probably won’t be back until late in training camp.

> Korey Toomer sat out again today because of a hamstring tweak. Also out were Kevin Norwood (“sore foot”), Kevin Pierre-Louis (groin), Bryan Walters (shoulder). Walters had his right arm in a sling. Carroll said Walters should be recovered in “a couple weeks.” Safety Dion Bailey also sat out today, as did linebacker Heath Farwell. Farwell did not participate in minicamp.

> On the Carroll praise list when asked about them: James Carpenter, Garry Gilliam (who has been playing a lot of LT) and DT Jesse Williams.

> Carroll said he thought Williams may be done with football because of the knee problems from last season and prior. Williams has rehabbed and cut his weight (he’s about 312 now, he said) to come back healthy in these practices. More on him to come in another post.

> Earl Thomas blasted Jeremy Lane in a blocking drill, then screamed with delight. He then appeared to essentially be put in timeout. Everyone cycled through the drill again. Thomas remained to the side.

> Harvin rerouted SS Jeron Johnson with a friendly arm after Johnson and running back Christine Michael began to get into it.

> Some nice runs and cuts from Demitrius Bronson today. He looks much faster than when I covered him at UW.

> Another day of what has become the standard for Terrelle Pryor. His throwing results were mixed. But, he ran zone-read one play, kept the ball and blew past everyone on the outside.

> Carroll said the team is better situated at linebacker and wide receiver than at this time last year. Said the wide receivers are like a, “track team.”

> Marshawn Lynch again enjoyed several laughs on the sidelines. He was wearing a visor upside down and turned to the side today. This apparently trumped other options, like the Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees mask he’s been known to wear.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good news for Walters.

  2. Sounds like Walters dislocated his shoulder. Not sure that counts as good news, or a non-serious injury, but at least its not a broken collarbone or the like.

    I still think its asinine to have players like ET and Sherm returning punts. Punt returns are dangerous, and Im sure the frequency of injuries–not to mention the severity–per play is higher than playing defense.

    Carrols comparison to returning a pick is whack; How many times did ET run a pick back last year–4 or 5? Compared to how many punts thats apples to oranges. Not only that, punt defense players are a lot more likely to knock the crap out of him than offensive players.

    I’d like to see them train up RIchardson or Kearse, or at least Baldwin.

  3. This Bronson kid sounds interesting. Cant wait to see him in pads.

  4. SandpointHawk says:

    With two Williams on the team now, I’m guessing you are talking about Jesse….

  5. SandpointHawk says:

    Before you jump in my stuff, both Kevin and Jesse Williams have had knee problems recently…

  6. FleaFlicker says:

    As Exhibit A for STTBM’s point about returning punts…run the tape from the NFC Championship game…the play where Ricardo Lockette nearly takes LaMichael James’ head off.

    There’s a huge difference between grabbing an INT and running it back against an offense that is caught flatfooted versus standing still in the open waiting for a punt to drop while special teams gunners are moving straight for you at top speed, cocked for impact.

    Kearse for kick returns!!!!!

  7. There’s no way Percy Harvin would be making what he does if it weren’t also for his ability to return kicks (kick-offs are a much different animal than returning punts, btw). Part of the reason he’s getting $11 million is because he’s the best KR on the planet (at least top few).

    Earl Thomas (or insert most other stars on the team) is a guy who makes his money at a position (there’s no way Harvin, straight up, is close to as good of a WR as guys like Megatron, a healthy Julio Jones, AJ Green, etc.). While he’s the greatest FS on the planet, there’s no guarantee he’s going to be the best PR on the planet (at least on a short list of them). If he IS the best PR on the planet, too, then I’m all for him also returning punts. If he’s only average at it, I don’t want him returning those punts (but I do understand starters playing on ST – if that makes sense).

  8. Im fine with starters playing on ST, I just think returning kicks–especially punts–is the most dangerous job in the NFL, and Seattle shouldn’t be risking All Pro players there. Im fine with Harvin returning kickoffs, but not with anyone more important than Baldwin returning punts…

  9. How about someone stouter-built returning punts, like Lockette or Bates?

  10. banosser says:

    I think RW should return punts… He’s so elusive..

  11. bsinnitt says:

    We should start a pool on who the punt returner will be when the season starts. My money is on either Baldwin or Richardson. 55% DB/ 45% PR.

  12. jawpeace says:

    I was surprised new speedster Richardson is not mentioned here by Carol. PR was my FR(front runner) for PR.

  13. Earl Thomas… then screamed with delight. He then appeared to essentially be put in timeout….. 2nd time this week he has shown poor leadership skills – you would hope he would develop into more of a leader, beyond just his play…..

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