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.
> 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.