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Quick practice notes

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on July 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm with 24 Comments »
July 30, 2014 12:30 pm

Quick notes off practice.

DT Jessie Williams was carted off after appearing to injure a knee in one-on-one pass rushing drills. He was making a move against C.J. Davis and it looked as if he hyperextended his knee. Williams had worked hard to come back off the knee problems that sidelined him last season. There was no early word from the team on his status, and Pete Carroll didn’t talk, so we have nothing official yet.

Wagner, Carpenter, Bowie,Richardson and Kearse were some of those out today, with Norwood returning after a couple days off with a foot issue.

Hauschka kicked a 58-yard field goal.

Baldwin and Bryan Walters each had big plays in Red Zone sessions. Walters’ diving sideline catch for a touchdown from Russell Wilson was the play of the day, although the official there might have been a little generous on the call. Thankfully, there’s no instant replay in practice.

Percy Harvin ran a fly sweep with such speed he seemed to leave a vapor trail in his wake. As we saw in limited time last season, it’s a play that will be a nightmare for defenses, and will be a great set-up action for other plays off it.

Luke Willson has gone from being a blocking liability to being pretty solid. He did a nice job sealing the edge on a touchdown run in the Red Zone.

DC Dan Quinn talked about the solid play of rookie free agent Brock Coyle, who was filling in at middle linebacker with bobby Wagner nursing a hamstring.  DQ said Jordan Hill really improved his strength, and he’s loved the versatility of Greg Scruggs as an early down DE and an inside tackle in the nickel.

Darrell Bevell said the injury to Anthony McCoy (Achilles of unannounced severity) “is a big blow for him … we felt horrible for him.”

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  1. yankinta says:

    Yeah,, I hope Anthony McCoy recovers and signs a FA contract next year.

    Had high hope for Jessie Williams but this opened the door for Jordan Hill to make some noise…. Hope Jessie can come back by mid season.

  2. Singularitarian says:

    Good to hear about Wilson’s improved blocking

  3. Ray_Maines says:

    Luke Willson is turning out to be a very good pick for the ‘Hawks. I don’t keep track of this sort of thing, but I wonder how our friends in Santa Clara feel about second round selection Vance McDonald right now?

  4. Scary, from a past Todd Dybas article:

    Williams had arthroscopic knee surgery right after the 2012 national title game. He went to the combine shortly after, then into camp with the other Seahawks rookies. His knee didn’t get much of a break.

    To fix it, Williams received Orthokine injections, which help with joint pain, lost some weight and took time to rest. His knees were in such bad shape before, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wondered what Williams’ future was.

    “I thought that maybe Jesse was done,” Carroll said.

    Read more here:

  5. Williams was not competition for Hill, or visa versa. Hill plays third-down, pass-rushing DT, and Williams was an early down run stuffer. Hill was likely to make the team regardless.

    Kevin Williams may just make the team with Williams getting hurt constantly. I hope the hyper-extended knee doesnt cost him the whole season…

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Next man up.

  7. yankinta says:

    STTBM,, lol you’re right but you forget that our D-line requires everyone of them to be versatile… If you’re can’t play multiple positions then you don’t belong on the Hawks D-Line Squad….. Making the team is one thing and getting significant number of snaps is the other.. :)

  8. SandpointHawk says:

    Brandon Mebane…

  9. Dukeshire says:

    More importantly than down and distance, Hill and Williams don’t play the same position. One’s a 3-tech and the other a NT.

    “If you’re can’t play multiple positions then you don’t belong on the Hawks D-Line Squad.” SO I guess Mebane’s getting cut then…

    Williams has had nothing but knee issues since his last year at Alabama.

    And I agree about Willson: he has the ability to be one of the best TEs in the game. His progress as an in-line blocker is welcome news.

  10. NintyFivePercent says:

    Obviously, 95% of the D-Linemen play multiple positions. Mebane is the exception. Which means. . . there must be 19 other D-Linemen!

  11. SandpointHawk says:
  12. MoSeahawk12 says:

    20 if you count yank.
    Different kind of D though.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Last year at this time if you had listened to Rang he would have made you believe Willson would be a long shot to make the team.

    But of course all of us TNT GMs knew better. Lol.

  14. yankinta says:

    lol,, are you implying that Mebane is not versatile at all?? wow…

  15. Georgia–Rang was upfront that he hadnt seen a bunch of practices, and that from WHAT HE SAW, Willson had a lot of ground to cover to contribute. As it is, he went long periods of the season catching one pass a game–the same relative production as Lockette. I wouldnt be too hard on him. Its not like he was out there bragging on his own ability to judge talent in a practice or two, just offering up what he saw in limited observation.

    Personally, I thought he was very honest that his opinion came from a limited viewing, as I said. He’s a good dude, and I’d trust his insider knowledge and personnel eval above Mel Kiper, Mike Mayock, and other so-called Draft Experts.

    Exactly what Dukeshire said. NT vs 3-tech. Hill isnt a NT, JW is. Brooks and KW might make the team if JW doesnt, but Hill will be competing with Scruggs, Marsh, etc to backup Bennett.

  16. Dave Boling says:

    Willson actually looked like a very promising tight end — receiver. But a very raw tight end — blocker, at this point last year. It’s a tribute to him that he’s turned into a pretty good blocker. I can’t remember the game off the top of my head, but I think it was San Francisco, when he came across on a Wham pull and absolutely decked a DT to open the way for a long run. Today he had another nice one that caused Cable to come up and really congratulate him. Blocking is want-to and the understanding of leverage and angles. The biggest guy doesn’t win, the lowest guy wins. They still need a third TE, and so far I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Cooper Helfet and RaShaun Allen as projects. If they see somebody come free out there who can be a studly TE blocker, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go after somebody.

  17. yankinta says:

    lol,, all of you need to go back and read the comments from Pete Carroll, talking about Jessie Williams playing the 3-tech. smh….

    As for D-Line being versatile and playing more than one position,, all of you need to listen to Michael Bennett interview on 710AM Sports, yesterday morning… again smh…

    okay, I’m a little dizzy from smh too much… lol

  18. Of course they want the D-linemen to be versatile. Just like they want their O-linemen to be versatile.

    But what youre saying is like saying Michael Bowie is Sweezy’s backup. If anything, Bowie is a RT and LG in our system, not a RG; He’ll only play there if they cant get a RG with more athleticism up to speed this year.

    Jesse Williams is not competing with Hill for a roster spot. He’s competing with bigger DT’s whose specialty is run-stuffing, not pass-rush first guys.

  19. Nobody is implying that Mebane is or is not versatile, merely pointing out that he plays one position. As did Red. Not every player on the d-line is Michael Bennett.

  20. Nobody said Mebane wasn’t versatile……..

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, Williams at 3-tech and Hill at the 1. Williams going down does nothing to “open the door” for Hill.

    Thanks, Dave

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Actually Rang was projecting Willson’s future based off one or to practices & what he had known about Willson before he was drafted.

    Rang has gotten better since then but on Willson he completely whiffed on.

  23. freedom_X says:

    Over 220 players are drafted every year. If I accurately predicted the futures of 90% of them – which would get me a 8 figure salary from any NFL franchise – that still means I’d miss on more than 20 of them.

    Easy to go call out the 20 I missed and proclaim how ignorant my draft analysis is. I can go out and call out John Schneider’s misses and carp about how he constantly whiffs.

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    So who (you say) is getting 90% right & getting an 8 figure salary?

    Is that how Ruskell Made it? Lol.

    It’s not just Rang that has changed his tune when it comes to projecting success with regards to the Seahawks Draft picks.

    I will post a Link to one of Rangs latest articles concerning this if it helps for better understanding.

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