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Receiver group ready to step up with Harvin out

Post by Eric Williams on July 31, 2013 at 1:49 pm with 52 Comments »
July 31, 2013 1:55 pm

The receiver group for the Seattle Seahawks was front and center a day after the Percy Harvin announced that he would have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, likely making him unavailable for a large chunk of the 2013 season.

While acknowledging the unfortunate loss of Harvin for a majority of the season, receivers Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin said Seattle’s offense still will not miss a beat once the regular season begins in September.

“I hate to say it, but Sidney (Rice) was dealing with injuries my rookie season, and we were able to go forward without him, Baldwin said. “Percy wasn’t here last year. So we still have depth. We have guys on this team that haven’t even had a chance to play football yet on Sundays, and they’re more than capable of filling in too, if we need them as well.”

“I think it affects me more now that he’s gone,” added Tate. “With him being here, I felt like I still was going to get my touches. I still was going to make my plays, and it was actually going to open it up a lot more for us.

“But we’ll see. Only time will tell. I haven’t spoken with anyone, or had discussions (about the offense). But it’s definitely something I’m curious about.”

Carroll did not provide a time table for Harvin’s eventual return, saying team doctors won’t know for certain until the surgery is completed in New York on Thursday.

“Percy does have a chance to get back,” Carroll told the league’s web site. “And we’ll find that out after the procedure. We’ll know what took place, and then they’ll make a guess on how long that will take him.

“But we’re going to get him right, fix him up and take care of him. We made a big commitment to Percy. We want to make sure that he’s 100 percent and ready to go. So we look forward to a fast recovery, and him getting back out here.”

You can watch the full conversation with Carroll here.

One person who will benefit from Harvin’s absence is Jermaine Kearse, who shows continual improvement in practice each day, and has developed a good rapport with quarterback Russell Wilson.

“I feel a lot more confident and a lot more comfortable with the offense and the program,” Kearse said. “I know what to expect wit what Coach Kippy Brown and Coach Carroll want from me, and I just try to come out here and compete every day, and focus on the things that I can get better on.”

A crowded training room
Seattle’s training room is filling up with the completion of Day 6 of training camp. The Seahawks had 18 players not practice today, including six players on the pup list in Harvin (hip), Greg Scruggs (knee), Chris Clemons (knee), Tharold Simon (foot), Zach Miller (foot) and Robert Turbin (foot). Linebacker Korey Toomer (hip) remains on the non-football injury list.

Others sitting out of practice include tight ends Michael Palmer and Darren Fells, cornerbacks Ron Parker (hamstring) and Jeremy Lane (walking boot), defensive end Michael Brooks, linebacker Bobby Wagner, defensive ends Kenneth Boatright and Cliff Avril (hamstring), Sidney Rice (knee), Kyle Knox and offensive lineman Michael Bowie (hamstring).

Tight end Luke Willson suffered what looked to be an arm injury late in practice while diving for a ball in the end zone, with safety Winston Guy closing in on him.

Receiver Stephen Williams also sat out the second half of practice, but I do not know whether he was injured or just getting a blow.

Some tidbits

* Former Seattle Seahawks Jim Zorn and Randall Morris stopped by practice today.

* New addition Jameson Konz is wearing No. 87, and played tight end today. Konz had been playing SAM linebacker the last time he was with the team>

* Cornerback Byron Maxwell corralled his second interception, going high to take the ball away from Tate, and seems to be solidifying a spot on the active roster with his solid, consistent play.

* John Moffitt moved back with the first unit playing right guard, and wearing some shorts that John Stockton would have been proud of.

* Rookie receiver Chris Harper made a couple outstanding catches today, and seems to be taking the absence of Harvin as his chance to make a move up the depth chart.

* But the play of the day was provided by Russell Wilson, who wiggled out of the pocket, spotted an open Sean McGrath in the back of the end zone and zinged a pass from the opposite hash mark about 70 yards on a rope, hitting McGrath in the chest.

Of course, McGrath promptly had the ball swiped away from him by Earl Thomas, so it would not have been catch in a real game. Still, it’s one of the more impressive throws I’ve seen first hand.

* Allen Bradford played middle linebacker with the first unit with Wagner unavailable

* Congratulations to defensive lineman Michael Bennett and his wife, who had a daughter, Ali, on Tuesday. Bennett was back at practice today.

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  1. yankinta says:

    Yup Yup, I’m not worried about the receiving group, NOT AT ALL…. I worry more about getting a consistent Pass Rush and being able to stop the Run…

    PH should be back by mid Oct to help us win at RAMS and FALCONS…. In the mean time, it’d be great to find some Steal at WR,, Stephen Williams, I’m rooting for you. I liked reading about what other Cardinals Players had to say about you…. this is your chance to make the 53 man roster…

  2. ballgame says:

    Saw that throw today on the live feed. Thought the throw 2 plays earlier was even more impressive hitting tate down the sideline for 6

  3. seahawksteven777 says:

    If people want to think the sky is falling, they can but in all honesty, it’s really not. We’ll be just fine.

    Also, I hope that 49ers troll stays off this blog. It’s obvious he’s insecure if he has to be posting on a Seahawks blog.

  4. tealskin says:

    In addition to being well-paid I assume Harvin also loves playing football and being part of the team. So why would he prefer having surgery and rehabbing for months rather than play? Sounds as if many people want to characterize him as a shirker and in some way cheating the Hawks. Seems to me he’s trying to save his career and stay healthy for the longer term.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Avrill now has a bad hammy. Damn.

    Eric, Why was Wagner sitting?

  6. bbnate420 says:

    ballgame, saw that too and agree.

    yank, I wouldn’t hold your breath about Harvin being back in October. He is going to have to practice and get into game shape after getting healthy. Sometime in November hopefully. NFL.com said that the Hawks hope to get him back by Thanksgiving.

  7. RDPoulsbo says:

    John Stockton or Richard Simmons shorts? I’ve seen the Hooters twitter pic. I only wish I could unsee it.

    It’s going to be tough to pick between Maxwell and Lane for that last spot. Lane’s going to need to get healthy real quick if he’s going to make the 53.

    I’m a bit worried about the pass rush as well with all the injuries. Hopefully Avril gets back in there soon.

  8. bbnate420 says:

    Maxwell and Lane can both make it if they keep 6 CBs, and I expect them too. I expected Simon to challenge, but he has yet to get on the field.

  9. LuckyCharms says:

    “New addition Jameson Konz is wearing No. 87, and played tight end TODAY.”

    The Konz looks like he’s added 20 pounds since we last saw him. That’s a lot of weight to add over the course of the last 10 months.

    He’s probably the only player on an NFL roster where you have to update his position on a daily basis. Saw on the camp video feed that he was standing next to Coach McPherson who was coaching him up throughout practice.

  10. dirtbiker_joey says:

    Now Willson’s hurt? God, I hope that’s not serious. With Miller already nursing an injury, TE is rapidly becoming a HUGE concern. Jameson Konz? Really? I wonder if they’ll start using a third tackle on running downs. I can see it now: “#67 has checked in as an eligible receiver:”

  11. We need a pic of Moffit in his Stockton shorts. Here’s hoping it got captured on the RealRobReport. :)

  12. RDPoulsbo says:

    Skavage, haven’t seen Moffitt’s twitter profile pic?
    https://twitter.com/Moffitt74

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you. He admitted he has a sock in there.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I keep hearing good things about Kearse. Maybe I’m wrong and he has fixed his eye hand coordination. I can see him making this team with Harvin out now.

    http://www.seahawks.com/news/articles/article-1/Wednesday-in-Hawkville-For-Byron-Maxwell-and-Russell-Wilson-one-good-play-deserves-another-/fde3fe74-b7a0-4e20-9821-2e4757c1bb95

  14. Hah. Moffit’s such a grade A fool. I might have to get back on twitter to follow some of these guys. The 49er for life pick is hilarious. Wonder where he got that.

    Not sweating the loss of Percy on the offense. Concerned about special teams and TE at the moment though. Hopefully Wilson’s injury is fairly minor, as he needs some practice with blocking technique. Sure are throwing bodies at that outside linebacker and Leo spot, hopefully we get a combination that works for 4 games or so.

    Overall still very high on this team. We’ll find our interim return man soon enough. What’s Joe Jarzynka doing these days?

  15. shadowkepe says:

    Epic –
    “Receiver Stephen Williams also sat out the second half of practice, but I do not know whether he was injured or just getting a blow.”

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Does this rattle your cage, Georgia?

    No it doesn’t nate. I still hear some folks comparing Seneca Wallace to Wilson.
    This silliness will hopefully end when he helps win us a Super Bowl.

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Now there are two players on the Eagles I want to see have their asses handed to them. This one I hope get’s it soon, the other one I hope Okung gets down the road.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp13/story/_/id/9526303/riley-cooper-philadelphia-eagles-issues-apology-uttering-racial-slur-video

  18. I was at Training camp on Tue and the guy who really stood out is..Russel Wilson..One play as example it looked like total chaos …I could not even see him then Boom the ball is flying 30 yards over everyone and settling perfectly in Baldwins hands on a crossing rout. Then 7 on 7 drills he easily kept throwing strikes…and Kearse had some freaky moves off the line he was showing off as he burnt Browner and some other dudes…Also Hill made some big plays (defense) and was always around the action.

  19. sluggo42 says:

    Geez 18 men in the ice tub already? Hopefully none are drastic.
    Yancid, I am pulling for Stephen Williams too…

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks twohawk for the report.

    Like I said before Wilson is playing chess while other players are playing checkers.

  21. bbnate420 says:

    Very funny, shadowkepe. Hopefully he wasn’t off doing some blow.

    Georgia, that dumb ass Marcus Vick put a bounty out on Cooper. I wonder if it was his money or Michael’s?

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22955053/marcus-vick-puts-bounty-on-eagles-wr-riley-cooper

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Lol nate. Did you see this comment about Marcus Vick from that article?

    “The same scumbag that was kicked out of college for stomping on a player. Too funny.”

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Check out #10 on Cris Carters list of top ten receivers and what his main concern with #10 is, health. Ouch! That hurts.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp13/story/_/id/9517295/nfl-2013-training-camps-cris-carter-top-10-wide-receivers

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    For anyone who thinks Turbin is less than a good backup check out this block.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo2Wo7dcqpM

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Wow! Where did everyone go! Oh well, another Wilson sighting.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR8kG-A-Dlg

  26. raymaines says:

    If I hit the “Submit Comment” button fast enough this will be comment #33 and so far there have been no Troll comments and no petty bickering between siblings. Thank you!! Sincerely. Thank you.

    Please don’t feed the Trolls. I know it’s tempting but please don’t respond to Golden Showers silly rants. He’s an attention whore, don’t give him the attention he so desperately craves.

    And please give the family feud stuff a rest. First of all, don’t type shit when you’re drunk. That would probably solve a lot of our problems. Then take the high road and just don’t respond to whatever you might think was offensive. Glossing over 50 posts of He Said / She Said stuff is just painful. Again, my sincerest thanks to all of you. I love the Seahawks and this blog, but some of you guys are just killing me.

  27. I always thought Kearse was the front runner for the #5 spot because of ST. I felt that Williams and Harper would be given every opportunity to take that spot- with USS Harvin out. 2 get the nod. Looks like all 3 have done some great things so far – hearing more great things about Kearse but not sure what the coaches have seen and how they eval.

    If Harper doesn’t blow the doors off in games wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him on the PS and keep the other 2 active

  28. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Great advice raymaines. As fans we need to stick together as we expect our team to. Our players wouldn’t get too far if they treated each other as poorly as some here do. We all have opinions and you know what they say about those.
    Side note. My Father in Law is a huge 9er fan and has been for like 50 years and he basically says the refs stole the Superbowl so that Ray Lewis would go out with a win. It sounds similar to our Superbowl with the refs and Bettis. Of course I tell him the Ravens pretty much beat them all game and they made it interesting at the end. Our Superbowl was a complete joke with multiple offensive pass interference calls, one that removed a TD. Basically, the two games are not even close in my opinion. He also tells me that the reason we beat them so badly last year was because they didn’t need to win. Of course I let him know that is far from the truth and that we just kicked their ass from start to finish. They needed the win as much as us and had week 17 gone the right way and the Packers not choking against the Vikings, The 9ers would have had to go to Green Bay instead of playing them at home. He forgets that part. I can’t wait for week two. They have to go down!

  29. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Extra side note. He tells me we are screwed if Wilson goes down. Duh. Almost every team is in trouble if the starting QB goes down. Not his 9ers……they have Colt McCoy as a backup. I literally spit up my drink when he told me that with a straight face. Ahhh 9er fans, delusional creatures.

  30. raymaines says:

    We’re screwed if the starting QB goes down? Like, times 32 OK?

    With a heavy emphasis on the run game and T-Jack as a back up I think the Seahawks would be better off than most teams, but we’re still super bowl screwed.

    .
    .
    .
    .

    Now that I think about it for a second, I think we’re more screwed than most teams. T-Jack would win just enough games to miss out on the playoffs AND a decent draft pick in 2014. Crap, the father-in-law is right.

  31. Dukeshire says:

    What on earth has this blog become? Immature and lacking of thoughtful opinions, from where I sit. Not everyone, of course. But jesus christ people, to paraphrase Jim Rome: have a *good* take. (or any take).

  32. Nice thing about RW is that he has a “Brady-like” processor speed and good accuracy. Every year TB loses most of his receiver core it seems and every year he helps make whoever they pick up look good. Castaways and scrap heap guys go there and are reborn. I can’t say what we lost in Harvin. Certainly it’s a bummer. I feel fine though with Rice, Baldwin, Tate, Kearse(from seeing him as a Dawg) & the rest of our depth. Wilson will make them look good and many of them are on the upswing in their careers. Here’s to wishing that we don’t get any thinner at the position.

  33. About PH’s return: Sando said the procedure takes 10-16 weeks to come back from. We are talking about Percy Harvin…and it’s the pain and discomfort that keeps him from playing at 100%. So his recovery is to get his pain to some fairly low threshold. I’m figuring 16 weeks or four months from Thursday, roughly the beginning of August through the end of November before he comes back, assuming it’s arthroscopic hip surgery and isn’t complicated by any degenerative issues. Assuming PH starts his physical therapy two weeks after the procedure (no weight at all on it for the first 2 weeks), then minimum two months of PT to get to walking/trotting. Fine, then 4-6 weeks of grinding and habituation to pain levels to get into football game shape and ready to play(?)

  34. CDHawkFan says:

    I like this;

    ”Welcome to paradise,’’ former Arizona teammate Stephen Williams, also now a Seahawk, told Schofield as he walked into the locker room for the first time this week.

    Also, with PC/JS talking about how they had targetted Schofield in 2010, but they had him graded a little later (he went #130 overall to AZ) I wonder if that was with the Hawks #133 overall (Kam) or #186 (McCoy). They also had just taken DE EJ Wilson at #127.

  35. montanamike2 says:

    Eagles are still fuming that we snagged him.

  36. GeorgiaHawk says:

    From around the league by Marc Sessler-

    “It sure seems like the Pro Bowl is being used as a testing ground. If the return game isn’t missed in lovely Hawaii, it’s a candidate to vanish from football altogether.”

    So what happens now for all the return men in the NFL that have incentives written in their contracts for making the Pro Bowl?

  37. montanamike2 says:

    Return men will want to play WR.

  38. montanamike2 says:

    Devin Hester

  39. pabuwal says:

    To Georgia’s article about the Eagles almost drafting Wilson -

    I remember sitting on this draft chat very afraid my most hated team – the Eagles were going to trade up and draft Wilson. I didn’t know Reid coveted Wilson but it was a huge worry that night.

    I am sure we realize had the Seahawks beaten the Cardinals in OT of the 2011 finale, they would have lost substantial draft position and would not have seen Wilson available in the third round. Who knows if Schneider would have pulled the trigger in the second round.

  40. Tarcat88 says:

    Shorts John Stockton would be proud of- LOL!!!
    Go Hawks!

  41. The more I read about the injury and back ground the more I am highly disappointed that the paid so much for him – not his fault

  42. bbnate420 says:

    Georgia, I believe they would still have to pay the pro bowl incentives for the rest of the current CBA. It was said that pro bowl incentives would still have to be paid if they had gotten rid of the game altogether.

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