Still no word on Percy Harvin, as expected. Everyone wants to know right away, but this is a judgement call. Doctors will want to talk, and makes sure they all agree, then the team and Percy will find out and need to talk. He’s still in New York, so that conversation hasn’t happened yet. I don’t expect any news today.
Full pads todays. First time with all of them on.
DT Jesse Williams is the first player to miss a day and then return to practice. His balky knee means this is likely going to a reoccurring theme throughout his career. Heath Farwell is also back (back spasms) but he doesn’t count as being first because then I wouldn’t get to talk about William’s knee. (My site, my rules, or something like that.)
Golden Tate and Walter Thurmond were the punt returners today. I expect them to be the guys most likely to handle that job once the season begins as well, but don’t count out Robert Turbin (once he’s healthy) and Jeremy Bates (if he makes the team).
A lot of special teams work early in practice. This was the only time I saw much of new Seahawks O’Brian Schofield today. I can’t comment as much on his as I’d have liked to.
I got a chance to watch a lot of offensive line work today. The players who stood out were James Carpenter and undrafted rookie Alvin Bailey. Carpenter’s footwork was very good, very quick, no signs of lingering knee problems. Bailey looked powerful and solid. I think he’ll be a great run blocker, but the team moved him from OG to OT and I worry about his ability to pass block on the outside.
Jordan Hill was very active in 11 on 11 drills today. He was playing vs the 2nd team’s interior line, and was winning a lot of battles there and was very disruptive.
WR Chris Harper had his best practice. He seems to be getting more and more comfortable each day. If you wrote him off for struggling the first couple days, then you made a mistake. The guy is really coming along nicely.
Sydney Rice sat out today. Until we’re told otherwise by the team, I’m not the least bit concerned. Pete Carroll likes to give vets like Rice extra days off to recover early in training camp. It also gives the younger guys a chance to get some extra reps.
Update: Pete Carroll says that Rice is in Switzerland getting a special treatment on his leg. This was, apparently, a planned treatment, and this was just the only time they could fit him in. If that’s true, then Rice has been playing with whatever has been bothering him for a last few days. That means there’s no reason to worry.
In the Quinn vs. Jackson battle for the backup QB job, the advantage goes to Jackson so far. Quinn is having a lot of balls that the defenders are able to get to. He just doesn’t get the ball to the receiver all that well. Jackson hasn’t been perfect by any means (fumbled an exchange today) but he completes more passes. Overall, it’s an underwhelming battle.
Spencer Ware continues to impress, as does Christine Michael. At this point, I’d say that Robert Turbin is no longer a lock to make the roster. I still think he does, but he needs to get on the field and defend his roster spot. The fact that Ware isn’t being used as a lead blocker yet also adds to the pressure here. His roster spot doesn’t look to tied to the FB position as we originally thought.