This will be my last set of training camp notes for a while. The team doesn’t have an open practice again until Sunday, and by then I’ll be without internet for a few days. We’ll still have plenty of other things to read here at 12MR, just no notes about practices.
Overall today, the offense “won.” At one point during red-zone drills, there was a four play stretch that included three Russell Wilson TD passes. Then Brady Quinn stepped in at QB, and his first play was a TD pass to Chris Harper. Throw in Lynch and Christine Michael looking great running the ball, and you get the idea.
No James Carpenter again today. Not sure what that means, as we haven’t been given an official description of his injury, but it’s not a good thing. This team needs him on the offensive line. I didn’t even see him on the sidelines, which is a bad sign.
Max Unger was out again, even though he said yesterday he was out only as a “rest day.” Its not a normal things for guys to rest two days in a row like that, but we will have to wait and see what Pete Carroll has to say about it. Backup Lemuel Jeanpierre got the reps with the 1’s in his place.
Stephen Williams was back out there again, though he was wearing a red “non-contact” jersey. He played all three WR positions, and made it very tough on the CBs. Simply put, he continues to be impressive.
The team was having fun today. There was a lighter mood, especially among the veterans. On one play, Marshawn Lynch had a great run on an outside zone left, then looked for Richard Sherman, ran over to him and tackled him. It was funny to watch the guy with the football tackle a defensive player.
Speaking of Lynch, he’s ready for a monster year. Ware and Michael stole the spotlight for the first week and a half of camp, but Lynch has really shown the last couple of days that he’s the best back on this team. Today he looked particularly filthy.
Another fun “play” came from Earl Thomas in DB drills. He hit Walter Thurmond through one of the body pads and sent him flying into a backward somersault. The hit could have been worse, but Thomas backed off at that last second. Thurmond popped up and gave Thomas a fist bump.
Hopefully I’ll be able to get into it more in a full article, but the most improved player from last season to now is easily Golden Tate. He’s always just tried to get by on his athleticism in the past. This year, he’s finally added crisp routes to his skills, and it’s showing.
I also want to point out that Doug Baldwin has been absolutely impossible to cover lately. I mean that seriously. No one has been able to stay with him. He’s so good in and out of his routes. He might not be able to get behind a defense, but underneath he’s unstoppable.
In the backup QB competition, Quinn clearly won the day over Jackson. The word is that Quinn has to be “clearly better” in order to win the job, and today he definitely was.
I can’t wait to see Thursday’s game vs. San Diego.