Seattle Seahawks Training Camp Notes: Day 2
By Keith Myers
The pace of practice was considerably slower today. There was simply a lot less energy. It doesn’t mean anything significant, but I missed the excitement that day 1.
Russell Wilson had a bit of an off-day; a lot more incompletions than normal, a few passes behind the target, that sort of thing. He had a couple days like this last year too, so it’s nothing to be concerned about.
Most of the talk today was still about Percy Harvin. Nothing new will be known until probably next Wednesday, so we should probably drop the subject until then. (I don’t expect that to happen.)
To me, the biggest story in camp this year is that Bruce Irvin hasn’t been rotating up to DE in the nickel. The team is working him out strictly as an OLB to this point. That might change after he’s acclimated to the new position, but at this point other players are switching in for Red Bryant when the team needs a pass rushers.
I’ll get more into this in the next couple days, but the scheme this year seems to be very different than in 2012. The 2012 defense moved to more 4-3 concepts, while so far this year the pendulum seems to have swung very far the other way. They’re now running the closest thing to a 3-4 that is possible without it actually being a 3-4. (That made sense in my head.)
WR Stephan Williams stood out today, and not just because he’s 6-5. Saw him get through a Brandon Browner Jam and get to the inside on the slant route when Browner started with inside leverage. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone do that before. Keep an eye on him. He has a chance to make to 53 man roster if he keeps playing like he did today.
Shawn McGrath continues to impress. At this point, I just don’t see how he doesn’t make the roster. (It’s only day 2. A lot can change.) He’s out there with the starters for most of his reps, and he looks like he belongs with them.
Seattle’s talent at CB is obvious during drills. This group is scary good. A couple very good players are going to end up playing for another team this year, because anyone cut will get scooped up right away by another team. There are CBs on the roster right now, that will be cut because of lack of roster room, that are better than starters on some teams.
Add Michael Robinson the list of those not practicing. None of those who didn’t practice on day one participated on day 2 to the best of my knowledge.
Jun 12, 2013; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll observes minicamp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports