A lot happened between the end of practice yesterday and the start of practice today for the Seattle Seahawks. Bobby Wagner got a new deal and Tony McDaniel was released. It felt like the the team was just happy to get on the field and hit things today.
Here are my notes from Day 3:
- Today was the first day with pads on, and it was noticeable. Practice was fast paced and guys seems happy to finally be able go through contract drills.
- Anthony McCoy was back out there today after getting injured yesterday. Given his history we feared the worst, but it turned out to be nothing.
- Ahtyba Rubin is the team’s new starting 3-tech DT, which should come as no surprise.
- There is no way to tell that Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson haven’t played together before. They appear to have developed an instant connection on the field.
- Chris Matthews stands out, even between reps. The guy is huge. That shouldn’t be a surprise given his measurables, but it still surprises me every day.
- Tyler Lockett continues to be the best WR in camp not named Doug Baldwin. He is so quick in his breaks, and runs sharp routes. Press defense isn’t his friend though.
- Earl Thomas is still on the PUP, but is getting work on the side: lots of running, working on his backpedal and footwork, that sort of thing.
- Cary Williams got some one-on-one time with Kris Richard early in practice today. They were working on his footwork and eliminating the extra steps he tends to take when playing press coverage.
- DeShawn Shead is your starting strong safety until Kam Chancellor shows up. He’s been playing very well. None of the other option options look like they’ll make the roster at this point. Dion Bailey will come off the PUP tomorrow and practice for the first time, which should help.
- The Seahawks are moving a couple of other CBs to safety, which means they’re going to be short at corner. They fixed that today by making a trade with Detroit pickup Mohammed Seisay. He’s a pure athlete who wasn’t even a college starter. Needless to say he’s a massive project.
- In case was any doubt, R.J. Archer is just a camp body. His throwing motion is long and slow, and he has serious accuracy issue. Think of him as Tim Tebow without the running ability.
- Center rotation is still unchanged. Lemuel Jean-Pierre and Drew Nowak splitting time with starters, Kristjan Sokoli and Patrick Lewis splitting time with backups. This is officially a two-man race now.
- Pete Carroll said that if the team played a game today, Jean-Pierre would be the starter. I suspect that is because of the line calls and blocking adjustments. LJP is the veteran of the pair and has experience with that, while Nowak does not. Nowak is getting more reps though.
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