Seattle Seahawks: Training camp notes from August 3rd

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The Seattle Seahawks wrapped up their fourth day of practice earlier today. The heat finally gave way to cooler weather, and it didn’t look like any of the players minded one bit. The players all have tomorrow off, and the next practice is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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I’m trying out a new format for my notes today. The list format didn’t let me go into as much detail as I’d like. Besides, we all know that being concise isn’t exactly my strong suit. Let me know what you think.

Cassius Marsh continues to be the biggest surprise of training camp. With Avril on the sidelines (He appears to have been given a “veteran day”), Marsh got time with the 1s at LEO. He flashed more quickness than we ever saw from him last season.

He also saw his usual reps with the 2s at SAM. At one point he was in coverage against Jimmy Graham on a quick out and handled the responsibility well.

At this point I think it is safe to increase our expectations for Marsh this season.

I saw this on twitter after practice and it caught my eye, mostly because my opinion has been the exact opposite.

I trust Jacson. He’s got a great eye for evaluating players. That the difference of opinion is coming from him is enough for me to take notice.

I haven’t been able to watch the 11-on-11 portions of practice, so that might explain part of it. Kearse does appear slimmer and quicker, which certainly will help.

The problem is that, at least during WR drills and 1-on-1s against he DBs Kearse can’t seem to catch anything cleanly. Way too many passes are being bobbled or dropped completely. It has been entirely frustrating to watch.

I’ll definitely have to watch more closely over the next few practices and see if there’s something I’m missing, or perhaps I’ve been attributing drops from someone else to Kearse. We’ll see.

I still haven’t figured out what the Thomas Rawls hype train is all about. From what I’ve seen he looks rather ordinary as a runner.

He’s shown limited ability to make people miss. While he runs with power on occasion. He gets brought down with arm tackles far too often  as well. I’m not sure of another way to put it other than I’ve not been impressed.

Rod Smith looks like the more likely of the undrafted RBs to make the roster (which isn’t likely for either of them). Smith is a bigger and stronger runner that has shown more quickness than I expected.

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