Seattle Seahawks: training camp notes for August 5th


After the day off on Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks were back at work today. Today’s practice started a bit slow, with less energy than we’re used to seeing. The energy level picked up over the course of practice.

Here’s my notes from today:

We got a nice long look at special teams drills today. The Seahawks were working primarily on their coverage units.

Chris Matthews lined up as the gunner, and caught a Jon Ryan punt at the six-yard line. It looked like he was catching a slightly under-thrown pass. On the next punt Ryan’s punt literally bounced off the pylon in the corner.

Later potential gunners were working on getting passed two blockers on the outside. While some guys struggled, Ricardo Lockette put on a show.

On one play, Lockette started to his left, then cut back between to the two blockers with a swim move like you’d see defensive linemen use. The two blockers (I forgot to note who they were) both had no choice but to hold Lockette.

Locket’s limitations as a receiver should not let us overlook just how great he is on special teams.

Before today, if you asked me what B.J. Daniels’ chances of making the roster were, my answer would have landed somewhere between laughter and “you’re joking, right?”

Today, Daniels finally showed why he’s still in the NFL. He had a beautiful over-the-should diving catch on a fade from Russell Wilson in receiver drills that few people are capable of making. He backed up with a difficult twisting catch on an off target pass from Archer in 1-on-1 drills.

Both of those plays were “wow” plays that were impossible to ignore. That’s a great sign for a guy like Daniels that is learning a new position.

Cassius Marsh continues to impress. He used a jab step and go to blow right passed Russell Okung on one play. It was the type of thing Chris Clemons was good at, and is typically something you see from veteran pass rushers.

Marsh spent almost all of practice at DE today. He’s been splitting time between DE and SAM, and has looked good at both positions.

With Bruce Irvin being given a “veteran day,” I expected Marsh to get 1st-team reps at SAM. Instead, Marsh played DE and Kevin Pierre-Lewis played with the 1s at WILL (K.J. Wright swapped sides and played SAM)

Pete Carroll said after practice that KPL would get playing time to give the starters a rest if the Seahawks had a game this week.

We can’t seem to have a practice without Tyler Lockett doing something amazing. At one point, he made fellow rookie Tye Smith look silly with a stop and go move that was just amazing.

Praising Lockett has become a daily feature in my notes, but that isn’t intentional. He just does something daily that forces me to include him.

I’m trying to think of a rookie WR who made this type of impression in a Seattle training camp, but I cannot think of a recent one. The last one might have been Joey Galloway.

Offensive Line Update

Kristjan Sokoli got more time at LG with the starters today. Pete Carroll say they still think he’s best suited to play center, but they want to let him concentrate on blocking right now instead of having to worry about snapping the ball.

Alvin Bailey got time at both OT spots in drills, but then was the 2nd team LG in 11-on-11s. Bailey is still in line to be the starter at LG. I suspect Cable is moving him around since Bailey is a guy that can play four of five line positions.

Drew Nowak was the center with the 1s today after Lemuel Jean-Pierre got the bulk of the reps on Monday. They appear to be switching on a daily basis as this battle continues. Patrick Lewis continues to split time between the 2nd and third lines.

I’ll conclude with this video of Jimmy Graham being Jimmy Graham. This is crazy, and against great coverage too.

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