I had a good time watching the Seahawks at Training Camp with Danny Kelly & Erik Polson on Sunday. Here are my thoughts and musings in no particular order:
- The defense looks ahead of the offense and appears to have a lot of confidence, and the best cornerback on the Seahawks roster is Richard Sherman. I think he will have a big year in 2012, and a Pro Bowl would not surprise. The nickel defensive line left to right is Bruce Irvin, Clint McDonald, Jason Jones, and Chris Clemons.
- The Seahawks pass rush looks very good in practice; quarterbacks do not have the luxury of a lot of time in the pocket or have many clean pockets, and if you were allowed to hit quarterbacks in practice, all three of the quarterbacks would have been beaten up pretty good. Jason Jones looks like he will make a big impact.
- Deon Butler and Ben Obomanu had good days on Sunday -- from just watching one practice, and attempting to ignore contracts and club control length -- if you had to ask me who the top five WR on the Seahawks were I would say: Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Ben Obomanu and Deon Butler. They didn't throw a lot to Ricardo Lockette on Sunday. I don't know if Phil Bates will make the 53 man cut, but I would say he looks more consistent than Kris Durham and Lavasier Tuinei.
- Matt Flynn doesn't have a wow arm during drills, but in 11-on-11, he fired two laser passes down the left seam with bullets flying and they both had plenty of zip. I would say his weakest throw would be the 40 yard corner fade - both left and right side - they attempt to have the ball drop around the pylon, and it seems the ball may hang up there a tad too long. Corners were always in position.
- In general, the defensive backs look much better as a group than our wide receivers, which is no surprise, but that idea was confirmed a practice. The secondary is actually deeper than I thought - if injuries hit - I don't think it will be a complete disaster with Coye Francies or Phil Adams or Jeremy Lane out there. Walter Thurmond watched practice, and Byron Maxwell was banged up with a back injury. I think Thurmond will hit the PUP - which, really, could be a good way to keep an extra corner that will be fresh and ready mid-season (as another corner will get injured most likely, this is football). I think Maxwell will be fine when the season starts.
- People are asking who I think the "X" WR will be opening day - and I think it will be Golden Tate.
- Doug Baldwin, if he stays healthy, will have over 50 catches; all the QBs favor him and he gets open and makes catches all over the place - high, low, sideline, over the middle - and he looks smooth and throws his hands out at the very last minute to snatch the ball as to never tip off the defender. Baldwin is still a very big deal for this offense, in my opinion.
- Danny asked me if they would go 4 TE and 5 WR, and I said "no," but after a few days, and after listening to Pete Carroll and John Schneider interviews, I could actually see them land with Zach Miller, Kellen Winslow, Cameron Morrah, Anthony Mccoy - with Mccoy being Miller's backup and Morrah being Winslow's backup in terms of where they line up and in their role. Morrah is sort of like a big WR, and you'll remember that Jeremy Bates lined him up wide at the X fairly often in 2010.
That's what I got for now, I am hoping to put a few more notes together soon.