Seahawks Rookie Mini-Camp: Notes and quotes

Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Some good stuff out of the Seahawks' Rookie Mini-Camp today, with beat writers reporting, Pete Carroll talking, and players reacting.

Here's a quick roundup of what's out there, from today, and the rest of the weekend.

One note that stood out to me this afternoon came from Bob Condotta:

I sort of thought Demitrius Bronson was the best of the tryout running backs here.

Dave Boling echoed this sentiment, noting:

Former Husky and EWU product Demitrius Bronson had a good camp, showing quick cuts in the hole and a nice burst into the second level.

Boling added:

Safety Markus Smith (Nevada) also kept coming up with nice plays. Tight end Rashaun Allen (South) caught a touchdown and made several other nice grabs.

On Saturday, Condotta noted that DT Andru Pulu looked the part:

"DT Andru Pulu is a hard one to miss in the middle of the defense. He looks totally different body-type wise than during his one season at UW, when he was more of an end, listed at 251. He's now listed at 322 and looks more like Alameda Ta'amu. I wouldn't rule out Pulu hanging around a while."

Condotta also name-checked Markus Smith and John Ojo as guys that stood out.

"One tryout guy who has had some nice moments is safety Markus Smith of Nevada. He also got a few plays at cornerback today. At 6-1, 195, he looks the part for a Seattle CB. Another guy who definitely looks the part is SS John Ojo of Florida A&M, listed at 6-3, 209."

Adding to the praise, Curtis Crabtree singled out a few players, noting that CB Thomas Wolfe, RB Demetrius Bronson, S John Ojo, CB Markus Smith and TE Rashaun Allen "seemed to have strong performances in camp."

It's likely one or several of these players get contracts over the next day or two.

Cornerback/Safety Eric Pinkins was on the wrong end of a few big plays this weekend at cornerback, but apparently saw time at safety today. Carroll talked about the move:

"We wanted to make sure we could see him at both spots so we could we get a little bit of information before we get into the next mode here. It's really good he can play in both spots, we'll see how it works out, I don't know how it'll work out, but I'm glad we got some information."

Justin Britt stood out, per reports and Pete Carroll, as did UDFA OT Garry Gilliam.

On Britt, Carroll said:

"He picked everything up, he's very well prepared technique wise. He's got really good footwork, his base is really good, his balance is good for a big man. He moved well off the line of scrimmage, showed good foot quickness. He won't have any trouble learning-it's going to take some time of course-but he won't have any trouble picking stuff up. Really serious mature kid. I think he'll jump right into the competition exactly like we had planned. I think he'll be right there with Michael and they'll be battling it out."

On Gilliam, per Carroll:

"We played him a left tackle, yeah. He's an extraordinary athlete, he was a tight end coming up, moved late in his career at Penn State. He has really good mobility, the left tackle type of quickness. He's over 300 pounds, a big solid well-balanced kid. He did very well, he looked very good at the spot. That's a real plus for us; we need help there, need the competition there."Per numerous reports, Cassius Marsh looked very good rushing the passer.

Cassius Marsh received a lot of praise from both beat writers and Pete Carroll this weekend. Here's what Carroll said of him today:

"First he came in in great shape, he was really flying the whole time; he never showed any signs at all of wearing down. He's a very active, very instinctive football player. He moved around to a couple of different spots to give us some looks. That's pretty exciting, pretty exciting he's so active. The role we talked about, kind of like Michael Bennett, it looks like that might have a chance, but we'll take a lot of time to figure that out. But he looked very good, he was by far the most active guy out there."

Kiero Small turned some heads as well.

Per Carroll:

"He's a fullback. He's a legit fullback, he loves the position, and he has a sense for it and a little chip on his shoulder about it. I'm hoping that he would be a real factor in special teams as well. he's a tough guy and he can catch the ball really well too, so he showed that. The position is not anything that he can't handle; he really is well equipped for it with his background."

Another thing that Carroll said that stood out to me was his description of DT Jimmy Staten, specifically that they sort of see him in the same light as what Tony McDaniel did last year.

Said Carroll:

"He battled through stuff, he's kind of in the ranks a little bit, and he needs to get in a little bit better shape. He lost probably ten pounds from the time that he's got here so obviously he can get in better shape. I think he's going to do a really good job, he's going to be a big guy for us, he played well over 300 pounds and I think he can play real tough inside for us on first and second down plays."

Listen in:

Pete Carroll Rookie Minicamp Press Conference
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with the media following the final day of the Rookie Minicamp about the performances of the drafted rookies.

Kiero Small Rookie Minicamp Press Conference
The Seahawks sixth round fullback from Arkansas talks with the media following the final day of Rookie Minicamp at VMAC.

Eric Pinkins Rookie Minicamp Press Conference
The Seahawks sixth round defensive back from San Diego State talks with the media following the final day of Rookie Minicamp at VMAC.

Jimmy Staten Rookie Minicamp Press Conference
The Seahawks fifth round selection from Middle Tennessee State Jimmy Staten talks with the media following the final day of Rookie Minicamp at VMAC.

Kevin Pierre-Louis Minicamp Press Conference
Kevin Pierre-Louis the Seahawks fourth round selection from Boston College talks with the media following the second day of rookie minicamp.

Kevin Norwood Rookie Minicamp Press Conference
The Seahawks fourth round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft Kevin Norwood from Alabama talks with the media following the second rookie minicamp practice.

Cassius Marsh Rookie Minicamp Press Conference
The Seahawks fourth round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft Cassius Marsh from UCLA talks with the media following the second rookie minicamp practice.

Justin Britt Rookie Minicamp Press Conference
Seahawks offensive tackle and second round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft from Missouri, Justin Britt talks with the media following the first day of rookie minicamp at VMAC.

Keith Price Rookie Minicamp Press Conference
Undrafted free agent and former University of Washington quarter back Keith Price talks with the media as he begins rookie minicamp with the Seahawks.

Pete Carroll Rookie Minicamp Press Conference
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with the media as the Seahawks begin their rookie minicamp with 59 players.

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