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Seattle Seahawks Training Camp Report: 8/1/2009

Update 2:23

Farnsworth informs us of a position switch for Patrick Kerney:

Mora said if the defense had to lineup and play a game right now, Redding would be on he left side (backed up by Lawrence Jackson in the rotation), with Kerney on the right side (backed up by Darryl Tapp).

This reflects the abuse Kerney's taken over the years, and, to spin it a less discouraging way, that Redding is now Seattle's most powerful end and better suited to the natural strong side. Strong side is interchangeable of course, but because most quarterbacks are right handed, the right, their visible side, is the preferred position for outlet receivers and the quarterback's hot read.

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Big Red Bryant getting it done:

Bryant sniffed out a screen pass during team drills, and also knocked down a Seneca Wallace pass attempt at the line of scrimmage.

And he owned the offensive line during pass rush drills, making easy work of Max Unger and Cory Withrow. On the Withrow matchup, the new pickup lifted off Bryant’s helmet as he was getting beat, which didn’t sit well with Bryant, although he didn’t retaliate.

It's no mystery I want Bryant to step up in a big way. I considered Bryant the best talent at defensive tackle Seattle could draft in the third round. When Seattle selected him in the fourth, I nearly plotzed. And by plotzed I mean ran around like Matt Renny after spitting out his clozapine. But Bryant has been almost all training camp story and no production to date. He wasn't a world beater at Texas A&M and he was awful during last season's preseason game against Oakland. It was his only preseason game after missing most of training camp because of a knee injury. Bryant stepped up in week 1 and looked good for most of the season -- the season he was healthy for.

A healthy, developed Bryant is everything the most deluded fanboy thinks Colin Cole can be and more. He's huge, physically dominant and quick as sin. Apart from the major storylines, Seattle may not have a greater wildcard than Bryant. The second he starts tapping into this potential is the second Seattle starts having an inside presence that strikes fear into the hearts of opposing offensive coordinators.

Ken Lucas sought redemption:

CB Ken Lucas is much more aggressive in a second practice than you'd expect from an NFL veteran with eight years of experience. He made a strong impression in the morning workout.

I'm not going to postulate what "much more aggressive" entails, but lets hope it means something like "not getting beat by Seattle's Z-string wideout". Barbs aside, it's good to read a veteran knows how to set the tone. Embarrass me once, Lucas says, and I'll up my intensity ten fold.