Another ridiculously beautiful day at the VMAC. I showed up at the Renton Landing a half-hour early thinking it'd be smooth sailing but I shouldn't have doubted the Twelfth Man. I waited in line for 45 minutes to get on a school bus in the hot sun but it was worth every minute. I got to watch football on a weekday in the hot sun on the shores of a beautiful lake. I honestly have no doubt that the VMAC alone is a big draw for prospective free agents. Who wouldn't want to go to work there every day?
Anyway, on to my notes.
First off, in case the Zach Miller signing didn't tip you off, I'd like to point out that tight ends are going to be featured prominently in the Seahawks offense in 2011. That position group is arguably the deepest on the team with Miller, John Carlson, Cameron Morrah, Anthony McCoy and even the unheralded Dominique Byrd.
Hawkblogger mentioned this in his Training Camp Notes piece, and we were bound to have similar notes because we were watching together for a time, but Josh Pinkard looked pretty impressive to me. He's been playing safety, a move from his normal spot at cornerback. He was moving up into the slot to press and jam receivers, and at one point had a very Bruce Lee-esque palm-punch to the shoulder of rookie WR Doug Baldwin that threw him off his route and disrupted his timing.
Eric Williams posted an interview with Pinkard the other day and the Hawks 2nd year DB indicated he was trying to follow in Jordan Babineaux's footsteps as a do-it-all, versatile defensive back. Thomas put together a great piece on Babineaux recently and pointed out that, last season, Big Play Babs would play corner at times when matched up against big wide receivers, safety at times, and even had a defensive scheme called Nickel Babs (a heavy nickel, 5 DB set) where he played the nickelback. Because it doesn't appear that Babineaux will be back, Pinkard is a player to watch that may be able to fill that role.
He looked good yesterday, playing back and up in the slot, and broke up at least one pass with a nice play where he got himself in position to bat the ball down.
Another player that might fit this role is DB Byron Maxwell. I didn't watch Maxwell specifically all that much yesterday, but he did have a big pass breakup while guarding Kris Durham on a fade, and drew some hoots and hollers from the crowd watching nearby.
Pierre Allen, AJ Schable, and Jameson Konz (no, he wasn't released, that was a bad report by Rotoworld) continued to play at defensive end in the place of Chris Clemons and Red Bryant. Nothing spectacular or noteworthy other than Pierre Allen continues to look the part. I think he's got a real chance to find a spot on the roster this season.
UDFA Offensive Tackle Brent Osbourne, as Eric Williams noted on Monday, was playing defensive tackle again yesterday. Interesting move that I'll try to watch closer on Thursday, but I assume he's acting as a placeholder until Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch, and Junior Siavii can practice.
Ladi Ajiboye was getting a lot of snaps at the DT 3-tech spot as well.
Michael Morgan, an undrafted free agent linebacker, was getting a lot of snaps at the SAM linebacker position. Will be something to watch, as he's a very quick, tall linebacker with some ability to drop back into coverage.
I'll have a little bit more on this later today. Also, I'll be back at in on Thursday; the Seahawks are off today. Follow me on Twitter for live updates from 1:30 to about 4:00pm tomorrow.