For the second straight day, the Seattle Seahawks practiced football in beautiful sunshine on the shores of Lake Washington. Football is back, training camp is well underway, and in true Seahawks fashion, competition is on.
As is as a common occurrence throughout training camp, the day began with the announcement of a couple roster moves. Seattle brought back cornerback Trovon Reed for the fourth time, while tight end Kyle Carter was claimed off waivers from the New York Giants. Both practiced with the team on Friday.
The Seahawks made it through the second day of practice without any further injuries, however the four players expected to be involved if preseason remain out: Clayton Wilson, Dontae Johnson, Ed Dickson and Dion Jordan.
- In his first press conference on Thursday, Carroll repeatedly and excitedly preached the competition taking place in the secondary. The starting cornerbacks remained the same for the second straight day, with Shaquill Griffin and Byron Maxwell on the left and right side.
- However, there was some movement at safety, with different reports. The News Tribune’s Gregg Bell first reported Bradley McDougald slid over to free safety on the second day, with Delano Hill coming in at strong safety with the starting group. The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta later observed it was Maurice Alexander, not Hill, at strong safety alongside McDougald.
- For the second straight day, Mike Tyson was working with the safeties, not the cornerbacks. The big-bodied defender spent last season between the practice squad and the active roster as a cornerback, as the team attempted their latest conversion project. At least early in camp, it seems as though that has been abandoned.
- Everybody’s favorite seventh round pick,
Alex McGoughChris Carson, again was the first team running back on Friday. Carson and Penny provide the Seahawks with flexibility on early downs, and it will be interesting to see how soon they begin to rotate their running backs with Penny getting work with the first team. After practice, Carson drew more praise from Carroll.
- Finally, with their edge rushers hobbled — both Frank Clark and Jordan aren’t practicing to begin camp — the first team EDGEs were Barkevious Mingo and Marcus Smith. Mingo is the expected starter at SAM linebacker, while Smith played the majority of his snaps at defensive end last year, before working at linebacker in offseason workouts. With a shallow group of defensive ends this year, Seattle should expect to get meaningful pass rush snaps from Mingo and Smith, as well as Jacob Martin and Jacob Pugh.
Pete Carroll’s Press Conference
- Asked about the new look defensive line, Carroll spoke about the renewed depth, particularly inside: “They realize it’s their chance to have to takeover. and they have done everything they can to put the best foot forward and make sure they get that done. We made a couple really nice acquisitions with Tom and Shamar, it’s a very competitive group. It looks like it’s going to be a group that’s a great rotation for us. They’re feeling the opportunity, it’s accelerated all of their work throughout the offseason and you can feel it in camp too.”
- Asked about the challenge of getting a new secondary cohesive, Carroll refuted the idea it was more challenging than other years: “It’s the same challenge as it always is. Every year you start it again, sometimes there’s more carryover than others but it’s always going back to work, and it’s the work that sets the whole thing in motion. These guys are doing it from the moment we started in the offseason, they were separated and showed they were going to stay late, stay longer, work a little more and do stuff together to build their own mentality, which is exactly how it’s happened in the past. We just have to see it through. It’s really fun to watch and we have great kids in that group, I have no problem counting on the leadership in that group.”
- On whether the attitude in training camp was different, with so many type-A personalities gone, Carroll spoke about the positivity of the group before answering the question directly, saying: “There is a shift that took place. It took place months ago and we’re well beyond that right now.”
- Again asked about Tedric Thompson, the training camp darling through two days, there was more optimism: “He’s a real natural player, he’s really smart, he’s got a great work ethic. He was one of the most productive guys in college football in plays on the ball coming out. We’ve seen that all along, right from when he first got here. He had to learn the system and get caught up which he has done. He’s 208 pounds right now, same weight as guys we’ve had play there in the past, he’s real fast. It’s all of that that gives him the chance to separate. He’s got everything you’re looking for, so let’s see how it goes.”
- On the greater emphasis on man blocking under Mike Solari and the impact it will have on Germain Ifedi, Carroll was direct: “It’s an opportunity for Germain to start fresh, and all of our guys. A new look, a new language, different expectations, style of play, all of those things gives guys a chance to see what they’re going to do with it. It’s going to make every one of those guys better. All of that background of the zone emphasis we had, connected with more of the man stuff, it just makes them better. Germain has been one of those guys. He’s got a lot of potential, has had a lot of plays already in two years. They look like they’re getting along great and it’s going well and he’s learning.”
- Then followed up with what Ifedi has to do about penalties: “We need his game to get cleaned up, we can’t let him be a liability because of penalties. He knows that, he’s heard that, he doesn’t want it to be part of his game at all. And so I think it’ll come as he grows more confident and more at peace with what’s asked of him, what he’s doing and so he’ll be able to focus in a way that will allow him to play with the cadence, with the line of scrimmage stuff. It’s a big point of emphasis.”
- On what Carroll has seen out of Jaron Brown, and as a fit with Paul Richardson gone: “Jaron is a guy in that style, he’s long, and lanky, and real fast. He’s physical, done a real good job on special teams coming in, so he’s an all around ball player who will play tough, and block, and go over the middle and take the hits, and deliver the hits. He feels like a pro to us, he knows what he’s doing, he’s comfortable picking up the scheme and he’s a really disciplined route runner. He’s already connected with Russ, already developing a relationship and that is necessary for throwers and catchers. He looks like he’s going to be a nice addition in a lot of ways.”
- Finally, a strange moment when Carroll seemed to stumble around saying Richard Sherman’s name directly:
Bit of a strange moment in Pete Carroll's press conference today. Asked about similarities between the new look secondary and the old group, Carroll makes an obvious comparison between Shaquill Griffin and Richard Sherman, while stumbling around using Sherman's name: pic.twitter.com/ynS1Yowc23— Alistair Corp (@alistaircorp) July 27, 2018
Russell Wilson’s Press Conference
- Wilson opened his press conference by talking about the feeling around training camp this year, and the similarities to his rookie year:
For the "Seahawks are turning back the clocks to 2012" crowd, Russell Wilson is with you: pic.twitter.com/32O5saMgSu— Alistair Corp (@alistaircorp) July 27, 2018
- Asked about what it means to know his blindside is protected with Brown, Wilson answered with excitement: “He’s a lock down left tackle for sure. It helps a big difference. His presence, his leadership, his confidence, he’s as good as it gets. He’s a Virginia guy too. I just think it makes a big difference. Our offensive line, those guys have taken on the challenge all offseason. I think coach Mike Solari is a tremendous football coach. The meetings we’re having, the communication we’re having is as good as it gets. It’s exciting times. Like I said you take it one day at a time, but Duane Brown is a big, big part of that, how he’s playing and how he’s making a difference. He’s so in shape, he can run so well, and he’s so strong, he’s mentally tough, he’s a great communicator, a great leader. That’s crucial.”
- On one of the team’s new additions at wide receiver, Marcus Johnson: “He’s a special player. He’s worked hard, stayed late, gets here super early, he’s dedicated. We talked all offseason. He makes a lot of plays. Marcus Johnson looks really good so far. He had a great day today. The first day he didn’t get many balls, just because of the way practice was, he got some. Today he showed up in a big, big way, made some crucial plays down the field. He’s so fast, so aggressive to the football. Championship player, too.”
- Wilson was asked what it’s been like not having Earl Thomas out there for the start of camp: “I’ve been around Earl this offseason, trained with him a few times. Part of it is, business is business for certain guys. I don’t want to get into the details of his situation necessarily, I do miss my brother. He’s a Hall of Fame safety, a guy who has a crazy special talent you can only find once in a blue moon, and so you miss him out here. I know he’s training like crazy though and hopefully he’ll come back tomorrow, hopefully he’ll come back down the road, someday soon. Earl, if you’re listening right now, it would be great if you could come back because you can help us win in a big way.”
- On another new addition at receiver and someone who drew praise from Carroll just before Wilson’s press conference: “J Brown has done a great job. Coming from Arizona they throw the ball a lot, he made a lot of crucial plays. I think he had 800 plus yards and several touchdowns. He’s special. You know what JB has, he’s got a great poise to him. He never panics. I love that about him so far. He’s got a quiet confidence, but a ferociousness when he plays, you can tell. He gets great separation, got a big play mentality. He’s great with the ball after the catch, he can do some big things for us.”
After two days of camp, the Seahawks have Saturday off, before returning on Sunday at 10:15 AM.