Back from a day off and in pads for the first time, the Seattle Seahawks went through their third day of training camp on Sunday morning. For the third consecutive day of camp, the morning began with a couple transactions.
Tight end Kayaune Ross, who was signed on Thursday, was waived along with long snapper Tanner Carew. Olympic sprinter/wide receiver Marvin Bracy and receiver Malik Turner were signed to fill out the roster. The two additions bring the wide receiver group to a team high 14 on the roster. These additions come after Saturday’s big news, the multi-year extension for Duane Brown.
The first day of padded practices didn’t bring any (reported) fights or injuries, a positive for a team that’s struggled with keeping the intensity down before the season.
The sidelined players — Clayton Wilson, Dontae Johnson, Dion Jordan and Ed Dickson — remained sidelined on Sunday.
- As the secondary competition continues to shake out, with the safety group being rotated regularly, there was another new pairing on Sunday. Bradley McDougald, a mainstay with the first team regardless of who is next to him, was joined by Delano Hill. Despite Tedric Thompson — who intercepted Russell Wilson on Sunday — being a training camp darling early on, Hill and McDougald are still the best bet to start the season if Earl Thomas remains absent.
- While the players put on pads for the first time, wide receiver Doug Baldwin sat out for what was assumed to be a veteran’s day off. Pete Carroll is yet to hold his press conference at time of publishing, so an update may be yet to come.
- Joining Baldwin on the sideline on Sunday was UDFA DE/LB Jacob Pugh and cornerback Alex Carter, for unknown reasons. Pugh is expected to compete both for pass rushing snaps and in a backup SAM role.
- One of the players who was in pads on Sunday was wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Seattle has spent the first couple days of training camp easing Marshall back from offseason surgery. Joined by 13 (!) players in the receiver room, Marshall has to impress in camp if he is going to be part of the final 53.
Brian Schottenheimer’s Press Conference
- Brian Schottenheimer’s first session with the media opened with a question about his relationship with, and early impression of, Wilson: “It’s been tremendous. I really admire the guy, the way he works, the way he thinks about the game. We’ve really started to figure out what he really loves. That’s been good as I’ve come in and learned a bunch of the stuff, and brought some stuff, it’s been terrific. I coach him hard on the field along with Dave Canales and Will Harriger. It’s going really, really well, but now it’s time to start ramping it up and pushing buttons. I would say it’s off to a great start and it’s getting close for it to be where it needs to be for games.”
- With five running backs having a legitimate shot at the 53-man roster, Schottenheimer was asked what he sees out of the RB competition so far: “Great position competition. Honestly all five guys are playing well right now. We’re trying them in different spots, we know versatility is going to be a big thing for them, that they can do multiple things.”
- Specifically, on C.J. Prosise, a player who has been tantalizing through two seasons: “Obviously C.J. was a guy everyone talked a lot about. These last three practices, the first two for sure, we have got to watch the film today, but the first two practices, (he was) outstanding. Everyone knows how versatile he is. He’s on top of his assignments mentally. Off to a great start this training camp.”
- On veteran Brandon Marshall, and what Schottenheimer is going to need to see out of him in order for the wide receiver to make the roster: “It’s a process. It’s building a little bit in increments each day. He’s working really hard in the classroom. Honestly I bump into him three times a day, because I’m calling the plays and go to move, and he’s right there. So I’m like ‘Can I get a little space?’ He’s really excited about his opportunities here. It’s just him getting ready, him getting his body right, we all know what he’s capable of doing. It’s the process of him getting healthy, feeling great and learning what we do, then building the timing and trust with Russ.”
- Schottenheimer was optimistic when asked about rookie Rashaad Penny: “A good young back. We talked a little about the backs earlier, his skill sets, his run talent, his ability to come out of the backfield is unique for such a big guy. He has scatback qualities along with the ability to run in between the tackles. It’ll be interesting, everyone wants to see him pass protect, but I’ve been blown away by his ability to diagnose the blitz, see where the blitz is coming from and track his guy. It’s been outstanding for a young back, one of the best, if not the best I’ve ever been around. But again now we’re getting into pads, where you have got to show the ability to get into position, find your guy, strike and keep him away from the quarterback. That’s just getting off to a — it’s early.”
- On the read-option and its involvement in the offense: “We’re going to be balanced. Everybody has it, obviously a guy like Russ is good at it. We’re going to attack in different ways. We’re going to get the ball on the perimeter, we’re going to run the ball downhill, we’re going to throw the ball vertically, we’re going to use play action. It’s one element of your attack. He’s really good at it and so it’s certainly going to be something that we have.”
- Finally, asked about sophomore David Moore, there was more praise: “Really excited about David. A guy that works extremely hard, love his size, speed combination. I forget how many of these guys are young players because it’s my first year, you forget these guys were rookies the year before. Another guy who had a really good spring, some ups and downs, but the first two practices leading in to today were terrific. And you see the quarterbacks trusting him. When he’s one-on-one, they’re taking the shot and he’s making those plays, which in their mind even more, subconsciously they think ‘Wow, this is a guy I can go to when he’s one-on-one.’”
The Seahawks are back at training camp tomorrow at 10:15 AM, as camp rolls into its second week.