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Seahawks Training Camp 2018: News and notes from day five

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The Seattle Seahawks are now over a third of the way through this year’s training camp, following the conclusion of Tuesday’s practice.

Tuesday’s session didn’t begin with any roster moves, despite yesterday’s reported interest in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. It was confirmed on Monday afternoon that Lorenzo Jerome, a safety/cornerback, had been added to the roster to replace the retired Joshua Perry.

For the second consecutive day, the Seahawks had a fair number of players sit out with undisclosed issues. The four players on the PUP expected to be a part of the team during the preseason — Clayton Wilson, Ed Dickson, Dontae Johnson and Dion Jordan — remain out. We’ll start Tuesday’s practice notes with the other players who sat out.

Practice Notes

  • For the third consecutive practice, Doug Baldwin sat out with what was thought to be a leg injury. GM John Schneider appeared on NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp on Tuesday morning, clarifying Baldwin’s issue as a knee injury. Pete Carroll elaborated following practice, saying it will be a couple weeks.
  • Joining Baldwin on the sidelines were receivers David Moore and Caleb Scott for the second consecutive day, as well as Brandon Marshall, who had spent the previous two days getting light work in.
  • Fullbacks Khalid Hill and Jalston Fowler were also part of the group sitting out on Tuesday. For Fowler, it was the second consecutive day of practice he’s missed, while Hill was hurt during Monday’s practice. Just Tre Madden remains healthy among Seattle’s three fullbacks.
  • Finally, on defense, Marcus Smith and UDFA LB Warren Long both sat out with undisclosed injuries.
  • Smith’s absence, combined with Frank Clark and Jordan’s extended absences, led to some juggling on the defensive line. Rookie Rasheem Green got his first work with the first team, with Branden Jackson joining him on the other side. However, once practice reached the scrimmaging session, it was Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin rushing off the edge. Both players are expected to play in the SAM linebacker role, which will see them play off-ball in base and rush off the edge in passing situations.
  • For the second consecutive day, Rees Odhiambo and George Fant were able to practice as they return from season-ending injuries in 2017. Fant remained at left tackle, while Odhiambo stayed at left guard.
  • Staying along the offensive line, Germain Ifedi was back at his right tackle spot with the first team on Tuesday, with D.J. Fluker coming back in at right guard. As of now, it appears the team’s starting five remains Duane Brown-Ethan Pocic-Justin Britt-Fluker-Ifedi.
  • Finally, in the secondary, Bradley McDougald remained a starter, with veteran Maurice Alexander coming in at strong safety. After easing Alexander in to begin camp, it appears as though he’s 100-percent.

Ken Norton Jr’s Press Conference

  • Asked what Shaquem Griffin is best at, Norton didn’t settle on just one trait at first: “A lot of things. I think his biggest strength, as everyone knows, is his speed. He’s really, really fast. And he has a great combination with that speed, his mind. He really thinks well and knows ball. So it’s been a joy to coach him because he has this combination of speed, he loves ball and he understands what his fronts are.”
  • It was followed shortly on whether Griffin has been, or will, rush the passer: “He’s been playing behind the ball, at WILL linebacker. Fantastic, anytime you turn on the film out here at practice, you can’t help but see him flying around the field. He had an interception against Russell Wilson yesterday, which was really exciting to see, because he grew from the offseason plays. He’s just getting better every day, there’s nothing to hold him back and we’re excited that he’s on our team.”
  • Norton was then asked about two other linebackers, Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin, and their roles: “Well it depends on the down. If it’s a run down, they’ll be playing run defense, and if it’s a pass down, they’ll be rushing the passer. They have the combination to be really strong on edge setting, on run plays, and when it’s time to get after the quarterback, those are the guys we’re developing to be our top rushers.”
  • On what he’s seen out of Mingo specifically: “So far we’re very happy with him. He’s a guy from day one he’s done well, every time he’s on the field you see the development. The questions that he asks on day one to now, and watching the film, so we like the development and we’re very happy with him.”
  • Asked whether the safety roles change without Earl Thomas: “No, they have to defend the deep ball and come up and make plays. Safety play is safety play. Earl is a special, special player. At the same time, the guys that are here are working really hard, competing, and they have the opportunity to show what they can do.” Norton was then asked to clarify whether the scheme will change without Thomas, and Norton said no.
  • Finally, on Tre Flowers’ development: “Terrific. Long, fast, smart, guy’s really humble. He learns in an instant, he takes everything we teach him in the classroom and brings it right out to the practice. Makes mistakes, learns from mistakes and he never makes the same mistake twice. He’s a guy who makes new mistakes and learns really fast. There’s no limit to how good he can be.”

Pete Carroll’s Press Conference

The two big talking points to come out Carroll’s press conference on Tuesday were the injury updates for Baldwin, Thomas and Jordan. Let’s hit on some lesser talked about points here:

  • Starting with the importance of Duane Brown, following his contract extension: “We didn’t know at the time how special he was, we just didn’t know the guy well enough. We liked his play, we knew some stuff, we had done our homework. But then when you get him into the locker room with your guys, he’s an amazing player, an amazing leader, he’s in unbelievable shape, his strength, he is powerful, he’s got everything going for him. The fact that he comes to us and now that he’s been with us long enough that he can assert himself as a leader, he’s going to be a big factor for us. So it’s a very, very positive move and we’re excited about having him.”
  • On the running back group as a whole: “C.J.’s never been in this kind of shape. We’ve never seen Chris in better shape. We’re learning about Rashaad right now. McKissic is ridiculously fit and he plays so hard every single day. It’s a very, very good group.”
  • That question was followed by a question on Prosise specifically: “I’m so fired up for him. He’s always been such a terrific potential guy, and he just hasn’t been able to stay healthy. The conditioning, the work he had to do to get the way he is, tells the whole story. He’s ready to go and ready to battle for us.” Then following up on whether his body is different: “He’s leaner, stronger. He just is more fit, which just screams of how hard he worked and how important this is to him. Couldn’t send a better message, he’s doing everything right on point.”
  • Finally, on the defensive line rotation: “We’re mixing a lot of guys and moving a lot of guys around. Really good to get Shamar (Stephen) out there. He’s going to be an impact player. Big dude who plays strong. Nothing is settled at this point, it’s too soon, but we have seen we have flexibility to move guys in, and out, and around, and that’s a really positive thing for us. We would like to keep guys numbers at a level where they can really play with great intensity. That’s always the way we’ve liked to do it, sometimes we’ve had that luxury, and this time it looks like we’re going to be able to do that. That’s right into the mentality we’re trying to preach on defense and what we want to get done, so we’re excited about that.”

The Seahawks have Wednesday off, before returning to practice on Thursday at 10:15 AM, one week out from their first preseason game of the 2018 season.