For the final time before padded practices begin on Monday, the Seattle Seahawks had a light on-field practice Sunday in helmets and shells. Though information is more limited this year, there’s still bits and pieces that will help to shape ideas surrounding the team ahead of the 2020 season. Here’s what we learned on Sunday, including a brief media session from Marquise Blair prior to practice.
Blair told reporters that his reps at nickel to begin camp are the first he’s ever taken at the position.
Marquise Blair meeting media via Zoom today. Says snaps at nickel he’s gotten so far in camp are first he’s ever taken at nickel. pic.twitter.com/wJJzRuTy0B— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 16, 2020
Despite that, Blair spoke confidently of his ability to play in the slot.
Marquise Blair said he's had no experience at nickel back before here now in training camp. Noted the biggest difference is a greater focus on the passing game but feels like he can cover.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) August 16, 2020
"I can cover whoever, I feel like. I'm confident in my man-to-man coverage."
Quinton Dunbar took to the field for the first time as a member of the Seahawks.
Quinton Dunbar is indeed here and in uniform for what will be his first practice with the Seahawks. pic.twitter.com/72tdVHhWus— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) August 16, 2020
After missing the first few days of on-field work due to a personal matter, Chris Carson was back in Seattle and with the team on Sunday.
Seahawks running back Chris Carson is at practice today. Missed the first few days of practice tending to a personal matter back home in the Atlanta area.— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) August 16, 2020
The Seahawks’ two starting defensive tackles, Jarran Reed and Poona Ford, sat out on Sunday. Both suffered injuries on Friday, with Reed exiting practice because of it and Ford finishing the day.
Jarran Reed and Poona Ford both appear to be sitting out today’s practice after their apparent injuries in Friday’s practice.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) August 16, 2020
Unsurprisingly, Dunbar received special attention from Pete Carroll, as the team attempts to get their new cornerback up to speed.
Quinton Dunbar getting some instruction from Pete Carroll. This is Dunbar’s first on-field work with the Seahawks since they acquired him in March. pic.twitter.com/2BQ8uCOtFK— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) August 16, 2020
K.J. Wright, who sat out on Friday, was back on Sunday and running with the first team defense again.
KJ Wright with first team defense at WLB in early drills today. Brooks got a lot of reps there Friday with Carroll saying Wright will be taken care of in camp after shoulder surgery.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 16, 2020
In 7-on-7s, however, it was again Jordyn Brooks getting snaps with the first unit.
Brooks getting the snaps at first team WLB as team switches to 7 on 7 drill— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 16, 2020
With Duane Brown getting some rest, it was Cedric Ogbuehi in at left tackle with the starters.
Not seeing Duane Brown who has been getting some time off during practices. Ogbuehi in his place at LT.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 16, 2020
David Moore was also sitting out on Sunday, for unknown reasons.
Another player I haven't seen today is receiver David Moore.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 16, 2020
In Moore’s place was sophomore Cody Thompson, who earned positive reviews during the short on-field work last week, as well.
An under-the-radar Seahawk to keep an eye on this month is Cody Thompson (6-2/205), a second-year receiver from Toledo. He’s been hard to miss over the first week of camp and had another handful of catches today as he seemed to get a lot of work with David Moore not practicing.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) August 16, 2020
Seattle also worked out a free agent on Sunday, bringing in defensive tackle P.J. Johnson for a visit. With Reed and Ford carrying injuries, an addition at the position would be logical. Cedrick Lattimore, Bryan Mone, and Demarcus Christmas are the other defensive tackles currently on the roster.
Seahawks worked out P.J. Johnson— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 16, 2020