After a lead up period consisting of light on-field work, the Seahawks began padded practices on Monday, the first of 11 during training camp. Before Seattle practiced on Monday, Pete Carroll met with reporters and provided several interesting bits of information. Let’s round up everything we learned from that conference call and the Seahawks’ practice.
Poona Ford and Jarran Reed’s health status continues to be encouraging, after both sat out on Sunday.
Pete Carroll said the injuries that kept DTs Jarran Reed and Poona Ford out of yesterday's practice don't appear to be serious. Both are in today's walk-through. So sounds like the Seahawks dodged a bullet at a position where they're already quite thin.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) August 17, 2020
Incumbent starter Mike Iupati remains with the first-team but will be pushed by Phil Haynes and Jordan Simmons.
Carroll: Competition is on but Iupati's taking all the first snaps but he has some competition with Haynes and Simmons #Seahawks— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) August 17, 2020
In the middle, meanwhile, newcomer B.J. Finney will be competing with Ethan Pocic—who got first-team reps last week—and Kyle Fuller.
Carroll: Pocic, Finney and Fuller will all rotate in at center during camp #Seahawks— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) August 17, 2020
Pocic, who has experience all across the line, will finally be settled in at center.
Carroll praising Ethan Pocic and says he will be used solely at center in camp right now.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 17, 2020
Carroll spoke positively about second-year defensive tackle Bryan Mone. The former UDFA currently projects as Ford’s backup at 1-tech.
Carroll: I'm really excited about Bryan Mone. He played exceptional in the plays he had last year. Had two highlight plays in the pre-practice video we showed today. Down to 340 lbs from 350 when he came to us. Definitely in the rotation behind Ford/Reed #Seahawks— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) August 17, 2020
In Quinton Dunbar’s introductory conference call, he expressed confidence in picking up the kick-step technique because of his time working with Marquand Manuel. Carroll echoed that on Monday.
Carroll: Quinton Dunbar worked out with Marquand Manuel - so Dunbar is familiar with what we're talking about technically. Should be a quick transition for him. #Seahawks— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) August 17, 2020
Dunbar will be eased into things, however, and have his practice time limited over the next week.
Carroll says Quinton Dunbar will be eased in and likely won't practice much for week or so.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 17, 2020
Though John Schneider mentioned a move to SAM as a possibility for K.J. Wright after the draft, no position switch is imminent despite Jordyn Brooks’ looming presence.
Carroll: KJ is capable of playing strong side. He can do that if we need it. But right now there are no changes going on. #Seahawks— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) August 17, 2020
Chris Carson missed the start of on-field work last week due to a family matter. Now back with the team, Carson’s recovery from a season-ending hip injury is of no concern.
Carroll confirms that RB Chris Carson is ready to go and fully healthy: "He's in tip-top shape."— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) August 17, 2020
Missed the first few practices tending to a family matter.
Brandon Shell, the presumptive starter at right tackle, drew praise from Carroll.
Carroll on new Seahawks RT Brandon Shell: "There hasn't been a thing about him that hasn't looked good ... He's really consistent. And he's physical enough to be dominant."— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) August 17, 2020
There were injury updates on David Moore, who missed Sunday’s practice, as well as rookie Freddie Swain.
Carroll: Moore turned ankle - not serious, another day or so— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) August 17, 2020
Swain - groin thing, will be quiet a couple days after a really great start, good first impression. #Seahawks
As Carroll said before practice, Dunbar is still being eased in while Tre Flowers remains with the starters.
Quinton Dunbar in pads but will be eased in. Tre Flowers running with starters still. pic.twitter.com/sWw8zQjrnb— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 17, 2020
The good news around Reed continued, as Seattle’s starting defensive tackle was back on the field for practice.
Jarran Reed already back in practice after being held out yesterday. #Seahawks— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) August 17, 2020
A couple news player sat out Monday, including Haynes and Brooks. Moore, who missed Sunday’s session, returned for the team.
Jordyn Brooks isn’t taking part in practice today. Poona Ford, Phil Haynes and Freddie Swain also sitting out. David Moore is back after missing yesterday’s practice.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) August 17, 2020
Finney was tended to by the trainers for a brief moment, before returning to practice.
BJ Finney missed a few plays as he had a hand looked at. But he’s back on field.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 17, 2020
With Haynes out on Monday, Jamarco Jones received reps at left guard behind Iupati.
Jamarco Jones getting a lot of work at left guard today with Phil Haynes out.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 17, 2020