The Seahawks kicked off Day 1 of training camp this afternoon — dubbed “Season Ticket Holder Day” — and twitter reacted. Here are some highlights and other noteworthy moments from Seattle’s first camp with spectators in two years.
The VMAC is Back!
The usual sights, sounds and smells of Seahawks training camp are back at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center: fans, the BlueThunder Drumline, apparel and food stands. The team hits the field for its first practice at 1:30. pic.twitter.com/XHXmOnUAvG— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) July 28, 2021
Updates on Jamal Adams, Duane Brown
Pete Carroll says he hopes a deal is done soon with Jamal Adams. pic.twitter.com/xbkaQ7eWQL— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 28, 2021
Jamal Adams is dealing with shoulder and finger recovery so although he is dealing with a contract negotiation he wouldn’t be practicing anyway, Pete Carroll says— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) July 28, 2021
Jamal Adams is not fully practicing while he recovers from surgery, but is working with the team, according to Carroll. Regarding Duane Brown, who also was out today, Carroll said he has “a long haul” but is in “great shape.” Per Corbin Smith, his absence is not injury related.
As for Duane Brown, Carroll wasn't going to discuss any possible extension talks with veteran tackle, but said he "just didn't go today." Not injury or holdout related. He'll be 36 soon and it's July 28, so not a big deal.— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) July 28, 2021
Familiar faces and first appearances
The last remaining member of the Super Bowl defense. pic.twitter.com/3pneICw09U— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 28, 2021
Your first look at Aldon Smith in a Seahawks uniform. Here he is going through D-line drills and getting some instruction from defensive assistant Aaron Curry. pic.twitter.com/IQk9nAftOx— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) July 28, 2021
Robert Nkemdiche feeding off the 12s energy. pic.twitter.com/E3b91Uddz6— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) July 28, 2021
Rashaad Penny back in action with helmet after missing OTAs. pic.twitter.com/Q7aZfg4PMi— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) July 28, 2021
We got to see the first appearances for some new Hawks — like Aldon Smith and Robert Nkemdiche — while also seeing a welcome return for perennial All-Pro Bobby Wagner, 2020’s second half star Carlos Dunlap, and rehabbing former first rounder Rashaad Penny.
Early reports on Shane Waldron’s offense
Also more backs lined up out wide in passing game, per Carson. He seems genuinely excited about Waldron's system. https://t.co/49yqJH0QrB— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) July 28, 2021
Chris Carson is liking what he is seeing from Waldron so far, and from the sounds of it, fans who’ve been hoping to see something different on the offensive side of the ball will be too.
All aboard the DeeJay Dallas hype train
DeeJay Dallas shot out of a rocket and scores a long rushing touchdown. Looked explosive after cutting in space at second level.— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) July 28, 2021
Of course, it wouldn’t be training camp without overly investing emotional capital in preseason all-stars. DeeJay Dallas for OPOY in 2021.
Injury watch and non-participants
Ethan Pocic was a non-participant today. Carroll later clarified this, per Bob Condotta.
Carroll also said Ethan Pocic was out today due to a hamstring issue. Said not severe enough to have to go on PUP.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 28, 2021
As John Gilbert reported earlier today, Travis Homer and D’Wayne Eskridge were placed on the PUP-list to start camp. Carroll was optimistic about the outlook for Eskridge, per Bob Condotta. Corbin Smith elaborated on the origin and severity of the injury.
Carroll says he hopes Eskridge is back soon n a week or two.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 28, 2021
D'Wayne Eskridge "feeling good" according to Pete Carroll, but team is being cautious with toe injury suffered during a weight lifting workout in OTAs.— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) July 28, 2021
PUP list allows them to give him a few more days before getting him back onto the field.
On how vaccinations are going
Pete Carroll says #Seahawks have 90 of 91 players who have been vaccinated with at least one shot. Praises they are doing it for all the right reasons.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) July 28, 2021
The one who is not going to be vaccinated is not for “very personal, family” reasons. @thenewstribune pic.twitter.com/4bCjZ4Qne7
Pete Carroll sprinting and a word from Quandre Diggs
In the foreground is Dee Eskridge, sitting out while on PUP. In the background is 69-year-old Pete Carroll running like he’s tryna make the squad on special teams. pic.twitter.com/XWJZ2f9ZPp— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) July 28, 2021
Pete Carroll still brings the energy every day. And we will close with a very special greeting from Quandre Diggs for all the 12s.