A few quick thoughts after watching the Seattle Seahawks hold a scrimmage Sunday at Husky Stadium:
Receivers Deon Butler, Golden Tate and Mike Williams continued to impress. It’s clear the new coaching staff isn’t playing favorites based on veterans’ reputations. Butler’s leaping grab from Charlie Whitehurst was the play of the scrimmage. Williams proved tough to stop in the red zone. Tate caught the ball effortlessly and in stride. This is about the time when camp legs and the exhibition season conspire to make life tougher for young receivers. So far, though, these guys have exceeded reasonable expectations.
Rookie reciever Golden Tate has been making some impressive plays.
Tate clearly has confidence. He made a high-risk sliding grab as a punt returner on a ball that seemingly could have gotten away from him. He made the play, though.
Matt Hasselbeck rested a sore hamstring, giving Whitehurst and J.P. Losman extra opportunities. Whitehurst threw some accurate passes. While he weighs 225 pounds, he appears skinny by NFL standards. He took off running at one point and appeared vulnerable (perhaps I’ve seen too many Patrick Willis/Adrian Wilson hits on Hasselbeck and other quarterbacks). I asked Whitehurst about his weight and he said he wasn’t as comfortable previously when he weighed 235. Hasselbeck was also lanky during his early years in Seattle. He wound up putting on good weight and it helped his durability for a few years.
Rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond looks far better than I would have expected given the severity of the knee injury he suffered at Oregon. Thurmond is quite physical, too. He broke up a deep pass to Williams on one play. On the down side, Thurmond muffed a punt.
Punter Jon Ryan was getting the work on kickoffs. It made me wonder whether the team would consider consolidating the roles. It’s unlikely, but the new leadership in Seattle hasn’t been afraid to defy convention.
Tight ends Cameron Morrah and Anthony McCoy dropped what should have been routine receptions. Starter John Carlson sat out to rest a sore oblique.
The Seahawks are finished with the two-a-day portion of training cam
p. They were off Wednesday of last week and they do not practice Monday, either. The Seahawks don’t have the depth to weather injuries. They’re being careful, it appears. Lofa Tatupu and Aaron Curry were also among those sitting out the scrimmage.
Rookie Russell Okung played extensively and seemed to fare well in pass
protection. He stood more upright on passing downs than a tackle generally would. The St. Louis Rams’ Jason Smith was similar that way at times
during his rookie season.
Center Chris Spencer limped off the field late in practice after getting hit below the knee. The injury was not considered serious, Carroll said.