Save The Date: Seahawks vs. Cardinals
The Countdown Is On – Game 1 Is In 42 Days – September 9th, 2012
1:25PM PT - University of Phoenix Stadium
2000 plus, young and old, gathered on the hill above the outdoor practice field at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, to watch their beloved Seattle Seahawks go through basic drills.
Any NFL observer who questions the 12th Man’s identity as the greatest fans in all of sports, needs to re-read that first line.
Amongst those watching, was Tony Ventralla from Sseahawks.com, who brought myself, as well as hundreds others not lucky enough to attend in person, a field pass to the players and coaches.
If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, here are some thoughts I had during today’s session.
Offensive lineman Deuce Lutui looked big. I mean, maybe-he-likes-his-vegan-diet-to-much, big. It’s only day two so I’m not concerned, nor should you be, but it is an eyebrow raiser, considering he could compete for the starting right guard spot if John Moffitt isn’t ready to go by week one.
Matt McCoy was running down punts during drills, and looked comfortable doing so.
He wasn’t placed on the PUP to start training camp, which is great coming off an ACL injury he suffered when a teammate rolled into his knee (thanks, Aaron Curry).
He had a brace on the knee, but he should be ready to return to his special team and nickel role come September.
Red Bryant was doing defensive lineman drills in a 9-tech stance, which I’m sure isn’t out of the ordinary but was good to see him working on a traditional technique if he wants to help the pass rush this season.
Brandon Browner was doing great work in the receiver-defensive back drills, and continued to swat down a ton of balls. The one play that really impressed me, Phil Bates beat him on an in-route and had a step or two on him, and Browner just stuck his arm out as the ball was coming in and made the play.
Pete Carroll is onto something with these tall corners!
In a very deep and open wide receiver competition, Deon Butler continues to catch my attention, but only by not catching balls thrown his way. He had a couple drops, as well as a few balls thrown his way he didn’t manage to bring in.
The more I watch, the more I begin to think Phil Bates is really going to make an impact on this year’s team. Besides Doug Baldwin, nobody impressed me more than Bates.
Matt Flynn was near perfect on short and medium routes, throwing the ball in stride for the receiver. He missed badly on three straight deep balls, and the streak was only broken by an awesome diving grab by Doug Baldwin.
It’s day two of training camp and Baldwin still competes like it’s day one of last season, when he didn’t have a job.
Got to love it.
Russell Wilson threw a few very well placed balls deep, albeit without an offensive line in front of him. He only missed on one or two passes during the drill.
What They’re Saying
Tarvaris Jackson spoke to the media after Sunday’s practice, and I pulled a couple noteworthy things:
On his competition: “Flynn, you can tell he knows the system and Russell for a rookie he has got a good grasp on things”.
On Sidney Rice: “Sidney can make the offense take off if he’s healthy, I’ve been around him 6 years now, and he can be a pro-bowl receiver and I think he will be”.
Golden Tate also spoke with the media, after a day where he made a few very impressive catches, trying to solidify himself across from Rice.
“Pressure is on me to run with the one’s and do stuff right, so I’m trying to respond the right way and show the organization I’m reliable and I’m ready to play this year”