This morning the Seahawks concluded their mandatory minicamp under partly cloudy skies. Here are some brief notes from today’s practice.
For the first time this offseason, defensive end Cliff Avril participated in team drills. Avril took about a dozen snaps with the first team defense and looked very good according to Coach Carroll. It was assumed that Avril would miss all of OTA’s and minicamp but would be back in time for training camp. His participation today tells me that his recovery is slightly ahead of schedule and his foot should not be a setback when the Seahawks open training camp next month.
Russell Wilson gave the Seahawks performance during this minicamp an A, however he stated that the team still has a bit of work to do in order to achieve an A+. The Seahawks and Wilson concluded practice today with a 4th quarter drill. They worked through a 15 minute mini-scrimmage which was a lot of fun to end camp with.
The Seahawks have not officially signed QB Tarvaris Jackson yet. Coach Carroll stated that he hopes something can be finalized very soon. Carroll also implied that Jackson would compete with Brady Quinn for the Seahawks backup quarterback job in training camp, so don’t expect to see Quinn released just yet. I still believe Jackson has the advantage to win the backup quarterback competition.
The Seahawks will have about a five and a half week break before the start of training camp. Tentatively, the Seahawks will report to training camp and take physicals on July 25th and the first on-the-field practice of training camp will be on July 26th. The Seahawks first preseason game of the 2013 season will be on Thursday, August 8th against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego.
I will hop back on the blog if anything significant happens during the next few weeks so stay tuned! Thanks once again for reading. Go Seahawks!