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Minicamp Wrap-Up 6/11

11 Jun

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The Seahawks opened up their three day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday afternoon. The Seahawks practiced for two hours outdoors today. Here are some notes coming out of the VMAC today.

The shining star from today’s practice was wide receiver Doug Baldwin. From the highlights of practice, Baldwin was running very crisp routes and his timing with quarterback Russell Wilson was consistently in rhythm. Baldwin made two leaping catches that were very impressive, one coming on a curl route, and the other on a slant route. It will be important for Baldwin to impress during this minicamp. He is currently listed as the fourth wide receiver and although it is relatively unlikely, if Baldwin struggles he might be on the hot seat for a roster spot come training camp.

Today I read that Brady Quinn had a rough practice working with the second string offense. Quinn struggled on deep passes and his receivers did not help him too much, dropping a few passes. The biggest issue for Quinn was his overall accuracy. Some passes were either way ahead or slightly behind the intended receivers. Quinn definitely needs to improve because his job may be in serious jeopardy…

… The biggest piece of off-the-field news directly affects Brady Quinn. After the Buffalo Bills released quarterback Tarvaris Jackson yesterday, it was speculated that the Seahawks could have interest in bringing back their former quarterback to compete with Quinn and backup Russell Wilson. Tonight, those speculations became solid. ESPN’s John Clayton was the first to report that the Seahawks will bring Jackson in for a visit, most likely on Wednesday. Clayton was quoted as saying that he believes there is a “better than 50 percent” chance that the Seahawks will sign Jackson. Jackson has strong support from the locker room and I imagine would be welcomed back into the building with open arms.

I really like the possibility of bringing back Tarvaris Jackson to be our backup quarterback. He has worked with this offense for an entire season and there would be a complete understanding that Jackson is the backup and is not competing to be the starter. Going into the offseason, I expressed my desire for the Seahawks to bring in a backup quarterback will a similar skill set to Russell Wilson and could step in and mirror the offense in the event Wilson gets hurt. Jackson has the athletic ability to mirror the zone-read offensive package we have installed and is a big upgrade to Brady Quinn from an athletic perspective. I hope that by the end of minicamp Tarvaris Jackson is the Seahawks backup quarterback and Brady Quinn will be cut.

The Seahawks will practice for another two hours on Wednesday. I’ll be back on the blog tomorrow night for another minicamp wrap-up report. Thanks for reading!

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OTA Wrap-Up 5/31

1 Jun

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The Seahawks concluded the second week of organized team activities with an outdoor practice on Friday afternoon. The team was pretty loose in this practice session as they welcomed a very special guest to work out with them.

Saturday night is the Kenny Chesney concert at CenturyLink Field. Since e is in town for his concert, Chesney was invited to the VMAC by Coach Carroll to participate in practice on Friday. Chesney sported a sleeveless action green shirt along with Seahawks shorts and helmet. He worked out with the wide receivers which is my focus of today’s practice. The only noteworthy receiver that was not in a helmet and shorts on Friday was Charly Martin. Martin, I would imagine, is still recovering from an injury that put him on injured reserve early in 2012. The receiver who caught my eye on Friday was Sidney Rice. Rice showed good quickness and of the highlights I saw, did not drop a pass. It is great to see Rice healthy and fully participating in OTA’s.

Chesney however stole the show. I was impressed with his route running and ball catching ability. Russell Wilson threw Chesney a beautiful rainbow pass on a streak route. The ball landed perfectly into Chesney’s arms. It was clear Kenny Chesney has some background in the game of football.

One off the field note today. Richard Sherman was revealed at the 50th best player of 2013 on NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2013” countdown last night. Sherman joins Russell Wilson (51st), Earl Thomas (66th), Percy Harvin (90th), and Max Unger (95th) on the list so far. The countdown will pick up where it left off next Thursday. I am expecting Marshawn Lynch to be the only Seahawk yet to be revealed on the list. Perhaps someone else will surprise and make the list during the next episode. If a different player makes the list, my guess is that it will be Russell Okung.

The Seahawks will take the weekend off and will be back to start week three of OTA’s on Monday. Check back Monday night for another OTA wrap-up report!

OTA Wrap-Up 5/29

30 May

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The Seahawks held their second practice of the week indoors on Wednesday at the VMAC. It was the Seahawks 5th total practice of the OTA period. Here are a couple notes from today both on and off the field.

The Seahawks came out of their Wednesday practice completely healthy. One note I found interesting through what I have seen online is that Brady Quinn saw some time with all offensive units today. It will be fun to see how Quinn performs in training camp and in the preseason to see if he truly is a viable option to backup Russell Wilson once the regular season starts.

The off-the-field note worth mentioning today regards tight end Anthony McCoy. As I noted in my wrap-up report yesterday, McCoy was placed on the waived/injured list and would have to clear waivers before being placed on the Seahawks injured reserve list. McCoy cleared waivers today and is now on IR. I think McCoy has potential to be a regular impact player next season and I am glad no team claimed him.

Check back late Friday night for another OTA wrap-up report of the Seahawks last practice of week two!

OTA’s Wrap-Up: Week One

24 May

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The Seahawks finished up their first three full-squad practices of the 2013 offseason this week. Starting this week for the next four weeks the Seahawks will conduct practices throughout the week; the first three weeks being organized team activities and the final week being a mandatory minicamp. Here are some notes and thoughts from the first week of the Seahawks OTA’s.

Every member of the Seahawks was in attendance this week except for one. The one player missing was running back Marshawn Lynch. This OTA period was voluntary and Lynch exercised his right to not show up which is slightly disappointing given the fact that Lynch is one of the cornerstone pieces to our offense. Having said this, the rest of the roster was in attendance which is incredible for a voluntary camp. Coach Carroll also stated in his press conference on Monday that Lynch was present at the VMAC a couple weeks ago and that he looked to be in terrific shape. Carroll stated that Lynch would be working out in his own separate program this week. It is unclear if Lynch will be back in Seattle for next week’s practices.

The star of OTA’s this week was wide receiver Percy Harvin. According to online reports Harvin was able to blow past the Seahawks backup cornerbacks and he made a couple of spectacular catches early on in practice on Monday. The fact that Russell Wilson is throwing to Harvin early on shows a lot about the relationship between the two since Harvin was acquired from Minnesota. I will be keeping my eye on Sidney Rice throughout all of our offseason practices. I am still worried that Rice could be a salary cap casualty and will potentially be cut at the end of the preseason if the younger, cheaper receivers emerge to be deserving of roster spots. I have heard that the younger players especially rookies Chris Harper and Matt Austin looked rusty in these first practices. Nothing much about Rice’s performance in the first week of OTA’s was noted but I will be trying to get a better grasp of his performance in the coming weeks.

On the defensive side of the ball I am excited about how our depth chart will be shaped along the defensive line. Currently, defensive end Cliff Avril is out with a foot injury but he should be available to participate in training camp if not sooner. One of our two defensive tackle spots still seems to be up for grabs. Through our first three practices, I believe this defensive tackle spot is Jesse Williams’ to lose. The Seahawks drafted Williams in the 5th round last month and also have rookie Jordan Hill, Tony McDaniel, and Clinton McDonald rotating in at defensive tackle. I believe the Seahawks would like the open defensive tackle spot to be filled by someone who is a similar build to Alan Branch. Williams seems to be the best option at least to start OTA’s.

Outside linebacker will also be a position I am interested in throughout the offseason. Since the Seahawks did not draft a linebacker this year until the seventh round, this tells me that Coach Carroll and Coach Quinn have tremendous expectations for Malcolm Smith. Smith has been sitting behind Leroy Hill for two seasons and now with Hill gone, Smith is primed to step in smoothly and play right where the defense left off.

Portis Cut

The Seahawks cut quarterback Josh Portis this week after it was reported he was arrested on Cinco de Mayo for DUI. This was apparently the last straw for Coach Carroll and John Schneider. After this news was reported, another incident involving Portis came to light which made this roster cut more understandable. According to Sports Radio KJR, Portis overslept and missed both team busses on the Seahawks trip to Miami in week 12 last season. Portis showed up to the stadium only two hours before kickoff and has had a short leash with Coach Carroll ever since. His DUI arrest was the end of the line and I wouldn’t be surprised if Portis finds himself back in the Canadian Football League in 2013.

Opinion: Bruce Irvin’s Suspension

The news this week of Bruce Irvin’s four-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs cannot go unnoticed. Irvin, as you may well know by now, was suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. It has been reported that Irvin tested positive for Adderall. Irvin is the sixth Seahawk to be suspended for performance enhancing drugs since the start of the 2011 season and the fourth confirmed player of these six to be suspended for the use of Adderall.

Last season Brandon Browner was suspended and Richard Sherman appealed and won his suspension for the use of Adderall. Although it did not affect the Seahawks in the standings, the loss of Browner and the near-loss of Sherman could have been an enormous blow to this team and their hopes to get to the playoffs and even to the super bowl. Every player in the Seahawks locker room should have taken last season’s events as a learning experience. It is absolutely dumbfounding to me how Bruce Irvin could be so stupid to take a drug that was the cause of his teammates suspension last season and just assume he would not get caught. Instead of learning from his teammates mistakes, Irvin rolled the dice hoping he could take the drug and pass the subsequent drug test. Instead his gamble did not pay off and he will miss the first four games of the 2013 season. I put 100 percent of the blame on Irvin. How could you display such poor judgment when you saw firsthand what happens if you get caught? The Seahawks need to get this drug problem fixed because if we keep going down this same road I am afraid it will cost us in the standings sooner rather than later. Get educated. Know the rules. And know the protocol to getting drug use approved if you truly need to take a supplement.

Next week the Seahawks will practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. I will be back with a wrap-up post next weekend on week two of Seahawks OTA’s. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!