Hey, troops. Boling here. I jumped in to help out with the grunt work yesterday at practice and tried to file to the weblog afterward, but couldn't get on. I suspect it was some kind of cookie issue … lost, deleted, tossed … something. I think I've got it figured out now, so better late than whatever.
Froze my keister off out there. They practiced outside again, which stuck me as strange because the game is in the dome. It was in the high 30s or low 40s and danged cold.
Of course, Holmgren was still in his gym shorts. But he had on a big parka over the top of it. I don't get it.
General impressions: Seneca Wallace obviously is stepping in with the first unit as Matt Hasselbeck heals up his ribs, and Seneca looks to be throwing the ball better than ever. I really believe he passes as well as at least a handful of starters in the league right now. You notice he hasn't been seeing any time at receiver for a number of reasons, I'm sure: They're loaded with receivers and Matt's been banged up, and I'm not so sure they are all that convinced that Charlie Frye is a guy who can step in and do great things if they needed him. If Seneca had to play quarterback, however, I think he'd do fine.
Lofa and Trufant both had nice interceptions, and in one drill Logan Payne made a remarkable catch at the corner of the end zone. Not sure it would have counted, but it showed the kind of great hands he had.
If there's a guy on the team that seems (to me, at least) as if he's ready to do big things if he ever gets the chance, it's rookie receiver Courtney Taylor. This guy is big and smooth and runs nice routes and makes catches. There's so many veterans in front of him that it will be hard to find ways to get him on the field much.
It was good to see big Ray Willis out there and running around with the offensive line. I don't know how close he is to threatening to play, but he's at least out there and showing no apparent affects from his knee injury. If Willis can get sound he'll provide some welcomed depth up front, if not challenge for a spot with the first unit. His injury certainly slowed if not stymied that possibility for the time being.
The good story of the locker room was the annual recount of how many rookies swallowed the old free-turkey trick. Josh Wilson felt foolish at the market, but took it well. The Seahawks don't engage in hazing as such, but they kinda mess with rooks a little bit. Wilson's cubicle has been moved over to a spot by himself … the other deebees joked that he had been lowering the "property value" when he had been dressing amongst them.