This is the last real practice at the facility in Kirkland before the team moves to Renton on Monday. They have one more practice this afternoon and then a substitution practice tomorrow morning, and then they are out of here.
There were a bunch of people back at this practice, including Patrick Kerney, Matt Hasselbeck, Leonard Weaver, Sean Locklear and Josh Wilson, who never really left but had a scare yesterday. Hasselbeck's participation was limited, and he is not likely to play this weekend, but Mike Holmgren said it is nothing to be concerned about. Kerney will not play this weekend but said he hopes to be suited up on Monday morning and wants to play the final two preseason games.
Hasselbeck's dad, Don, attended the practice.
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During special teams drills, rookie Brandon Coutu got an earful for kicking a kickoff out of bounds. Coutu did not have a good day. During field goals, he failed to get one above the crossbar, and he missed on another. Mare may have missed one, though it was tough to tell from our angle.
During 11-on-11 drills, Nate Burleson beat Kelly Jennings deep but dropped the pass. That was the only time I saw a WR beat the secondary deep. It made me wonder if the defensive backs know the plays so well that they aren't going to let anybody get behind them, or the Seahawks have a dearth of wideouts who can stretch the defense. I guess we'll find out soon enough.
Jordan Kent had a tough practice, dropping two passes within a few minutes of each other. Right tackle Kyle Williams also jumped up before the ball was snapped, which always makes Holmgren happy.
Charlie Frye actually looked pretty good during the hurry-up offense, finding a number of receivers as the offense moved the ball downfield. The first drive ended with Julius Jones going up the middle for a score, though since the practice was in helmets and shorts he did not get hit, which may have changed things.
Frye also ran the second unit in the hurry-up and completed four straight passes before Holmgren ended practice.
After, he said no decision has been made on if Frye will start, which means he doesn't want to say. He said he is not really concerned about the injuries other than those to Engram and Spencer. He kind of made light of them, in fact, saying that with all the MRI equipment, they invariably find injuries and put it in the players' head that they are injured. Then it gets close to game day and all of a sudden they are healed. He didn't say there had been any real movement on Spencer's injury.
He said the vets should get a little more time this week, as they have done in the past. He said Julius Jones will start this week, and Mo Morris is likely to start again next week. For all you fantasy folks, he said the flanker spot in this offense should get the most catches.