The Seahawks practiced for about 90 minutes this afternoon. Veteran receivers Deion Branch and Bobby Engram both got extensive work during individual and team drills, and both looked ready to go.
In particular, Branch looked explosive and nimble, tight roping the sideline after making a nice catch on an out route, and showing an extra gear as he caught up to a deep ball from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
"I yell at them all day," joked receivers coach Keith Gilbertson on his handling of Engram and Branch. "We've got to be smart. But at the same time they look good to me, so it's not like they're out there limping around. I mean they look good, and they look ready to go.
"And those guys are professionals and they're very experienced. So they know when it's time to throttle up, and when it's time to pull it back a little bit."
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Branch ran at flanker with the starting unit, with Billy McMullen filling in at split end and Engram working at the slot during three-receiver sets.
Koren Robinson still appeared slowed by an ailing knee and still doesn't appear ready to go at this point.
Free agent pick-up McMullen continues to play well and looked good in practice. Gilbertson said McMullen gives the team and added element with his size.
"We don't have a lot of big-body receivers," Gilbertson said. "We're probably smallish in terms of around the league when I see some other teams. His size has helped him on a couple of occasions where he was pressed and he had to come out of a route and his size has been a plus for him."
Holmgren said he will not make a decision on which receivers to activate until later in the week. Who returns punts also will play a role in Holmgren's decision. Holmgren said Michael Bumpus, Seneca Wallace and Bobby Engram are could return punts.
Running back Maurice Morris looked good both running the ball and catching it out of the backfield in his first day back after suffering a sprained knee injury against Buffalo a month ago.