Day 2 of the Seattle Seahawks veterans camp was a little more tame compared to Tuesday's practice, with coaches on both sides of the ball focused more on teaching the basic schemes of the new system.
However, practice still moved at a brisk pace, including team drills at the end of practice. I posted the video above so you could get feel of how things are going out here.
I got a chance to talk to Walter Jones for a couple minutes at the end of practice, and asked him how the rehabilitation is going from season-ending microfracture surgery on his left knee.
Jones, who will not practice this week, said he's continuing to work on strengthening his knee, and is uncertain when he'll be cleared to practice.
"It's doing good," Jones said. "I'm doing the things I'm supposed to be doing right now, so hopefully when it's time to go I'm ready."
Asked if he's concerned whether or not he'll return from the serious injury or perhaps his career might be over, Jones said all he can do is put the work in to get on the field and see what happens.
"I hope not," Jones said. "But you have to prepare for the reality of things, too. Anything can happen, but all you can do is do the things that they ask of you, and hopefully you can come back strong."
Jones, 35, is heading into his 13th season with Seattle this year. He's played at a high level throughout his time with the Seahawks, but if there's uncertainty he can't return to that playing level this season, Seattle may have to consider taking one of the top tackles projected to go early in the draft, including Baylor's Jason Smith or Virginia's Eugene Monroe, should either of those players slide to No. 4.
However, team president and general manager Tim Ruskell has been inclined to take offensive lineman later in the draft, believing the Seahawks can develop that player over time. Right tackle Sean Locklear is an example of that, taken in the third round by Seattle in the 2004 draft.
Jones said the zone blocking scheme is a good fit for him and the rest of the offensive line because they have some athleticism up front.
Offensive line coach Mike Solari echoed those sentiments, but also said the offensive line needs to get in as many reps as they can together so they can build some cohesiveness heading into training camp.
Solari also said the Seahawks put in a foundation of zone blocking principles last season as base to build on this year, but did little zone blocking in 2008.
Highlights during practice included wide receiver Billy McMullen goin up high to pull down a nice catch on fade route over Marcus Trufant on a ball thrown by Jeff Rowe, and running back T.J. Duckett bowling over cornerback Marquis Floyd during team drills.
That's all for now. I'll have more later.