It was the Red Bryant show at this morning’s practice, as the stout, defensive lineman out of Texas A&M made plays all over the field.
Bryant sniffed out a screen pass during team drills, and also knocked down a Seneca Wallace pass attempt at the line of scrimmage.
And he owned the offensive line during pass rush drills, making easy work of Max Unger and Cory Withrow. On the Withrow matchup, the new pickup lifted off Bryant’s helmet as he was getting beat, which didn’t sit well with Bryant, although he didn’t retaliate.
Still no news on the Aaron Curry front, as another day of practice goes by without the first-round pick at the practice facility.
Walter Jones will not practice today. Mora said they’ll go every other day with the veteran offensive tackle, allowing him to rest his knee for a day. They know what they have in Jones, so there’s no rush in terms of having him on the field every day.
Seattle head coach Jim Mora said practice went better than Friday’s practice, with the players working at a better tempo and speed.
Mora said the team will go with full pads in this evening’s practice, but it will be a controlled thud situation with no takedowns or tackling below the waist.
“It doesn’t mean we’re going to come out here and scrimmage now,” Mora said. “It’s not going to be full speed to the ground or anything like that. But we need to start banging a little bit. Guys need to start to get their bodies ready to hit. And that just follows are progression of practice.”
Patrick Kerney practiced today, but again was limited and did not work into team drills. That left Cory Redding playing left end, Brand Mebane and Colin Cole at the defensive tackles spots and Darryl Tapp at right end.
Mora said if Seattle were playing a game today, then Redding would be at left end, Patrick Kerney would be at right end, and Mebane and Cole at the tackle positions, with Jackson backing up Redding and Tapp backing up Kerney. But Mora said he expects all four defensive ends to see significant playing time, depending on the situation, with Redding likely moving inside on passing situations.
“Our goal is to go into the season and rotate eight guys in there and not have a drop off,” Mora said.
Jamar Adams played some cornerback today with Marcus Trufant still out.
Mora also talked his philosophy on having a later practice when the team goes twice a day, with the Seahawks practicing at 6:45 this evening.
Mora said the break in between practices allows them to watch film before the second practice, gives the players more time off their feet in between practices, and allows the players to go back to the hotel after practice in order to rest and study instead of having to go to a meeting and watch film.
“I just think it’s a really productive schedule,” Mora said. “And it’s what we did in Atlanta, and I thought it gave us the most productive practices we could have.”
Along with Jones sitting out and Kerney being limited, offensive linemen Chris Spencer and Ray Willis, along with linebacker D.D. Lewis, were limited in this morning’s practice. And Baraka Atkins is still excused from practice, attending a funeral in Florida.
Mora said he’ll periodically give some of the offensive lineman a blow during camp.
Along with Bryant, other individuals who shined in this morning practice include receivers Nate Burleson, Ben Obomanu, Logan Payne and Billy McMullen. Both Mora and receivers coach Robert Prince said the competition for the fourth, fifth and sixth receiver spots remains intense.
Tight end Joe Newton continues to look solid at tight end, and may be nudging ahead in the battle for the third tight end spot.
Rob Sims has been impressive in one-on-one pass rushing drills working against Brandon Mebane.
C.J. Wallace also had a nice interception, corralling a ball that bounced out of the hands of Mike Haas.
That’s all for now.