We got our first look at Edgerrin James in a Seattle Seahawks uniform this morning. He was wearing his customary No. 32, with cornerback Kevin Hobbs giving up the number for the 11-year veteran.
Hobbs said a deal is in the works, and is now getting used to the No. 38, with fellow players ribbing Hobbs throughout the practice by calling him Mack Strong.
James didn’t do a whole lot during the two and a half hour practice. He worked a few reps during team drills and ran through individual drills with his position group. But mostly James shadowed Julius Jones throughout practice, and also spent a good deal of time talking to running backs coach Kasey Dunn and Justin Forsett in working to get the offense down.
It’s an unfamiliar position for James, who said he’s used to helping out younger players with the offensive scheme
“The part I hate because I missed so much time is not knowing exactly what to do – not knowing my responsibilities,” James said. “I’m always usually ahead of the game. I always try to out study everybody. And that’s the thing that’s different now. I’m playing from behind.”
He did say he doesn’t feel the offense is that complicated and he should pick it up quickly.
James said he’s been continuing to work out on his own to stay and shape in case he got a call during training camp, and that he’s not here to compete for the starting job
“I’m not here to compete with Julius, I’m here to complement him,” he said. “I’m coming in here for us to work together and do whatever we’ve got to do. I just want to win.”
Head coach Jim Mora echoed those sentiments. And said the team made the move to terminate T.J. Duckett’s contract and pick up James because they believed Duckett was more of a role player and James more of a complementary back.
“We look for him to be a great complementary back for Julius,” Mora said. “We just felt like in order for us to get better we need to add another complementary back. We got some backs who are role players. But in order to run the ball the way we want to run the ball we needed someone to complement Julius.”
James said he’s familiar with the zone blocking scheme, having ran a similar scheme while in Indianapolis.
He also played for the senior Jim Mora while with the Colts, and the younger Mora said James came highly recommended by his father.
Mora said he’s not sure if James will play on Saturday against Kansas City.
Although he gets to play his former team the Arizona Cardinals twice this season, James said he’s not concerned with meeting his former teammates.
“I’m not worried about that,” James said. “We did well. We made it to the Super Bowl. We didn’t get a chance to win, but it was a nice time, so that’s over. I’m past that.”
So can James still play?
“We’ll see,” he said. “You guys just come out here and see. I’m not going to sit up here and say I’m going to do this or that. I’m just coming to work and trying to put myself in a position to have success.”
Mora also refuted an online report that Walter Jones might be out for the year after having arthroscopic knee surgery last week.
“That’s just some guy who decides he wants to throw it out there and see if it sticks,” Mora said. “Walter is as upbeat as I’ve seen him since I’ve been in this role, because I didn’t spend a whole lot of time with Walter before. As a matter of fact, a couple coaches this morning commented on the fact of how upbeat Walter seems.
“So, people can say what they want and speculate whatever they want but I feel confident that he’ll be ready to go here shortly. But I’m not in his mind. I can just tell you what I see.”
Sitting out this morning’s practice were David Hawthorne (knee), Travis Fisher (hamstring), Walter Jones (knee), Marcus Trufant (back) and Chris Spencer (knee).
Defensive tackle Craig Terrell practiced but did not go through team drills. The team will have one practice on Thursday before flying to Kansas City on Friday.
Offensive lineman Brian De La Puente also arrived today and went through practice.
That’s all for now.