The players get today off after having an 80-play mock game on Saturday. The defense dominated as not a touchdown was scored with 12 offensive possessions. Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril were unblockable by the offense. Bennett said it was an example that the defense is going to do nothing but keep pushing to be the best ever. There were a few bright spots on offense. Wilson hooked up with Harvin on a nice pass. Both Michael and Turbin had a couple good breakaways. The offenses sputtered often, though, as the result of a number of penalties called by the NFL refs on hand, who are focusing on new points of emphasis including pass interference, hands to the face and cut blocking.
Rookie receiver Kevin Smith of UW had a nice sideline catch against Richard Sherman. Tight end Zach Miller reminded everyone of his catching ability with a couple nice receptions. Remember, he is playing at a reduced rate. If it's a bother to him, you couldn't tell. He's a complete tight end and a "pro" as well.
Strange that injured tackle Michael Bowie was on the field and afterward it was announced his shoulder would need surgery and he would be out for 4 to 6 months. He was waived-injured, which means he's vulnerable to being picked up, but if he passes waivers the Hawks can place him on IR. Two injuries were noticeable. Safety Dion Bailey injured his ankle and the initial examination revealed no breaks. And right tackle Justin Britt came out and had his shoulder wrapped on the sidelines. Carroll didn't think it was significant. However, with Bowie already out, it left recently acquired Eric Winston to man the position with the first unit. It was considered likely the Hawks would pick up tackle Cory Brandon who was recently released by Arizona.
--Here's my news report from the mock game.
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--Evan Thompson’s notebook with the lead on Kevin Smith, who continues to be noticeable in camp
--John McGrath’s column about Walter Jones’ Hall of Fame enshrinement.
--A post from Pro Football Talk on Walter’s speech, mentioning some of his Seahawks predecessors he thanked, including his mention of Kenny Easley, whom he believes belongs in the Hall. We may add to the veteran blog followers here that he thanked Mike Sando (originator of the Seahawks Insider for the TNT) for being the writer to officially present his name to the Hall of Fame as a member of the selection committee.
--Here’s an interesting story from Forbes in which the contributor of the piece claims “There may not be a more gifted leader in America today than Pete.”