Heading back to Renton this morning to begin another condensed week of training-camp practices before Friday's second exhibition game at home against San Diego. It's the Seahawks' next-to-last public practice of the preseason -- and, in fact, the last public ones of the year at the VMAC -- and because it is on a sunny weekend there are likely to be a few (thousand) folks there today.
I will be watching to see how much the three starting offensive linemen who missed the preseason opener Thursday at Denver practice today and tomorrow: center Max Unger (a new groin injury), left guard James Carpenter (recovering from a calf injury) and left tackle Russell Okung (offseason foot surgery). Since Carpenter and Okung returned to practice last Monday, I would expect the starting left side of the line to see some time against the Chargers. Unger, though, stood on the side watching last Wednesday's walk-through practice and was on the sideline in street (OK, team-issued) clothes during the game in Denver, when Lemuel Jeanpierre played the entire first half at center with the first- and the second-team offenses. After the game in Denver coach Pete Carroll didn't specify how hurt Unger was.
I -- and everyone else in Western Washington who has eyes and an opinion -- have already mentioned a few dozen times how porous the makeshift offensive line was against the Broncos. What few have mentioned is how often and with many variations Denver blitzed the fill-in blockers. As I mentioned in my game story that night, it seemed the Broncos were playing the game as if it was Super Bowl Redemption Night, at least on defense.
(To that end: My Colorado-native neighbor in Seattle mentioned how redemptive Thursday night was for Broncos fans. My response to her: Uh ... no. See, there's this something about apples to oranges. The largest apple there is to a tiny satsuma, in this case...)
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--In today's News Tribune I highlighted the young and backup Seahawks that most took advantage of their opportunities in Denver: Rookie defensive end and fourth-round draft choice Cassius Marsh, fill-in starting middle linebacker Brody Coyle, rookie wide receiver and second-round pick Paul Richardson and free-agent cornerback A.J. Jefferson.
Jefferson left the game in Denver with an ankle injury of unknown severity after he got tackled at the end of an 11-yard return of his interception on the final play of the third quarter. He said afterward "I'm fine," though whether he practices today will be indicative of how fine.
--Also in today's TNT, colleague Dave Boling details why some scouts liken Marsh, from UCLA, to another pass-rushing end with a 100-plus-horsepower motor that never seems to shut off: Jared Allen. Boling notes how UCLA coach Jim Mora (hey, do you remember he used to coach the Seahawks? Or have you chosen to forget that season?) calls Marsh a "wild horse rider."
--espn.com "NFL Nation's" Terry Blount gives his assessment of which Seahawks stood out to him in Denver.
More after this 10 a.m. practice, which is expected to go past noon.