The Seahawks' afternoon practice just ended. The big story today was the confirmation that the Hawks had signed tight end Zach Miller (reported to be 5 years and $34 million with $17 million guaranteed).
Immediately we started wondering about the future of incumbent tight end John Carlson, now in his fourth year with the team. Carlson had a good practice, catching a touchdown from Charlie Whitehurst during some late team sessions. But Carlson's impact on the offense has diminished since his record-setting rookie season.
Line coach Tom Cable made it clear in his comments just a few minutes ago that he is planning to use both Miller and Carlson. "We now have two fantastic tight ends," Cable said. "They're going to complement each other the right way."
Cable said that Miller (66 catches last season) "is a fine, fine player and a better person than he is a player." He said that Miller and Carlson are "like two peas in a pod." He touted Miller as a complete player who can block at the point of attack, can be put in motion or split wide and also used as an "H" back.
The beauty of Tuesday's practice was it will be the last that they have to play without the free agents who have signed. They have tomorrow off, and the free agents can start practicing Thursday, meaning Tarvaris Jackson, Sidney Rice, Robert Gallery, etc., will finally be in uniform.
As for nice plays Tuesday: Kam Chancellor intercepted a high pass from Whitehurst intended for Carlson. Golden Tate made a diving catch on the sidelines against Earl Thomas. Rookie Ricardo Lockette had another nice practice with a crossing completion from Whitehurst. Rookie linebacker Malcolm Smith is getting a lot of chances at the Will linebacker with Hawthorne now at MLB.