My story today focuses on the improved play of second-year wide receiver Deon Butler. The Penn State product only finished with 15 receptions last season. And considering the Seahawks gave up a fifth and seventh rounder, along with a third rounder in this year’s draft to move up to get him, the Seahawks were certainly expecting more production.
Well, I know it’s only training camp, but Butler has looked more like the player the Seahawks were expecting this season.
“Definitely going through a full season and seeing it for myself and realizing what it is has helped me,” Butler said. “That and just continuing every day with guys like Deion (Branch) and T.J. (Houshmandzadeh) and other guys that have been through it before, and following their leadership and guidance on how to set up guys on routes and different ways of doing it. “So just kind of learning from them every day and going on my experience from last year, it’s all coming together now.”
Jarrett Bell of USA Today provides an overview of the Pete Carroll experience during his time at training camp a few days ago.
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Steve Wyche of the NFL Network writes that the reports of WR Mike Williams looking in shape and ready to contribute for Seattle are true.
Brian McIntyre writes that the Seahawks appear to be the early winners in shipping Darryl Tapp to Philadelphia, with Tapp struggling to find playing time, while Chris Clemons is penciled in as a starting defensive end and the fourth round pick they got in return that they used on E.J. Wilson also appearing to pay dividends.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com offers these notes from practice.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com profiles versatile running back Quinton Ganther.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers these photos from practice, including the one-handed grab by Golden Tate.
WR Mike Williams joins KJR’s Jason Puckett to talks about Seahawks’ camp in this audio link.
Defensive end Chris Clemons joins ESPN 710 Seattle’s Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore in this audio link.
Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated ranks his top 32 running backs of all-time. It’s an interesting list. You will not find Shaun Alexander on it, but UW standout Hugh McElhenny makes the cut.