The final day of offseason workouts involved competition (of course), as head coach Pete Carroll conducted a control scrimmage this afternoon, which included red zone, goal line, two-minute and some other situations at the end of practice.
Several players popped during the scrimmage, but safety Earl Thomas had the play of the day. With quarterback Matt Hasselbeck looking to connect with Deon Butler in the back of the end zone on an a in route, Hasselbeck looked off Thomas to get him to move away from the play.
The ploy worked -- sort of. Thomas moved in that direction, but was quick enough to both recognize the play and get back into the throwing lane for a diving, two-handed pick in the end zone.
“I just read the quarterback’s eyes,” Thomas said. “I’m not thinking too much because I’m getting the playbook down pretty good and I’m just able to run out there and play now.”
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Thomas also had two perfectly timed blitzes on bootlegs where Hasselbeck would have been sacked.
“I enjoyed that the most because you got a free shot at the quarterback, so who wouldn’t want to do that,” joked Thomas.
So was he thinking about taking a shot at Hasselbeck?
“Oh no, we need him,” Thomas quipped.
* Running backs Justin Forsett and Julius Jones were gone again, leaving Quinton Ganther and Louis Rankin to shoulder most of the load carrying the ball. Leon Washington again was limited to individual drills and did not participate in the team portion of practice. T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch were on a similar schedule, but both are expected to be full go once training camp starts, as is Washington. Safety Jordan Babineaux was not at today's workout. Still no word on the reason for his absence.
* New safety Kevin Ellison was in attendance but not in uniform. Several family members and friends of players were in attendance as head coach Pete Carroll invited everyone to a barbecue after practice.
* Receiver Kole Heckendorf continues to make plays. He caught another deep ball from Charlie Whitehurst, beating recent addition Cord Parks along the sideline. Isaiah Stanback also beat Josh Wilson deep, with Whitehurst hitting him in stride, but Stanback failed to hold onto the ball.
* DE Rob Rose made the play of the day for defensive lineman, knocking down a pass by J.P. Losman at the line of scrimmage and holding onto for the interception, taking it the other way for a score.
* Defensive end Dexter Davis and E.J. Wilson also generated some pass rush during team drills.
* Offensive tackle Russell Okung was solid, but struggled at times against speed rushers like Ricky Foley.
* Kelly Jennings continues to work with the first unit at corner, and had a nice breakup of a long pass play intended for Golden Tate.
* Cornerback Walter Thurmond got his first action during team drills and seemed to be moving OK.