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Thursday practice: Hasselbeck getting comfortable

The Seattle Seahawks finished up the team's three-day, OTA's this morning with a conditioning drill that included all of the coaches participating, including head coach Jim Mora and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said it's good to see the coaches supporting the players during conditioning drills by running with them, but noted that some are in better condition than others. You can listen to a snippet of that conversation in the video above.

The team practiced for a little less than 90 minutes, which included a two-minute drill session at the end of practice.

Hasselbeck said he's getting a better feel for both calling and running the offense after the first month or so working on the field.

"The passing concepts I think I've got down pretty good, but there's a lot of room for improvement," Hasselbeck said. "I certainly can improve on getting it out of my mouth and saying it in the huddle with more confidence quicker, and making quicker decisions out there.

"One of the harder things is just learning the rules of the running game, and some of the terminology. I think if I just keep plugging away -- we're having meetings and I'm studying at home – and if we just keep doing that we'll improve as we go. But there definitely is a difference for me in having to learn quite a bit."

Team sources on Thursday disputed an earlier report that recently released Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones was scheduled for a visit this week.

UPDATE: A new report now has Jones postponing the trip to Seattle.

Jones played left tackle for the Bengals, and was a first-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2002, selected 10th overall. He played seven seasons for the Bengals, seeing action in 94 games with 89 starts.

However, Jones finished last year on the shelf, suffering a season-ending leg injury against Philadelphia and missing the last six games. Jones also has missed 17 games in the last three seasons.

The Seahawks may be looking to add depth at offensive tackle, with Pro Bowler Walter Jones not participating in the team's minicamp, still rehabbing from microfracture surgery on his left knee. But the team has said it expects Jones to return in time for the beginning of training camp in July.

If Jones cannot return, GM Tim Ruskell has said the plan is for right tackle Sean Locklear to move to left tackle, and Ray Willis to fill-in at right tackle, so the report of the team looking at Levi Jones was odd.

Willis, who has been working at right tackle during the organized team activities, said he doesn't expect that plan to be implemented any time soon.

"No, we're all just going out there and trying to work hard," Willis said. "We're not really concerned with that. Everybody's just trying to go out there and do their job."

"It's kind of hard to imagine the Seahawks without Walter Jones because of what he's done for his organization. He's a freak of nature. He's a marvel. I think he's one of those guys who can play as long as he wants in this league at the level he plays at, which is an elite, premiere level. So I think it's going to be his decision on when he want to walk away."

Linebacker Lance Laury worked with the first unit at strong-side, outside linebacker with Aaron Curry and the rest of the rookies gone.

Kyle Williams continued to see time at offensive guard.

Nate Burleson continues to look impressive and ready to go earlier than expected from his ACL surgery.

Cornerback Ken Lucas also looked more in sync with the defense today.

Jamar Adams was in a protective boot. He suffered a high ankle sprain during the rookie minicamp when he got tangled up with receiver Deon Butler when the younger players were scrimmaging at the end of practice.

Defensive Tackle Colin Cole also returned to practice after sitting out on Saturday.

The Seahawks will continue offseason workouts through May, with the rookies returning on the 17th. A mandatory minicamp is scheduled for June 10-12, and the first day of training camp is tentatively scheduled for July 31.

That's all for now.

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