The Seattle Seahawk put on the pads for the first time, and what started as kind of a ho-hum deal got cranked up during pass rush drills between the TE/RB and the safeties and the linebackers.
Running back Justin Forsett, who had whiffed on his previous attempt, jarred David Hawthorne on his pass rush to the quarterback, knocking “The Heater” back into offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, who was running the drill. Knapp fell over, and the hit drew some oohs from the offense. The two went against each other later in the drill and played to a stalemate.
Strong safety Courtney Greene also bowled over running back Devin Moore, who struggled in the drill.
During team drills, smack talking between the offense and the defense escalated from a dull roar in the morning practice to an all out shouting between the two sides this evening. Specifically, safety Deon Grant and Nate Burleson were going at it pretty good, with some heated exchanges I can’t repeat here.
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Safety C.J. Wallace had the hit of the night, pancaking tight end Joe Newton along the sideline in a hit that may have come after the whistle. At least that’s what quarterback Matt Hasselbeck thought, which led to an exchange between the quarterback and safety Brian Russell, which again can not be repeated here.
Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh again showed why the Seahawks brought him in, excelling during red zone drills with several catches inside traffic. Jordan Kent, Billy McMullen and Michael Bumpus all made nice catches during team drills.
Brandon Mebane, Colin Cole, Darryl Tapp and Cory Redding did a nice job of pressuring the passer. And Owen Schmitt made some nice lead blocks in the running game.
Overall, I thought the offense executed pretty well during the team period, while the defense stepped it up toward the latter stages of practice.