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OC Bevell looking for consistency vs. Broncos

Expect the first-unit offense for the Seattle Seahawks to play at least a quarter when the face the Denver Broncos in the team’s second exhibition game.

Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he’d like to see is offense do something the Seahawks did not accomplish when Russell Wilson was on the field – get into the end zone.

“I’d like to see us be consistent,” Bevell said. “I obviously want to see us go down the field and score points, put points on the board. Obviously, I’d like it to be a touchdown. But I want to see us consistently move the ball.”

Bevell’s comments are interesting, because Seattle has really emphasized red-zone offense this week. Bevell also mentioned that he was pleased to have no turnovers and no sacks in the team’s first preseason game against San Diego.

Bevell also praised the development of rookie tight end Luke Willson.

“Probably the thing that has been exciting is he’s been able to do a nice job in the run game,” Bevell said. “We felt like he could be a good receiver for us, but the area (of concern) was being able to take care of the line of scrimmage, whether it’s pass protection or the run game. And he’s been willing to do it. He holds his own up there.”

Bates moving to fullback?

Another interesting development was receiver Phil Bates making a position change – at least for today – working at fullback with the running backs during individual drill work.

Bates is one of a handful of receivers fighting for the No. 5 of No. 6 receiver job, so the move can be seen as his willingness to be more versatile in order to earn a roster spot.

“We’re trying to see what we have there,” Bevell said. “We’ve put Phil in at fullback a little bit. We want to see how he takes a hold of that, and just see what we have. We’ve had him hear long enough. We know what we can expect from him on the outside. But he’s a big body, so we want to see him in the backfield.”

Injury updateToday was the final day of training camp, so families of players and coaches attended practice today. Also returning to practice was Defensive tackle Jaye Howard, who missed three days with a shoulder injury. Receiver Sidney Rice (knee) did not practice today.

Other players who remain out include offensive lineman James Carpenter (knee) (foot), cornerback Ron Parker (hamstring), defensive lineman Tony McDaniel (groin), linebacker Bruce Irvin (groin) and running back Christine Michael (back spasms).

TE Zach Miller (foot), DE Chris Clemons (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot), WR Percy Harvin (hip) and DE Greg Scruggs (knee) still are on the PUP list. LB Korey Toomer (hip) remains on the non-football injury list.