With the Seattle Seahawks putting on shoulder pads for the first time during training camp for Saturday morning’s practice, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn summed it up succinctly.
“For us, it was good to get back to some real football – for the guys that are down there in the trenches,” Quinn said. “So it was an important day, another day of install for us, so I was thrilled to get back. And you could feel the energy the guys brought onto the field.”
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said that despite the team heading into the second season of Russell Wilson and the addition of Percy Harvin, expect to see a lot of Marshawn Lynch and other runners getting the ball in the run game.
“We’re a run football team,” Bevell said. “I mean that sets up everything that we want to do offensively. It’s our philosophy. It’s our toughness – all the things that we preach here. So whether Marshawn gets 315 carries or not, we’re going to be running the football.”
Bevell also talked about the depth at running back, with second-year pro Robert Turbin starting training camp on the PUP list with a foot issue.
“It’s still early,” Bevell said. “We’re still letting it all play out right now. But we really do like our depth. When you have Turbo (Turbin) sitting on the bench right now, and these two young guys (Christine Michael and Spencer Ware), it’s great for them to get all the reps. We’re looking at them and what they can do. And it’s a really strong backfield.
“Derrick Coleman is back there, and he kind of gets left out because of the draft picks that we’ve had, but he’s really done a nice job as well.”
DL Howard steps up
One of the players who really stood out today was second-year pro Jaye Howard. Pete Carroll said the University of Florida product was active for just two games his rookie season. But he put on 15 pounds of good weight during the offseason, and is now playing at 6-3 and 301 pounds.
Along with playing 3-tech, Howard also worked with the second unit at 5-tech, and practically lived in the backfield during 9-on-7 and team drills.
Quinn said the advantage Howard has is that he’s still quick off the ball at 300 pounds. Quinn also said that Howard played some defensive end in a 3-4 system the year prior to his arrival at Florida, and Quinn also ran some 3-4 while serving as the defensive coordinator for the Gators, with Howard playing some defensive end and some defensive tackle.
“When we gathered, we thought, ‘That guy’s (Howard) got real strong hands,'" Quinn said. "And that’s one of the things we look for at that position for a guy who can take on a tackle, and hold it at the end of the line. So that’s why we’re going to take a look at it at this camp.”
Hawks claim Schofield
According to his agent, the Seahawks claimed outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield off waivers after his release from Arizona.
A fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin in the 2010 draft by the Cardinals, Schofield had trouble staying healthy at Arizona, playing in just 35 of a possible 48 games in three seasons.
At 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, the 26-year-old projects as a Leo defensive end or SAM linebacker for the Seahawks.
Seattle has yet to make a roster move to make room for Schofield. In nine starts, Schofield finished with 34 tackles and four sacks last season.
Injury updateCarroll said that tight end Zach Miller is close to returning from a foot issue that has him on the PUP list to begin camp. However, with Miller out, players like Sean McGrath, Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet are taking advantage of the extra reps.
Carroll said at this point Miller returning for the regular season opener is not a concern right now.
Michael Robinson has not practiced for the last two days because of ankle soreness.
Coleman and Ware are playing full back with Robinson out.
And linebacker Heath Farwell has not practiced the past two days because of back spasms. Sidney Rice has been sitting out of team drills as more of a maintenance issue.
Defensive end Jesse Williams tweaked his knee on Friday and did not practice today, according to Carroll, but its nothing serious.
Second year linebacker Korey Hoomer jammed his hip working out on his own, which is the reason he’s on the non-football injury list.
Carroll also talked about rookie fifth-round pick Tharold Simon, who’s on the PUP list with a foot issue that carried over from his time in college at LSU.
“It’s one where he’s played with it before, and we’re just trying to get him past the point where it will reoccur,” Carroll said. “So we’re being very careful, and he’s working out hard. He’s not on the ground running yet. We’re doing all of the equipment upstairs to keep him non-weight bearing. But we just have to be patient with it.” Some tidbits
* Carroll pointed to J.R. Sweezy as one of the most obvious players on offense who has made a significant jump from 2012 to this season. He also said James Carpenter has had three really good days to open training camp. He also pointed to Mike Person, Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey as young offensive lineman who have stood out.
* Carroll said the kick return job behind Harvin is wide open. Golden Tate, Will Blackman, Jeremy Lane, Bryan Walters, Justin Veltung and Arceto Clark all took reps as the kick returner today.
“We know that Golden can get the job done,” Carroll said. “But there’s some guys there that we’re interested to see. Bryan Walters has some really good background, and he was a very effective player back there. Jeremy’s really fast, and we like him back there. Will Blackman is back there, too. And he has some experience. So it will be exciting in preseason to see all of those guys.”
* Steven Hauschka drilled a 58-yard field goal during special teams period. Carson Wiggs missed from 53 yards, but also made his 58-yard attempt.
* Bruce Irvin continues to look good making the transition from defensive end to SAM linebacker. I was particularly impressed with his decision-making on run fits in 9-on-7 today.
* Alan Bradford is physical and brings the wood playing middle linebacker. He’s fun to watch.