Fifth-year pro Michael Bennett was lured to return to the Seattle Seahawks because of the familiarity of defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and good friend Red Bryant from his days at Texas A&M.
In my story today, Bennett explained the attraction of coming back at the Seahawks training facility.
“Obviously, it’s the atmosphere, the players, the coaching staff and the way they treat you,” Bennett said. “They treat you like a man as long as you act like a man, and I appreciate that. The game is fun here, so I love everything about this organization.”
With Chris Clemons (knee), Cliff Avril (foot) and Bruce Irvin (suspension) question marks heading into training camp, Bennett’s versatility and pass-rush skills will play an even larger role on Seattle’s defense. Bennett currently is working as the Leo defensive end with Seattle's first-unit defense.
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Quinn said that everyone on the defensive line will learn two positions. However, because of the 6-4, 275-pound Bennett’s versatility, he will learn three positions along the defensive line – the Leo defensive end on first and second downs, pass-rushing defensive tackle on third downs and also strong-side defensive end – Bryant’s position.
“When I saw him, I was most impressed with the way he can use his hands,” Quinn said of the first time Bennett joined Seattle in 2009. “So it was such a good thing to see him develop as a pass rusher, because he had good initial quickness and the strength to do that.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes Marshawn Lynch to task for once again being a no-show at OTAs. Boling writes that rookie second-round selection Christine Michael benefitted from Lynch’s absence by getting more reps. Boling: “With a number of attention-getting plays in the offseason practice sessions, the second-round draft pick out of Texas A&M is making it easier to envision a future without star ball carrier Marshawn Lynch. Part of that is because Lynch has been mostly invisible in the present. Michael is getting a lot of carries while Lynch is … elsewhere.”
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle profiles backup tight end Sean McGrath, who could assume a larger role in Seattle’s offense with the season-ending injury to Anthony McCoy.
More O’Neil: He takes a closer look at Seattle’s depth issues at the Leo defensive end position.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that cornerback Walter Thurmond’s play has stood out during OTA sessions.
More Farnsworth: He focuses on tight end Zach Miller’s ability to make one-handed catches in this practice report.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times says that reserve quarterback Brady Quinn is getting more comfortable in the Seahawks’ offense.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post places the Seahawks in his Top 5 list of teams he’d like to see on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Don’t hold your breath.
Martha Kang of KPLU radio interviews Joseph Carnevale, the man apparently responsible for taking those photos from the top of the Space Needle and CenturyLink Field.
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