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Williams says Whitehurst will get fair shot

The Seattle Seahawks announced that they have signed seven of the team’s nine draft picks this evening, as we noted earlier today.

Along with the six we reported, fourth-round pick linebacker K.J. Wright signed this afternoon. So only first round pick James Carpenter and third round pick John Moffitt remain unsigned.

Wide receiver Mike Williams talked with reporters after this afternoon’s practice. He appears to be in good shape, and said that offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable set to tone for the offense during team meeting on Wednesday.

“Just from last night when Coach Cable got up and talked about the attitude he wanted from the offense, and I’m sure the same thing was said over in the other room. It was good to get out here today,” Williams said. “Guys were running around, and you could tell guys been working. You could tell Charlie’s (Whitehurst) been working.”

And even with Tarvaris Jackson coming in to compete for the starting quarterback job, Williams doesn’t expect Whitehurst to just hand over the job.

“I understand they brought Tarvaris in and he ahs a relationship with the coordinator (Darrell Bevell), but I still think Charlie has a fair shot,” Williams said. “You can tell that he’s put the work in withhis footwork. Some throws, at this time last year he would have thrown for interceptions, but he’s throwing the ball out of bounds instead now.”

“You can just see that he’s tuned in, that he’s a little more focused.”

One person that knows Jackson pretty well is Ben Obomanu. The two played grew up as rivals playing against each other in high school, with Obomanu attending Selma High in Selma, Ala., and Jackson attending Sidney Lanier High in nearby Montgomery, about a 30-minute drive from Selma.

“We share some of the same friends when he transferred to Alabama State,” Obomanu said. “A lot of my good friends played on his team and were classmates of his. So he’s a good friend of mine, so I’m looking forward to him coming in and seeing what he can do in this offense.”

Former NFL players, safety Tim McDonald, fullback Justin Griffith and safety Charles Mincy are interning as assistant coaching during training camp for the Seahawks as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship program. McDonald, 46, is a USC graduate and six-time Pro Bowler who played 12 years in the NFL with the Arizona and San Francisco. Griffith, 31, played seven seasons in the league, including a year as Seattle’s starting fullback in 2009. Mincy, 41, played eight years in the league, including stops in Kansas City, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Oakland.