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Carpenter holds his own in first NFL practice

I’ll just add few notes to what Dave Boling filed earlier on what I saw at practice.

* As Boling mentioned earlier, James Carpenter was kind of having a ho-hum practice up until one-on-ones at the tail end of the workout, when he stoned Red Bryant twice.

However, I did see Carpenter get the back of his legs rolled into while working on a zone stretch play by a defensive lineman. Both players and media members gasped as he fell to the ground, but the University of Alabama product popped back up and appeared to be fine. Perhaps an example of that durability and toughness the Seahawks have been talking about.

“He’s a big right tackle,” Bryant said. “I can tell why they went out and got them.”

* Charlie Whitehurst appeared to struggle with his accuracy today, both on deep and short balls. Again, this is just the first day of practice and he throwing to a lot of guys he hasn’t worked with before, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

* With Lofa Tatupu taking a blow, rookie Malcolm Smith got some reps with the first unit at WILL linebacker, with David Hawthorne sliding inside to MIKE to replace Tatupu. Smith looked like he belongs out there.

* A lot of the young receivers are putting the ball the ground, but undrafted free agent Richardo Lockette made a nice, one-hand grab.

“I forgot who said it – I think it was Isaiah (Stanback) – who called him Lockette the Rocket,” said rookie receiver Kris Durham. “That guy has got a lot of speed.”

Pretty interesting comment coming from a guy coming a guy who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash.

* As you can imagine, everything is pretty vanilla in terms of offense and defense right now, with guys just getting their playbooks and learning the schemes. Players have a steep learning curve.