Still no Kam Chancellor.
And still universal love, respect and goodwill from Seahawks teammates — even coach Pete Carroll — toward their thumping safety and team leader despite him holding out from training camp for the second day today.
You’d be more likely to find a 49ers fan in a Colin Kaepernick jersey here at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton than a bad word about Chancellor skipping these first practices of the preseason because he wants more than the $4.45 million Seattle is guaranteeing him this year.
Russell Wilson has been talking to him regularly. So has Michael Bennett. Carroll is texting with Chancellor, saying the team “loves him in every way,” calling him the “ultimate Seahawk” and assuring the front office is doing everything to get him back in camp soonest.
Just my mere mention of Chancellor’s name made defensive mate K.J. Wright shake his head for almost a full minute after today’s sun-splashed, two-hour workout — one that included the Blue Angels flying over.
“Man, we are losing our identity,” Wright said. “We need him. He’s our captain.”
So no jealousy or who’s-he-think-he-is feeling toward Chancellor?
“No, not at all,” Wright said, almost scoffing. “Players, we stick together.”
DeShawn Shead again played strong safety with the first team today. Journeyman Steven Terrell was the first-team free safety with Earl Thomas on the side doing conditioning work and on the physically-unable-to-perform list following shoulder surgery Feb. 24.
With offseason signing Cary Williams in his second preseason practice at right cornerback replacing the departed (to Philadelphia) Byron Maxwell, the “Legion of Boom” is actually “Richard Sherman and the Replacements” right now.
Good thing it’s Aug. 1.
WHAT I SAW
▪ LB Bruce Irvin and LT Russell Okung went at each other’s throats with late jabs well after plays ended three times late in practice. Coaches and teammates had to separate them. Irvin kept woofing at Okung, who didn’t back down. At one point, Irvin broke in and tackled rusher Rod Smith around the legs, a no-no in these no-contract practices. Finally, defensive line coach Dwaine Board pulled Irvin behind the huddle and talked to him. Fifteen minutes after practice ended, Okung was his normal, soft-spoken self and Irvin was holding kids in his arms and smiling for fans.
▪ When Marshawn Lynch is ending carries and catches so far in camp, he’s giving a confetti-like toss of the ball in the open field. For a guy who prides himself on rarely fumbling, it’s a noticeable preseason twist. Then again, he’ll likely get next-to-no carries in the exhibition games again this month.
▪ Brandon Mebane alternated with Jordan Hill as the first-team defensive tackle in team drills. Mebane is coming off a torn hamstring and turned 30. He said after practice, “30’s not old” and that he feels like he’s “25 or 24,” great physically. He said now it’s a mental challenge to get back all the way, and that he’s considered himself 100-percent healed since April.
▪ Jimmy Graham is still catching everything, with no one of the roster able to leap high enough to keep the ball from the 6-foot-7 monster tight end/every receiving position.
▪ Drew Nowak is still prominent with the starting offense at center, splitting time with Lemuel Jeanpierre again. Line coach Tom Cable is giving Nowak, a college defensive tackle and a practice-squad guard for Seattle last season, a loooooong look to replace Max Unger this season.
▪ DE Cassius Marsh sped around T Jesse Davis many, many times into the backfield on pass rushes. I could tell by the blur of tattoo ink whizzing past with Marsh’s sleeves pulled up on his white practice jersey. It’s a good sign for the high-motor Marsh from UCLA, whose rookie season last year ended with a broken foot.
▪ Taravaris Jackson threw deep ball after deep ball on target, two of them for scores to lunging, tumbling former Washington Husky Kevin Smith. Doug McNeill also caught three long balls by pulling away from defenders — though on a couple of those plays the defense would have had a sack were it a game.
▪ R.J. Archer, the third-string quarterback, throws the ball behind receivers a lot.
▪ The Seahawks came a little close to being down to their fifth and sixth safeties when numbers three and four, Terrell and Shead, nearly collided in midair trying to defend a Wilson pass to tight end Luke Willson down the middle. Both defenders got up without incident while Willson ran to the end zone with the ball.
▪ Robert Turbin, who sat out practice Friday, got some plays today.
▪ Former Kansas State defensive back Ty Zimmerman is on the roster, taking Chancellor’s place. Chancellor is on the reserve/did-not-report list.