Beat writer Gregg Bell recaps first day of Seahawks training camp
WHAT: The first day of camp Saturday was an approximately two-hour practice in helmets and no pads. A hillside packed with a couple thousand screaming fans watched on a cool, foggy morning, before the sun came out late in drills.
WHO SHINED: WR Paul Richardson looked as if he hadn’t lost the last two seasons to knee reconstruction and a pulled hamstring. He repeatedly zoomed down the field, most notably on a long touchdown catch past reserve DB George Farmer. If he can stay healthy – and that’s been the huge "if" -- Seattle’s second-round pick in 2014 could join Tyler Lockett as deep speed threats the team hasn’t employed consistently in Pete Carroll’s coaching tenure. … Brandon Browner got chest bumps from fellow DB Richard Sherman and Carroll after he raced to the sideline to break up a pass. Browner is playing safety for now. Carroll said the defense is already preparing the 31-year old for unique, matchup roles in his return-to-Seattle season. Carroll marveled how uniquely sized the 6-4, 220-pound Browner is as a defensive back. … DeShawn Shead was the first-team right cornerback opposite Sherman, with Jeremy Lane inside as nickel back. … Mike Morgan was the first strong-side LB, with Cassius Marsh behind him. … Jordan Hill was first at defensive tackle next to Ahtyba Rubin, in the former spot of departed Brandon Mebane. Rookie Jarran Reed was No. 2 behind Hill. … Justin Britt was the first-team center, with 2015 starter Patrick Lewis No. 2.
WHO SAT: Seattle put recuperating tight end Jimmy Graham and running back Thomas Rawls on the physically-unable-to-perform list, as expected. Both can begin practicing at any time. Carroll said the team will evaluate both starters after the first four days of camp, but that there’s no rush. The plan is still for both to start the opening game Sept. 11. … Rookie third-round pick C.J. Prosise did not do any work at running back after Carroll said he tweaked his hamstring in special-teams work during the first minutes of camp. "I don’t know what that means," the coach said. … Bradley Sowell was the first-team left tackle, as the team limited starter Garry Gilliam as a precaution. Gilliam had surgery in the spring to remove a cyst in his knee but says he’s fine. Carroll said Gilliam may be full-go in a week. … Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga, a free-agent signing this offseason, went on the non-football-injury list (calf). … Carroll confirmed the retirement of defensive end Chris Clemons after 13 NFL seasons. "He just didn’t want to play anymore," the coach said.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Coach Carroll, have you seen any changes in Russell Wilson in the three weeks since the quarterback got married to singer Ciara? "He is smiling a lot."
--Gregg Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org)