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What I saw, heard on day 3 of Seahawks training camp

Frank Clark wore an ice pack on his lower right leg instead of practicing Monday in the Seahawks’ first drills of training camp in shoulder pads. Coach Pete Carroll thought Clark’s issue was “minor.”
Frank Clark wore an ice pack on his lower right leg instead of practicing Monday in the Seahawks’ first drills of training camp in shoulder pads. Coach Pete Carroll thought Clark’s issue was “minor.” toverman@theolympian.com

WHAT WAS IT?: The third day of training camp was the first one in shoulder pads – and most entertaining one yet. It started in cool fog and ended two hours later in warm sunshine. After months of pitch and catch by backs and receivers essentially in underwear, the linemen demanded most of the attention. Their spirited pass-rush drill had the couple thousand fans and watching teammates roaring.

WHO SHINED: Richard Sherman ran in stride with second-year flyer Tyler Lockett on a 50-yard go route in team scrimmaging. Russell Wilson’s pass probably would have soared past most cornerbacks, but most aren’t three-time All-Pros. Sherman leaped and intercepted the pass above the shorter Lockett, holding onto the ball as he both tumbled to the turf. The crowd and entire opposite sideline of defenders went nuts. … Sherman also banged in physical, one-on-one battles with top receiver Doug Baldwin, knocking down a pass. … Second-round pick Jarran Reed bolted from his defensive-tackle stance and drove starting center candidate Justin Britt 4 yards back off the line before Britt stood up the rookie there during the pass-rush battles. … Brandon Browner got some of his first snaps with the starting defense, in nickel (five) and dime (six) defensive-back sets as the deep safety playing center field. DeShawn Shead again was the starting right cornerback opposite Sherman with Jeremy Lane the nickel back and Kelcie McCray the dime. … Former Skyline High School star Jake Heaps has looked good early in camp, throwing accurate passes and making quick, usually accurate decisions. … Wide receiver Antwan Goodley leveled an outside defender with a run block on a sweep, then one play later leaped along the opposite sideline in the end zone to snare Heaps’ pass with one hand in the end zone. That was the final play of the spirited practice.

WHO SAT: Coach Pete Carroll said the broken bone in tight end Cooper Helfet’s foot will require surgery. That will put Helfet likely weeks behind in the crowded battle for perhaps one spot behind recuperating Jimmy Graham and entrenched No. 2 tight end Luke Willson. Brandon Williams, formerly of the University of Oregon, Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins, has been getting some first-team time along with third-round pick Nick Vannett as a first-team tight end. Helfet’s making the first-game roster for the third consecutive season is in jeopardy. … Carroll said C.J. Prosise has a "grade-one" (lower severity) right hamstring strain that could sideline him for five to eight more days. The rookie running back and third-round pick missed his second consecutive full day. … Defensive end Frank Clark had an ice pack on his lower right leg instead of practicing, but Carroll said he though that was just a "minor" issue.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Getting married at the Four Seasons in Seattle was one of her lifelong dreams. I wanted to give her one of her lifelong dreams." – Shead, discussing getting married recently to his wife Jessica at the fancy hotel in downtown Seattle.

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