Gregg Bell, Dave Boling recap a different day 4 at Seahawks training camp
WHAT IT WAS: Training camp’s fourth practice was different. The forecast for thunderstorms Tuesday led the Seahawks to move most of the full-pads practice onto their indoor field. Thus the 2,500 or so fans that had spots to watch the day’s practice outside were not able to attend. It was the final of four consecutive practice days before the players get Wednesday off from the field.
WHO SHINED: The offensive and defensive linemen were full-go and again getting after each other. Suffice to say veterans such as Michael Bennett (again), Justin Britt and others are testing rookies Germain Ifedi and Jarran Reed, both during and after snaps. And the new guys are more than holding their own. No Seahawk has done more for himself in these first four days than Ifedi. He absolutely will not yield, or back down from anyone, and Tuesday finished off blocks by driving guys into the turf. He’s been nasty. And Reed’s been a handful to block. The top two picks from May are doing what the Seahawks picked them to do so far. ... Trevone Boykin had his best day of camp so far. The undrafted rookie No. 2 quarterback zipped throws down the middle in team drills, including one down the hashmark in-stride to Douglas McNeil with a defender right on the receiver’s back hip. Still say Seattle gets a veteran QB to sign this preseason for experience in the case Russell Wilson misses his first time in his five-year career. But Boykin is making progress toward reducing that need (requirement?)... Rookie free-agent Pete Robertson from Texas Tech was the latest to get a turn as the first-team strong-side linebacker. Defensive coordinator Kris Richard says that competiton to replace departed Bruce Irvin could go five or six deep.
WHO SAT: Starters Doug Baldwin, Kam Chancellor and Jordan Hill missed practice. The team said it was a rest day for some veterans so they could have two days off, counting Wednesday’s players off day. ... Undrafted rookie running back Tre Madden, splashy in minicamps, was out. Defensive end Frank Clark was, too, one day after having ice on his lower right leg during drills. ... Jimmy Graham (knee surgery) and Thomas Rawls (recovering from a broken ankle) remain out and on the physically-unable-to-perform list. ... Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (calf) remains on the non-football-injury list.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m pretty happy. I’m pretty happy to be here. But, more is more.”-- Cornerback Richard Sherman, with a grin, when asked if the Seahawks were to give the unhappy Bennett more money now, with two years left on his deal, would he, Sherman, Earl Thomas and others also with multiple years left on their big deals also seek more.