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What I saw, heard and thought on the 11th practice day of Seahawks training camp

Gregg Bell, Dave Boling recap 11th Seahawks practice, explain the O-line

The offensive line is likely to have new starters at all five positions this season. And it changed again on Thursday.
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The offensive line is likely to have new starters at all five positions this season. And it changed again on Thursday.

WHAT WAS IT: Summer returned for the 11th practice of training camp, which was in helmets and no pads. Warm sun instead of fog was a change. What didn’t change: Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett again meeting with kids on the field after practice and leading relay races with them. "No, you have to hop!" Bennett, the father of three daughters, said at one point to the young grade-schoolers. "Like this. Like a horse."

WHO SHINED: Rookie second-round pick Jarran Reed was back as the starting defensive tackle one day after he left the field in a camp because his lower leg got stepped on by a blocker. Reed is pushing hard to be the opening-game starter next to Ahtyba Rubin, departed Brandon Mebane’s old spot. … Trevone Boykin had what line coach Tom Cable said was the undrafted rookie quarterback’s best day of camp for communicating with his offensive line. During a red-zone drill, the former quick, minimal-read trigger man of a spread offense at TCU noticed a blitz coming. He changed the linemen’s protection call with an audible. Then he zipped a quick pass outside for a completion to recently signed tight end Clayton Echard. Exactly how Boykin needs to do it in the four upcoming preseason games to win the No.-2 quarterback job. … Offensive tackle Bradley Sowell continued his good week, after a poor first one of camp. He repelled Bennett at the start of the daily pass-rush drill, something few Seahawks have done in camp. Bennett got even a few minutes later with one of his lightning-quick hand moves past Sowell. During team scrimmaging Sowell was the starting left tackle and Garry Gilliam, who’s been the left tackle, back to the right tackle he was as a starter all last season. … This has been converted defensive end Cassius Marsh’s week to be the starting strong-side linebacker. Last week it was Mike Morgan. Eric Pinkins and Kevin Pierre-Louis are also allegedly in the competition, but all I’ve seen is Marsh and Morgan in with the first team. … Doug Baldwin returned to full participation after a week out with an Achilles pain. The No. 1 wide receiver ended practice with a tumbling touchdown catch on a pass from Russell Wilson out of the slot position. He then got mobbed by every Seahawks offensive player back to Dan Doornink. … Don’t be surprised if you see No. 92 for Seattle in early Saturday night on the defensive line in the preseason opener at Kansas City. Undrafted rookie Brandin Bryant from Florida Atlantic got more first-team reps. … Rookie running back Alex Collins was full go after missing a couple days with a sore ankle. … Baldwin said No. 3 QB Jake Heaps has been, "on paper," the most accurate passer in camp. Yes, that includes Wilson, who led the NFL in passer rating last season. … Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga came off the non-football-injury list to make his camp debut. … Rookie defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson was back practicing after missing two days. … Seattle waived defensive end Montese Overton and signed free-agent defensive end Tylor {CQ} Harris.

WHO SAT: Sowell and Gilliam were the tackles because starting right tackle J’Marcus Webb sat out. Wednesday Webb had an ice pack on his right knee. Cable said Thursday the team wasn’t yet sure the exact nature of Webb’s injury. … Four-year veteran Jordan Hill (groin) remained out. He’s opened the door that Reed has bulled through onto the first team. … C.J. Prosise, Zac Brooks and Kasen Williams remained out with hamstring issues. … Rookie defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson was out for a second straight day. … Strong safety Kam Chancellor rested for the third time in four days. … Running back Thomas Rawls rested after two straight workout days. He came off the physically-unable-to-perform list on Tuesday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think our plan is to get him in the game and go for it. To his credit, he’s played enough, so there’s some things he can adapt. But there’s some things he’s maybe not totally comfortable with, so we’ll stay away from that." – Cable, saying new, 10-year veteran guard Jahri Evans will play Saturday at Kansas City, seven days after he signed as a free agent. Evans has been without a team since New Orleans let him go this spring.

 

 

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