The Seahawks changed gears on us today, letting the media know this morning that today’s OTA would indeed be open.
The reason is that the Seahawks will not take the field for their final OTA tomorrow, instead meeting and holding other workouts.
“We’ll really wrap up OTA season tomorrow with a workout rather than on-the-field stuff,” said coach Pete Carroll. “We’ve had great work to work four days in a row prior to next week’s mini-camp thought it would be better to adjust the way we are doing it. OTAs have gone great. We have had tremendous opportunity to see our guys come back and get after it with the right attitude and the right kind of tempo that we are familiar with and also see the young guys fitted in. They did a great job of fitting in throughout. So we made a ton of progress and we will break this weekend and come back with really what is the final exam of the off-season with the mini-camp coming up. So everything is working great and we are really pleased with it.”
Carroll also provided some good personnel updates of players who were out or limited today.
Here are a few:
— OL Breno Giacomini was absent all week. Said Carroll: “He went back to New York to get some tests done on a knee that has been bothering him a little bit. He is coming back, no surgery required or nothing. He’s been working out. He could have practiced this week but we wanted to make sure we took the time to do the right thing, so he’s in good shape and that’s a positive report for us.’’
— RB Marshawn Lynch, however, was back today after having been absent Monday. He appeared to work usually with the second and third units, but that’s nothing to read into, apparently. Said Carroll: “He had a nice day today. He got a little running room, made a couple of moves. He’s in really good shape. We’re trying to get him all the way through this off-season and get him ready for the real season. We know what Marshawn can do as long as he is in good shape and he’s in fantastic shape. He’s hard as a rock and he’s worked really hard to this point, so it’s really just take the next step, the next step, get him through mini-camp and then get him to the summer time and show up to camp and get him through the pre-season so that he’s right and ready to go. There is so much wear on the tire and we don’t want to wear down now, we are not at that point where we should be pushing that as long as he is in great condition, which he is, so pleased with his progress at this point.’’
— DE Chris Clemons was the only other player not present, home rehabbing his knee. Carroll said he thinks Clemons is on track to be ready for the season. “He does have a shot to be ready according to the doctors. He’s got a chance, and we’ll just wait and see how it goes. But like I said from the beginning, we’re not going to rush it.” Carroll also said he’s ahead of schedule and that he will be present for the mini-camp though won’t do anything on the field. “He’ll just be with us.”
— Guard James Carpenter remains out after recently having arthroscopic surgery on his knee. But Carroll said he thinks Carpenter will be back for the beginning of training camp. “That’s a real shot,” he said. “Carp has done well. I think by that ttime that’s not too much to ask at all. We have to get him in shape, and that’s the hardest part when he can just do the rehab work still. But he is running now. He’s ready to make a big push I would think in the next month to show how far he can take it.”
— WR Percy Harvin also sat out with what Carroll said is “a little bit of a hip flexor thing that’s bothering him so we didn’t want to push it right now. We’re trying to get him back next week, so we rested him a couple days. He’s done tons of work and looks great. We have no question what he can do and where he’s fitting and he understands the offense. We just want to be very cautious with anybody that’s got anything show.”
— Also out today was S Kam Chancellor. Said Carroll: “Kam had ankle surgery and just didn’t want him to go these days in a row. He’ll be back next week ready to go. Jesse Williams (rookie DT, knee) was like that too.”
— Asked if DE Cliff Avril, battling a foot issue, will be back for mini-camp, Carroll said: “He’ll be ready to do some stuff. He’s running now. You can see him running out here. I don’t think we’ll put him in the competitive situations, but he’ll get some early work in practice.”
— And also out today was rookie CB Tharold Simon. Said Carroll: “He came in with an old foot injury that he played with all last year, and we just want to make sure, it’s kind of stress-fracture-looking thing but it isn’t that yet. We just don’t want it to progress right now, so we just want to lay off it and give him a ton of time to get back. He did practice with us and he looked really good. He could go full speed, but his foot still bothered him. It’s just something that hasn’t been attended to with the way we’re going to try to and see if we can make it go away.”
— With Giacomini out, rookie Michael Bowie worked regularly with the first unit at right tackle. Said Carroll: “Michael’s done a nice job. He’s athletically looking capable. We’ve got to get into pads and do all that kind of stuff. But Michael got a great chance to show and it was cool to have him with the first group out there and stressed by that and he handled himself well so a good initial statement that he made that he looks like he can fit in. We’ve got a lot of ground to make up here and all that but very pleased with him.’’
— John Moffitt also got a lot of work with the starting unit at right guard, earning this praise from Carroll: “He’s in the best shape since we’ve had him. He’s in better shape than when he got here. He’s leaner and I think stronger than he’s been. Another guy to mention is (OL) Mike Person, like (tight end) Sean McGrath, you can see the benefits of being here year round. It really has made a difference for those guys.”
— Another breakout player of the OTAs has been cornerback Walter Thurmond, healthy for the first time in roughly two years. “Walter is physically capable of showing off, really,” Carroll said. “He is a tremendous athlete. He has been in a situation where he’s kind of had to hold back a little bit for a long time and he’s really able to go for it now. He’s got extraordinary quickness. He’s a playmaker and he’s fighting to play a bunch, not just to be around here, so it’s kind of been a guy we have had in mind that we don’t know if he’s going to make it or not because he’s been so banged up. But now he is right, he is over that hump, and he has really prepared himself to have a great camp.’’
As for a few other observations:
— TE Luke Willson also had a solid day and turned in maybe the play of the day with a diving TD grab of a Russell Wilson pass.
— DL Brandon Mebane had his second interception this week of a tipped pass, this one a Mike Morgan deflection of a Brady Quinn pass. Said Carroll:“Yes, yes, that’s two this week and he says he is going to start putting a string together or something like that. The return was not that good but the pick was nice.’’
— Otherwise, however, Quinn appeared to have one of his better days and there seems no real doubt right now that he’s the backup QB.
— TB Christine Michael got a lot of work with the ones and had another solid day, showing off his pass-catching skills throughout. He also shows a good ability to quickly turn and get upfield after making the catch.
— As Carroll mentioned, McGrath has also been a standout in this OTA and had a couple grabs Wednesday, including a leaping catch in traffic.
And below is some video of Carroll’s opening statement, as well as a minute or two of safety Earl Thomas talking to the media.