Sorry for the late posting, but deadlines for other stories for the print edition took some precedence today.
The practice today included what was about two full quarters of scrimmaging, though it was not completely live since players were often whistled down on the touch (and the biggest news of the day was that there were no significant new injuries).
Wet conditions, the first of camp, led to some sloppy play with a few botched snaps and dropped passes punctuating things. There were also a few penalties for procedure and delay that didn’t help the offense.
The final score was 13-10, the backup offense (which went against the backup defense) beating the No. 1 offense (which went against the No. 1 defense).
Russell Wilson was unofficially 10-21 for 106 yards, one touchdown (of 13 yards to rookie tight end Luke Willson) and no interceptions, numbers that typify the kind of day it was for the offense.
To be fair to the offense, the Seahawks experimented with a lot of combinations on the offensive line and also played without their top two Harvin-less receivers in Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin, each of whom should be back soon, as well as tight end Zach Miller, who has been out all camp but also could be back soon.
Golden Tate was also limited, leaving quarterback Russell Wilson generally throwing to players who figure to be backups or will fight to make the team.
“The whole idea today was to just put them in situations and test them,” said coach Pete Carroll. “Was real disappointed we were real sloppy at the line of scrimmage today, fumbled snaps that we haven’t had at all with Russell and Max (Unger) which was unusual. But we needed to get out here. First day we’ve had any kind of weather, which was good. And the good part it is all easily correctable. But we had a lot of reps, a lot of good two-minute work, a nice two-minute drive that culminated with Luke catching the touchdown pass, which was nice and Steven Hauschka kicked the ball well (three field goals, including a 45-yarder into a smaller goal post that officially won the game) and the defense played good at the line of scrimmage, so it was a good day’s work.”
The other TD was scored by Christine Michael on a 1-yard run that came after a questionable pass interference penalty. Michael got a lot of work but like a lot of guys, had some trouble on the wet turf that helped mute his impact.
Asked who stood out, Carroll said: “I thought (receiver) Phillip Bates finished really well. I thought Russell did a really nice job of dealing with the issues that he had, loved the command that he had in the hurry-up sitiations. On the other side of the ball I thought (DT Tony McDaniel) did a really nice job, Tony was in the backfield quite a bit and looked active. Anxious to see the film on him. He’s a guy we are really watching to see if he can be a three-technique for us. Been up and down, but today he was really causing problems. “Been really happy with (O’Brien) Schofield. Right off the bat he has made an impression that he can play outside backer and help with our pass rush. I don’t see why that would changed based on his game film and that really adds to the competition for that spot with Malcolm (Smith) and Bruce (Irvin) so that’s a good deal for us.”
Bates unofficially had three catches for 43 yards, including two on the final drive, while Brett Swain was the leading receiver with four catches for 47 yards.
Carroll reiterated again that the receivers (other than Percy Harvin) who were out should all be back soon, saying “I’m not real worried” about the depth there or at tight end.
One of those who will be back is Rice, whom Carroll said should practice on Sunday.
Here are a few more quotes from Carroll:
— A total of 17 players sat out. The two new players who did not practice were WR Doug Baldwin and S Kam Chancellor. Carroll said Baldwin was just being rested after taking a lot of reps in practice this week and that Chancellor just needed some rest on the ankle on which he had surgery this off-season. “He’s not hurt. But as you know we are resting guys all the time trying to keep them healthy,” Carroll said.
— Of Michael, Carroll said: “He did fine. The running game wasn’t moving too much. The line of scrimmage was kind of tough. But he is doing a good job. Had one good run I know. He’s had a very good camp for us.”
— On the inability of the offense to move much Friday: “When you put us out there in a situation where you let us move the football we are making first downs and that’s Russell’s factor. He’s taking off a couple of times like he does in games and that’s kind of what our style is — run the football with great commitment, take our shots down the field and then he makes things happen.The combination of all that I think makes us pretty difficult to deal with.”
— Allen Bradford worked as the starting MLB with Bobby Wagner still out. Carroll said he needed to look at the film to see how he did but that “he has made a great impression, been physical on the practice field. This pre-season is going to be really crucial for him, so far he has done a nice job.
— Mike Morgan played some at the LEO/rush end spot today, as well and Carroll said the team is “getting some good flexibility” in the ability of players to play a number of different spots.
— J.R. Sweezy and Paul McQuistan were the starting guards. But John Moffitt and James Carpenter also had a few series with the starting unit as well. Carroll said they were just trying a number of different combinations — the No. 1 offense had eight possessions — to see how they all looked.
— Newly-signed free agent TE Andrei Lintz of Washington State did not play. Carroll said he “caught the ball really well and ran well” during a tryout during the week, earning a shot to make the team.
— Willson had worn a redshirt on Thursdsay after hurting his shoulder Wednesday but said he was fine on Friday. Carroll praised his attitude for wanting to not miss a practice with the injury and said it was “nice to see him make a play” on his TD catch.
— Carroll also praised the play of WR Bryan Walters, who had a couple of catches saying “he does it every day and he’s making a real pitch for himself.”
— The play that may have gotten the most notice happened before the scrimmage, in a non-contact drill, when WR Stephen Williams was upended while leaping for a pass by Winston Guy, who hit Williams before the ball arrived. Carroll called it a “terrible play that happened that never should have happened.” Williams “wrenched his neck a little” Carroll said, but returned to play in the scrimmage.