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August 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Thursday links: Camp ends, Coleman perseveres


The Seahawks will be on the field at 10 a.m. today for what is officially their last practice of training camp.

Three weeks indeed seems to have gone pretty darn fast, and we’ll have a post later today wrapping up the highs and lows of training camp.

One player making a name for himself the last three weeks is running back Derrick Coleman, above in a John Lok photo scoring a touchdown  last week against San Diego.

Here’s our story on Coleman for today’s paper, detailing how he has overcome a hearing disability to make a legitimate run at an NFL roster spot.

Can he make it this camp with the Seahawks?

The numbers indicate it won’t be easy.

The Seahawks would likely keep no more  than five running backs, and at first glance those five would likely be Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and Michael Robinson and draft picks Christine Michael and Spencer Ware.

Coleman is attempting to help himself by playing both tailback  and fullback as well as a flurry of special teams.

Running backs coach Sherman Smith said Coleman played more fullback than tailback last week against the Chargers but will  likely play more tailback this week against Denver.

“If he’s a fullback, we know he can play tailback for us,” Smith said. “That gives us great versatility with our numbers and stuff. But I know he can play tailback for us — there’s no question about that.”

Coleman’s special teams play could also factor in. As noted in the story, he was regarded as one of the better special teams players in the Pac-12 throughout his career at UCLA and has shown some of that same ability with the Seahawks. It was telling when coach Pete Carroll included Coleman among the young players he cited for praise in the moments after the win over the Chargers.

Coleman, though, said he isn’t obsessing over the roster.

“I’m not really worried about that,” he said. “I’m just going to go out there and put good things on the field and show the coaches that I can play, I can be an impact player on this team, I can help this team get to where it needs to be. And I’m going to let the pieces fall where they will.”


— Here’s our notebook with items on Cliff Avril and Tony McDaniel;

— And here’s our daily camp glance;

—’s Mike Sando’s daily look around the NFC West;

— Sando also talked to LB/DE O’Brien Schofield;

— wraps up the day;

Pat Kirwan of offers 10 storylines on Seattle’s season;

Brandon Browner and Michael Bennett on a National Football Post list of 25 players entering their contract year;

— The Sports Network previews the Seattle-Denver game;

Bobby Wagner talked about the Seattle defense in an interview on the NFL Network.


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