Seahawks coach Pete Carroll appeared on ESPN 710 Seattle this morning in advance of the beginning of the team’s mini-camp later this afternoon.
Here are a few highlights:
— Maybe of most interest was Carroll’s response when asked about players on the current roster who have stood out during the off-season workouts. Carroll noted that guard James Carpenter is “trimmer than he’s been since he’s been here,” echoing the comments last week of offensive line coach Tom Cable. He also said second-year defensive end Benson Mayowa has put on 10-15 pounds (he was listed last year at 252), that second-year tight end Luke Willson has put on six-to-eight pounds (Willson was listed at 251) and that second-year running back Christine Michael “really looks great.”
— Most of the draftees and undrafted free agents have been in town for the last few days going through some drills, and Carroll said one who has stood out is UDFA Jackson Jeffcoat, a defensive end from Texas. Carroll noted that he had heavily recruited Jeffcoat while coach at USC and that “he has looked very good right out of the chutes here. He’s looked as good as any draft pick on the board.”
— In talking about whether the roster is set for 2014, Carroll said “we’re not done. Still some things to be done” though without elaborating. One notable thing still to get done, though, is a long-term contract for WR Doug Baldwin.
— Carroll, asked what he wants to see of the new players this weekend, said “we want to see their attitude and their mentality and how competitive are they?”
— Asked to assess the entire off-season, Carroll said it pretty much went to plan in terms of the players they had to let go to be able to sign Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett to new contracts or extensions. He called some of those moves “tough decisions. We’ll have to make them again next year but that’s just the way it goes. But (the off-season was done) with really a well thought-out plan. We have not been shocked by anything that has happened.”
— He said draftee Cassius Marsh will start out at the five-technique DE spot that Bennett plays, but also with the ability to play the three-technique DT spot (where Tony McDaniel is the starter).