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May 16, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Pete Carroll after first day of rookie mini-camp: “Fun to feel the energy of the young guys”

Here’s more of what Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had to say today after the team’s first of three rookie mini-camp workouts today at the VMAC.

Included are his thoughts on a couple of draft picks who had nice days — receiver Paul Richardson and defensive end Cassius Marsh — as well as Keith Price, Korey Toomer, and more:

On quarterback Keith Price: “I think the workout that he had with us before and being with the coaches a little bit, he did a nice job today.”

On how does it feel to be back on the field” “It was fun. I recognized that it was the first day back out doing football stuff officially since the last ball game. So it was fun to be back out, fun to feel the energy of the young guys. They’re so excited about being part of it so it was a good day out here.”

On if there is anyone that he is particular he is excited about: “No, there is no one player. There are so many guys, I can’t wait to get in and see the film so we could watch everybody, but there is a lot of good stuff. The receivers really show up. They really jump out at us, that’s Kevin Norwood and Paul Richardson. They have done really well the first couple of days and then today they did it again so it was fun to see that.”

On Paul Richardson: “Well I want to see the deep ball that he caught. Keith Price chucked one to him and he looked great on that one. I was on the wrong end of the field to see it so I’m anxious to see that on film. There is no question on how fast he is; he has great speed.”

On how much does he take into consideration that it is day one when evaluating the guys: “We didn’t install a lot, but we installed enough to challenge them and that’s part of it. We won’t do a lot through these three days, we would rather see them play then to see them learn, but you can tell. You can tell when the guys are having trouble. It’s interesting that Zach Zulli hasn’t called a play in the huddle in five years so he’s working at getting his formations right and getting the play calls right, it’s unusual for them to do that because they signal everything from the sideline. Everyone has a little challenge, and he has a special one.”

On Jackson Jeffcoat impressing him to this point: “So far. I need to see the film to see how he did today, but in the workouts he’s looked really good. He’s a really good athlete, he fits in athletically with the guys that play for us, same size and speed and all of that. He was very productive in college in a big program so we’re anxious to see if he can push and fight for a spot here.”

On what position Jackson Jeffcoat plays: “He’s playing LEO right now. So we see him competing at that spot until we know more. He could be an outside backer playing the other side as well, but right now that is where we’re checking him out.”

On Garrett Scott not practicing: “We’re still working on that. To get him through the physical.”

On recruiting Jackson Jeffcoat after the draft ended: “Absolutely. It was very heated for about an hour and a half or so after the draft was over. We were all over it. Kenny Norton did a great job. He went back to his old days when he was recruiting and he did a good job.”

On Cassius Marsh: “Yeah he’s a real natural pass rusher. He has great stuff already. You can see he has really good hands and has a good feel for it. What will be important as we move on is to figure out where he could best fit in. We’ll be real open to seeing that. Right now he’s kind of playing like Michael Bennett plays.”

On Korey Toomer: “Yeah Korey looked good today. Korey has had great workouts throughout phase one and phase two. He’s in great shape and he’s very determined. That’s one of the guys that’s really exciting to see him have another chance at it. He really didn’t get started well last year, he got hurt so we’re all pulling for him.”

On if he mentions the Super Bowl when speaking to the guys: “Yeah I think it would be wrong just to ignore it. We do put it into perspective and really it’s a long time ago already. It’s already way in the past; it really doesn’t have anything to do with how we go forward unless we take it with us. We have our sights set on what we’re doing now, which is getting a great offseason put together with great work ethic with guys busting and competing like always. We’re real proud, we’re real proud of what happened, but that really was in the past so we just look ahead. I share that with the young guys too because they come in here and they don’t know what to expect. The last thing we’re going to do is to be pounding our chest for something about that that has nothing to do with anything.”

On how difficult is it to evaluate guys over these three days: “It’s the rookie minicamp evaluation. We take all of that into account. It is difficult and it just is what it is. It’s great to have them out here, it’s great to get them in situations where they’re running around and they have all of the guys to react to. It’s a lot different than phase two where you go against no opposition at all. There’s no decision making going on so you can’t evaluate guys. Here you can.”

On Chris Matthews not practicing: “He’s got a little hamstring that is bothering him so we’re going to keep him quiet. He’s close, but we didn’t want to push it this weekend.”

On his impressions so far of Chris Matthews: “You see his stature; he’s a big dude out here. We’re going to see if he can play big. Not all tall guys play big. Again we been in phase one and two so we don’t know anything about that, but he’s a good looking kid. He’s learning as far as catching the ball and all of that stuff and he’s learning well, but it will take time. We’ll have to get all the way in OTA’s and minicamp and stuff before we can start to get a feel for that.”

On having tryout guys make them team and previous years and does he share that message with the guys trying out: “Sure. They know. We’ve made that clear. Is that to help motivate them and try harder, that’s not really the point. The point is we need these guys to work every day and give us the best they have. We have a great mentality about looking for the talent and giving them the opportunity. I think they knew that coming in. We were very adamant about making the agents understand the kind of opportunity we present guys. Now it’s about the day and working and focusing on what’s right in front of them. Those big picture things I don’t think it’s going to push them a whole lot differently.”

On how does Keith Price look: “Well he’s done well. He’s done real well. He looks like he’s been around. He looks like he’s been close enough to us. He’s run more similar stuff and he has a great advantage over Zach Zulli because he’s run an offense where they’ve called stuff as well as being at the line of scrimmage. He’s got more background in that regard and you can tell.”

On heading to the White House on Wednesday: “That’s going to jump on us pretty quick here. We’ll work out on Tuesday and then head straight to the airport. That’s a great honor for all of us. That’s one of the couple of big things that have happened here in the offseason that take you back to the Super Bowl. I’ve tried to get the guys ready for that so that they realize that that’s still part of the celebration from before and we have to deal with that really well. It’ll be great fun and the guys are really looking forward to that and we all are.”

On Marshawn Lynch starring in his own biopic: “That’s the first I’ve heard of it. They didn’t ask me anything about the script, and I have not been asked to play myself. Really If I had a chance I’d play Richard.”

On Dillon Baxter: “I’m excited to see him, I really am. It was fun to be on the field with him because I watched him as a freshman do extraordinary things. I think his senior year in high school he was responsible for 75 touchdowns. He was one of the best players in America. Things didn’t come together and work out, I’m glad we could give him an opportunity to get in our camp and see what he can do. We’ll move him around some, he’s an extraordinary athlete and we’ll see how it shows up. I couldn’t tell you anything about what happened today. I’m glad to give him this opportunity though.”



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