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May 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Saturday rookie mini-camp news, notes and observations

Seattle’s second of three rookie mini-camp practices has concluded. It was held on a surprisingly nice day, given the somewhat pessimistic forecasts.

We did not have access to coaches today, but I will pass along some videos later of three of the draft picks who did meet the media.

For now, some news, notes and observations, beginning with one note on each of the team’s nine draft picks:

WR Paul Richardson — Seattle’s first selection in the draft did not practice today after ending Friday’s workout with a somewhat awkward collision. No official word on what he may have hurt, but it’s regarded as precautionary, nothing serious, though he also likely won’t practice Sunday. Frankly, he was good enough Friday that the team saw what it needed to see and doesn’t need him out there right now if he’s banged up at all.

OL Justin Britt — As advertised, Britt is playing right tackle, and when I put my focus on him today, he seemed to do pretty well. As a reminder, all observations have to be taken in the context that this is just rookie mini-camp. The expectation would be that high draft picks would perform well. Britt has so far, though. He seemed to show up most today getting quick out of the stance on a few zone blocking running plays.

DE Cassius Marsh — Marsh had at least one sack that I saw today, and has had some nice moments getting off the line. As advertised, he is playing primarily at the five-technique DE spot where Michael Bennett will start this season.

WR Kevin Norwood — With Richardson, Chris Matthews (out with a hamstring) and tryout player Lance Ray (unknown) all out today, Seattle had just four WRs, which meant a lot of work, and catches, for Norwood. Today he seemed to line up primarily outside, and did much of his damage on shorter, possession-type routes. One reception that stood out was a leaping grab of a Keith Price pass in traffic.

LB Kevin Pierre-Louis — KPL, as a shorthand way of referring to him, is playing weakside linebacker (where K.J. Wright was the primary starter a year ago). He looks more like Malcolm Smith physically, though. As you’ll see in the video later, he talked today about needing to get rid of some old college habits. But so far, nothing to indicate he isn’t the player the Seahawks hope he’ll be. He usually lined up at WLB today with the first defense alongside Mike Taylor in the middle.

DT Jimmy Staten — An impression of Staten today is more simply that for a guy listed at 6-3, 311, he seems pretty lean. You might not think he is 311 just by looking at him. Body-type, looks sort of like a little shorter Tony McDaniel, which I guess is fitting since that’s where he’s going to play primarily.

OT Garrett Scott — Scott remains out as the team is still trying to “get him through” the physical, as Pete Carroll said yesterday.

CB Eric Pinkins — Worth remembering that Pinkins was advertised as a big work-in-progress as the team attempts to transition him from safety to cornerback. It’s safe to say it’s still really early in that transition as Pinkins was again on the chasing end of a few completions. But again, it’s early.

FB Kiero Small — Small definitely looks the part of a “thumper,” as John Schneider described him on draft day. In no-pads settings like these, blocking is sort of hard to really judge. But he looks like he’s getting quick to the hole as a lead blocker, and he had at least one nice catch I saw out of the backfield.

A few more notes and observations:

— It was interesting watching an early special teams session, with backs and receivers among those working on getting off blocks in kick coverage. No doubt, the best way for almost any of these guys to make the team is special teams, and the Seahawks were unquestionably trying to see if any player really showed something there to stand out.

— Price had another really nice day, including a long TD pass to Morrell Presely and another long completion to Arceto Clark. Seattle has a loaded QB roster, to be sure, but Price I think has made a good impression so far.

— DT Andru Pulu is a hard one to miss in the middle of the defense. He looks totally different body-type wise than during his one season at UW, when he was more of an end, listed at 251. He’s now listed at 322 and looks more like Alameda Ta’amu. I wouldn’t rule out Pulu hanging around a while.

Johri Fogerson appeared to tweak a leg muscle of some sort early in the practice and from what I saw, did not return to any of the 11-on-11 action.

— One tryout guy who has had some nice moments is safety Markus Smith of Nevada. He also got a few plays at cornerback today. At 6-1, 195, he looks the part for a Seattle CB.

— Another guy who definitely looks the part is SS John Ojo of Florida A&M, listed at 6-3, 209.

— One of the biggest cheers of the day from coaches was reserved for DT Michael Brooks when he kept chasing after a running back 40 yards downfield. Simply teaching the intensity and manner of practice is a big deal to the coaches during these sessions.

— As noted, one more mini-camp practice tomorrow morning. Seattle is at the 90-player roster limit, so there’d have to be a cut for any of the tryout guys to get on the roster. There were no changes to the roster today, with 59 players remaining on the roster for the mini-camp.








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