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June 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

A few more odds and ends from Pete Carroll

Much of Pete Carroll’s meeting with the media after Tuesday’s mini-camp focused on Marshawn Lynch, and has been passed along here already.

Here are a few other quotes on a few other players/topics from that session:

On how he feels the team did making the step from OTAs to what they’re being asked to do in mini-camp: “Well, we’ve practiced so well to this point that it’s really just an extension of the tempo and the style of practice. Because it is the finishing opportunity for us, we really want to execute well and do things right. We had a good, sharp day today. Everybody’s in it; everybody’s kind of pumped up and they know it’s the finish. It’s the last chance for everybody to work together. As we break, after this week, guys will be on their own working out. So we want to really max this out and make everything we can out of it. So first day was a really good start for us.”

On Kevin Williams mentioning how fast the tempo of practice was: “Yeah, I haven’t talked to Kevin yet but I’m real anxious to talk to him. He’s been around a long time, been around a lot of football, and I’m anxious to hear what his impression is at the end of this whole camp.”

On the addition of Kevin Williams: “Well, we always have cherished big guys and there was a spot, we thought, for Kevin. We’ve talked to him for a really long time; we’ve talked to him throughout the off-season with the thought of maybe getting this worked out. We have tremendous respect for the person that he is, the competitor that he is, the leader that he is. He’s a big man that plays tough. We want him to play good, physical football for us like he always has. We’re not going to ask him to do anything different than what he’s done. We’re asking him to go in his role and see how much he can help us. Tony McDaniel has done a great job for us. We’d like to use both those guys at the same time on the field when we want to get big and strong, and we’ll figure that out in time. But we feel very fortunate at this time to add to our team and the things that we’ve accomplished at this point a guy like Kevin. He just brings a tremendous amount to our club and so we’re really excited about that.”

On what role he sees Kevin Williams filling: “Well, you know, Red [Bryant] had been a pretty big guy in this program for years and we utilized the strengths of the big man, big player like that. I think Kevin has been a fantastic three-technique in this league for years and years. He adds so much to your team as well because he’s such a great competitor and all that. Those qualities jump out and you know how much we cherish that make up of an individual. He brings it. Everybody loves what he’s about. We had him in earlier in the process, learned about him, studied him, talked to a million people about him and he’s just come out as a great guy to add that brings the big body dimension to us that we can utilize.”

On others who may compete for the DT spot:Jesse Williams has had a great camp and we are really excited that he is now back in the competition of it. He’s 328 or something like that, a big kid, and he will be battling for those spots, as well as the other guys.”

On Tharold Simon: “I’m really excited about this guy, now. He has had a fantastic off-season for us. He didn’t get all of it, he got the second half of it. But everything that he has done has been on the top upside of things. I really like that his teammates are really rallying for him and they are excited for him because they know it’s been a long haul, last year sitting out and the uncertainty of sitting out. He’s really competed well, he’s exactly the kind of guy we like. He’s real tall and real long and he’s run very well down the field and covered the deep ball extremely well. So we’re excited to get him in pads. A long ways to go here, but he’s had a great OTA season and we are really excited about him getting in the mix and competing. It’s real pleasing because we just didn’t get to see anything out of him, he didn’t get to practice at all to speak of last year, so really this is the first time we have seen him.”

On Benson Mayowa: “He’s had a great off-season. Benson probably put on 12-14 pounds, something like that, really muscle weight from working really hard. He really earned that right to be a bigger guy, didn’t just eat his way to it, he worked out to get it done. We’ll have to get the pads on and see how it goes, but that’s exactly what we had hoped would happen this off-season that he would get stronger and thicker, and of course he’s come back with a greater understanding of what we want. So he’s looked quick and fast out here, so we’ll see how he does.”


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