Here we go with what we will make a regular feature on the blog throughout training camp — three impressions from beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.
1, The same guys who fielded punts during mini camp in June were in the mix on the first day of training camp: WR Percy Harvin, WR Doug Baldwin, S Earl Thomas, CB Richard Sherman, WR Bryan Walters, CB Phillip Adams and CB A.J. Jefferson. And, no, there’s still no clear favorite to win the job.
2, Offensive lineman James Carpenter looks in even better shape than he did last during mini camp in June. Coach Pete Carroll said Carpenter is weighing in in the “320s”. Carroll said last year that Carpenter was 340 pounds, which might have been on the low side. I don’t want to make too much of Carpenter’s weight loss because it really only matters if he plays better than he did last season. But Carpenter’s conditioning and weight were problems all last season and this is the first step to making changes from last season, when he struggled in a split role at left guard with Paul McQuistan.
3, Stephen Schilling, who attended Bellevue High School and spent the last three seasons with the Chargers, played center for the second-team offensive line. Lemuel Jeanpierre, the backup center a year ago who started three games in place of Max Unger, played guard. Schilling said he played center on the Chargers’ scout team; Jeanpierre got some work at guard last season.
1, The biggest injury news of the day, to me, is that Korey Toomer is out for a week or two with a hamstring injury. Toomer, recall, was one of the breakout stars of OTAs and mini-camp, playing primarily at strongside linebacker, a spot where the Seahawks have other injury issues at the moment with Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith still recovering from off-season surgeries. If healthy, Toomer would probably be running with the starting unit at SLB right now. Instead, today those reps largely went to Mike Morgan, a fourth-year vet who has also been a special teams standout. It’s really early, obviously, but it’s also going to be really competitive at linebacker. One linebacker (listed as a linebacker) who looked really good was O’Brien Schofield, who appeared to also get some first-team reps in the nickel, again taking advantage of the absence of some of the others.
2, As he often did in the spring, Jordan Hill usually ran with the starting defense at tackle when the team was in its nickel package, which the Seahawks might use more than their base defense this year with a few more pass-happy teams on the schedule, such as the Broncos and Chargers. Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett were typically the other DLs in that package, with Schofield, K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner at LBs and then Jeremy Lane at nickel corner along with the regular starting secondary (which for now has Jeron Johnson at strong safety with Kam Chancellor still out).
3, Undrafted free agent Dion Bailey impressed throughout the spring at strong safety, and had another nice play today, interception a Russell Wilson pass. On the play, Wilson rolled out and Bailey tipped it and then caught it. It was somewhat reminiscent of an interception Bailey made against Washington in 2012 when he was playing linebacker at USC.