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July 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Practice impressions from Jenks and Condotta

As always, here are some impressions from today’s Seahawks practice from beat reporters Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.

First, Jenks:

1, We saw both sides of rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson today. Richardson’s speed pops off the field, and you notice it right away. But the other side of Richardson, the side cautioning that he’s still a rookie and work in progress, also showed up. He got jammed a couple of times at the line of scrimmage, although on one of those plays he worked back toward the line of scrimmage after getting jammed and caught the pass. He also dropped a pass over the middle that hit him right in the hands.

2, Offensive tackle Michael Bowie didn’t practice after tweaking his shoulder during yesterday’s practice. That opened the door for rookie Justin Britt to once again work with the first-team offensive line. It’s unclear how long Bowie will be out, and Carroll said yesterday that by Bowie being out he “opened the door” for Britt.

3, The Seahawks continue to tinker with guys along the defensive line. They love versatility and right now they have a few guys who can slide between defensive end and defensive tackle: Cassius Marsh, Michael Bennett, Greg Scruggs. That gives them a number of options to look at when defending the pass or run, and it will be interesting to see what roles different players take on as we get closer to the season.

And from Condotta:

1, One of the big stories of the spring was the return to shape of James Carpenter, who then took firm control of the starting left guard spot. As training camp begins, nothing has changed. Carpenter looks in the best shape of his life and the left guard spot is his. He had another good practice Saturday, at one point clearing out a hole to create a big run that got offensive line coach Tom Cable so excited that he ran after Carpenter to give him a High-5. J.R. Sweezy also appears unopposed at the right guard spot, meaning a position that a year ago had all sorts of questions is now about as stable as can be.

2, One receiver who can now just be written in ink as a key part of this team is Jermaine Kearse. Maybe that’s not a surprise given what he did a year ago. Still, this is a program built on competition and some of the additions gave at least some cause to wonder if Kearse would feel any heat. Instead, he look like one  of the core players of the team now, on Saturday again turning in a few highlight-reel catches — once beating zone coverage deep to catch a pass down the sidelines, doing so with the seeming assuredness of a veteran, which he now is. Staying on receivers, though, I think right now that Kearse, Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin and Paul Richardson are locks and that Kevin Norwood is just about a lock. And as of today, if the team were to keep a sixth, I think it’d be Ricardo Lockette. Both Russell Wilson and Darrell Bevell mentioned him after practice, Bevell saying he looks miles ahead of when he was with the Seahawks the first time around.  “His understanding is a lot better now,” Bevell said.

3, New signee Steven Terrell got thrown right into the mix at backup free safety, a spot that remains pretty wide open. DeShawn Shead has also played there some, and undrafted free agent Dion Bailey was also playing there a little bit day. Terrance Parks has also gotten some play there. Overall, that’s a spot that remains as mysterious as any on the team.


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