Here are our usual Three Impressions from Seahawks practice today from beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.
1, Couple of small notes from the kicking game today. First, with kicker Steven Hauschka lining up to kick a 42-yard field goal, coach Pete Carroll called a timeout to simulate “freezing” Hauschka. Hauschka then made the kick. Hauschka also booted a 57-yard field goal that just cleared the crossbar.
2, Defensive tackle Jesse Williams left Wednesday’s practice on a cart. While the specifics or severity of his injury isn’t known, it’s not a good sign for Williams, a second-year player who missed all of last season because of injuries. Williams has had a history of injuries, which partly caused him to drop to the fifth round in the 2013 draft. He’s part of a crowded battle for a backup spot along the defensive line.
3, The play of the day goes to wide receiver Bryan Walters, who went sprinting across the end zone and managed to tap his toes before flying out of bounds. Walters, who is battling for a roster spot and is in the competition for the punt return job, has made a number of difficult catches during training camp.
And from Condotta
1, Seattle officially lists just five tight ends on its roster — Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Anthony McCoy, Cooper Helfet and RaShaun Allen. McCoy, though, is now out, likely for the year (as I write this we have not gotten an official prognosis from the team, but that appears to be the case). But it’s worth noting that recently-signed Morrell Presley is also playing tight end, giving Seattle five TEs on the field on Wednesday. When the team did an early tight end drill, with each going against a safety in a one-on-one pass situation, the order of the TEs was Miller, Willson, Helfet, Presley and Allen. We’ll see how the Seahawks proceed with this, if they think they have the answers to fill out the depth with what they have or if they will want to add a body. They could wait until cuts are made to try to add to the depth, since with Miller and Willson they have a solid and proven top two. Recall that’s sort of what they did last year when they cut Sean McGrath and went with two tight ends for the opening game (with tackle Mike Person essentially serving as a third TE) and then bringing in Kellen Davis. Seattle last year also used Alvin Bailey a lot at the end of the season as an eligible tackle. That could be another option.
2, Seemed like today was the most I’ve noticed Spencer Ware, who is another whose official roster designation — fullback — doesn’t really indicate his role on the field. Ware appears basically just a tailback now, and as such could become a factor with Marshawn Lynch still holding out. Ware had a couple of nice runs during a red-zone drill. Ware is listed at 5-10, 229 and definitely looks the part out there. And recall the team liked him a lot last year — he got hurt getting some carries in mop-up duty in the second game of the year against the 49ers and never played again, sitting out the rest of the year with a sprained ankle. Ware seems like a good bet to the make the roster anyway. But depending on what happens with Lynch, his role could take on greater importance.
3, Jayson wrote earlier about Bryan Walters, one of several receivers in that group below the locks who seem to take turns having good days. One of the locks who performed as should be expected by now was Doug Baldwin, who even appeared to beat Richard Sherman on an inside slant for a TD in a red zone drill (I say appear because I’m always a little reluctant to assign specific responsibility in some of these things since we don’t know for sure what the call was). Regardless, Baldwin appeaed to let Sherman know he’d gotten the better of him on the play. Another who stood out was Percy Harvin, who again also showed up with a fly sweep, a play that could become a real consistent weapon for the Seahawks this season.