Here are our daily impressions from practice. First, from Jayson Jenks, and then from Bob Condotta:
1, The offensive line continues to operate under patchwork conditions. Left tackle Russell Okung, right tackle Michael Bowie and guard James Carpenter all sat out Thursday’s practice because of injuries. That meant the first-team offensive line on Thursday looked like this: tackles Justin Britt and Alvin Bailey, guards Caylin Hauptman and J.R. Sweezy and center Max Unger. Only two of those players — Sweezy and Unger — are expected to start this season, although Britt is in a battle with Bowie and Eric Winston for the starting spot at right tackle.
2, There were lots of penalty flags thrown during Thursday’s practice, and after a couple of the penalties, I noticed coach Pete Carroll went over and talked to a couple of the officials. After practice, Carroll explained that he was trying to understand the new interpretations of the rules and get explanations for calls so he could pass them along to his players.
3, The Seahawks worked on their two-minute offense for part of the practice. They started at their own 35-yard line and put 1:20 on the clock. It also allowed them to work on getting their field-goal units on the field quickly at the end of halves and games.
And from Condotta;
1, As I noted earlier, the Seahawks were noticeably shy of receivers today with Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin, Kevin Norwood and Paul Richardson all sitting out (as well as newly-acquired David Gilreath). That left a lot of work for those who were healthy and some fairly unique receiver combinations. The starters were usually Kearse, Bryan Walters and Ricardo Lockette with Phil Bates rotating in. And that gives a pretty good idea of who is behind the WRs who are considered locks. Of those, Bates is receiving the most praise, singled out afterward by both Carroll and Russell Wilson. Said Wilson: “Bates has looked tremendous. He’s done such a good job all off season. I remember last year I had said that Jermaine Kearse was going to be the guy to kind of come out and prove himself because I remember down in Hermosa [California] after my rookie year that he did a tremendous job. Then I had been telling some people that Phillip Bates was going to be that guy this year. He’s just a guy that’s worked so hard.”
2, With Zach Miller resting today, the TE spot also looked pretty thin with Anthony McCoy now out for the year. That had Luke Willson going with the No. 1 unit all day and Cooper Helfet with the backups. RaShaun Allen, an undrafted free agent, also got lots of work and had a couple nice catches. And Morrell Presley, recently signed and listed as a receiver but playing TE, had a touchdown catch during a 7-on-7 drill from Terrelle Pryor that was as pretty as any play all day. The team, though, continues to look for other options at the spot as Adam Schefter Tweeted today:
With Seattle placing TE Anthony McCoy on injured reserve today, Seahawks worked out former Pats, Bucs, Chiefs TE Steve Maneri.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2014
Maneri has six receptions and 10 starts in four seasons, playing most recently last year with the Bears.
3, Jackson Jeffcoat, an undrafted free agent from Texas, is now also getting some work at strongside linebacker as well as the LEO rush end spot. It makes some sense since the two spots have a lot of similarities and the Seahawks also are shy of healthy SLBs right now with Malcolm Smith, Bruce Irvin and Korey Toomer all still out.