Here we go with our daily Three Impressions from Seahawks practice from beat reporters Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.
1, Not a surprise, but offensive tackle Alvin Bailey should join the competition at right tackle once Russell Okung is fully healthy. Bailey has spent all offseason with the first-team offensive line at left tackle, but coach Pete Carroll said he’s an option at right tackle once Okung is all the way back. Rookie Justin Britt and veteran Eric Winston are currently battling for the right tackle job.
2, Weird observation of the day: cornerback Byron Maxwell stood in the end zone early in practice and kept tilting his head to look back into the sun. Maxwell then held up his hands like he was going for an interception. It was like watching an outfielder try to figure out how the sun was going to affect a fly ball.
3, Defensive lineman Michael Brooks was flagged for a hands-to-the-face penalty in a one-on-one blocking drill against Max Unger. That’s a major emphasis this year: Any hands to the face from an offensive or defensive player is going to be a flag this season.
And from Condotta:
1, It was interesting seeing B.J. Daniels get as much work at QB as he did today. Maybe it means nothing — coach Pete Carroll said they wanted to get him ready for the Denver game. But he’s hardly gotten any reps throughout camp — and just one of 12 series in the scrimmage Saturday. But that drive resulted in just one of the three scores on the day, all field goals. Makes you wonder if they are suddenly feeling a little urgency to see if Daniels is worth keeping. The assumption all along has been that it’s Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor battling for the other QB spots, and whether Seattle keeps one or two backups. But maybe they want to see if Daniels can beat out, say, Pryor. Pryor led one field goal drive in four possessions Saturday.
2, The two new OLs — Wade Smith and Cory Brandon — got thrown right into the fire. Smith worked at guard and Brandon at tackle. Each got some significant reps in the team session and in one-one-one drills against the other DLs. Brandon in particular seemed to have some good moments in the one-on-ones. Far too early at this point to say if either or both has a chance to make it, though Smith would seem far more likely due to his experience. What we do know is that the Seahawks are showing no reluctance to make moves to bolster the OL. Getting Russell Okung healthy would help solidify things, and allow Bailey to play some RT if needed and Okung being back on the field today — even if limited — is a good step in getting that done.
3, No doubt it’s about time to wonder what will happen with Kevin Norwood. Carroll said today his situation will take a while to figure out. Too early to really know if this could end in an IR stint, but it certainly could. And for now, it definitely opens the door for someone else to land a roster spot. You’d assume Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson make it. That leaves one or two more spots for Bryan Walters, Ricardo Lockette and Phil Bates, if Norwood isn’t in the picture. Lockette was impressive on special teams last year and Walters could factor into the return situations — I’d expect to see him out there a lot in that role in the preseason.