Time again for Three Impressions from practice from beat reporters Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks.
First, from Condotta:
1, As mentioned in the earlier blog of notes from practice, receiver Chris Matthews got as much work today as any time during training camp, and he took advantage at times, including a touchdown pass from Russell Wilson during one drill. The size of the 6-5, 218-pound Matthews is definitely intriguing, and was a big reason the team signed him after he played the last two years in the Canadian Football League. But he struggled in the spring with injuries and seemed behind when training camp started, not making much of an impact early. Getting the work he did today, though, seems an indication the Seahawks plan to get him some significant work against the Broncos — he worked at times Tuesday with the second unit. If he goes get ample work against the Broncos he’ll have to take advantage to make some headway in what is a rugged receiver competition with players such as Phil Bates, Ricardo Lockette and Bryan Walters having nice camps, and four spots seeming set in Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and rookie Paul Richardson.
2, I’ve said this before in this space, but worth repeating that you may want to get to know the name of Caylin Hauptmann. The second-year player from Florida International continues to run as the starter at left guard with James Carpenter out with a calf injury. Carpenter was back today in a limited capacity, and it appears he’ll be back to full-go soon. But Hautpmann has shown in Carpenter’s absence that he’s a capable backup, and right now I think he’s a just about a lock to make the 53-man roster. He seems to have a bit of a nasty streak, and being in his second season with the team (he was picked up last September after being waived by Cleveland) seems a lot more comfortable.
3, There were lots of catches by the tight ends today, especially Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet, but also RaShaun Allen. Morrell Presley also continues to get a lot of work. And for now, it appears the Seahawks are comfortable with what they have as the depth at that spot behind starter Zach Miller. When Anthony McCoy went out for the season, it was tempting to think the team would bring in another TE. But maybe the Seahawks think they are good with what they have. Willson seems primed to make more of an impact this season, and Helfet, a practice squad guy a year ago, seems to catch everything thrown his way.
And now from Jenks:
1, Running back Marshawn Lynch had his most active day of training camp. Lynch still practiced in a limited role, but he participated in some of the team portion of practice, something he hadn’t done until today. He’s going to carry a light workload during the preseason anyway, but coach Pete Carroll said he needs to improve his conditioning.
2, Linebacker K.J. Wright had two interceptions — one against Terrelle Pryor and one against Russell Wilson. Wright is Seattle’s best linebacker in coverage, and he played a big role in limiting Saints tight end Jimmy Graham in two games last season. He’s had a number of interceptions in the various practices this offseason.
3, Wide receiver Paul Richardson pulled down a couple more impressive catches — and he also had two drops in a row. Richardson practiced without limitations for the first time in a few days, but it’s important to remember that Richardson is a rookie and therefore still raw.