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August 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Three Impressions on Seattle Seahawks practice from Jayson Jenks, Bob Condotta

Here we go with our daily Three Impressions from Seahawks practice from beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.

First, from Jenks:

1, Tuesday marked the first time the Seahawks had their projected starting offensive line on the field during team scrimmages this preseason. That group featured Russell Okung at left tackle, James Carpenter at left guard, Max Unger at center, J.R. Sweezy at right guard and rookie Justin Britt at right tackle. Okung hadn’t participated in the team portion of practices after having offseason surgery and Carpenter had missed a chunk of training camp with a calf injury.

2, Defensive lineman Tony McDaniel spent some time at defensive end in the role left behind by Red Bryant. McDaniel played a similar role at times in Miami, and the Seahawks have said they think he could do some of the same things the run-stuffing Bryant did in Seattle. The Seahawks have rotated a number of players in that role when they’ve wanted to go big along the defensive line, including Greg Scruggs, Kevin Williams and Michael Brooks.

3, Maybe it was just me, but it seemed like Tuesday was one of Seattle’s most physical practices of training camp. There still wasn’t any tackling, but it sounded like the Seahawks were popping each other more than in previous practices.

And from Condotta:

1, To expand on what Jayson said about the OL, it was indeed a step in the right direction for Seattle to get its offensive line back whole. There’s still a ways to go to get everybody 100 percent.  But barring setbacks, there’s no reason the envisioned starting OL won’t be ready to go for the season opener against Green Bay, which is the overriding goal. A bigger issue going forward will be sorting out the backups. Stephen Schilling’s play against Denver, and the team expanding its experiment with him this week to see how much he can help at center, bodes well for him to make the team. Eric Winston and Alvin Bailey also probably make it at the tackles. The question could be which of Caylin Hauptmann, Lemuel Jeanpierre and Wade Davis make it in the middle of the line. Expect Davis to get more of a look this week.

2, The block of the day might have come when Keiro Small just leveled Terrance Parks while leading a running play up the middle. It was one of the hard hits Jayson referred to above, and one of the first times during camp that Small has really been noticeable. He seems a likely practice squad guy at the moment, but this was a day when the seventh-round pick definitely made his presence felt.

3, I mentioned earlier Arceto Clark being flattened by Earl Thomas after making a catch. But it’s worth noting that Clark made the catch, and makes an awful lot of them during practices. He was a practice squad regular last year, and likely is again this year. It’s hard to see him making the 53-man roster. But he’s also a guy who simply seems to be out there all the time in practice making some plays.


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