Kam Chancellor — who dealt with injuries to his ankles, hip and knee last season — said this has been his best offseason since he entered the NFL in 2010.
“This is my first offseason training without surgeries and I just feel a whole lot stronger at this point,” he said, adding that he knew his sprained MCL suffered right before the Super Bowl would not require surgery. “I knew I wasn’t getting surgery, because I had done it once before in college, and I knew it would heal again. And through prayer and drinking right, eating right and getting the proper amount of sleep, it just healed fast.”
As for players coming off surgeries, Robert Turbin (hip) and Brandon Mebane (hamstring) seem most likely to make it back for the start of training camp, while Earl Thomas (shoulder), Jeremy Lane (ACL and arm) and Paul Richardson (ACL) appear questionable.
Carroll’s comments on each:
On Turbin: “He’ll be ready for camp. Hopefully we’ll see him in the next couple of weeks so we can check up on him. But all reports are great and he’s had a very successful surgery and recovery so far, so we’re pleased about that.”
On Mebane: “Brandon is doing great. He’s running all over the place. I don’t see why he can’t make it back for camp. The trainers have been thrilled about his work regimen. I think he’s having the best offseason he’s had.” Doesn’t sound like the Hawks are preparing to dump Mebane and his $5.5 million salary, but you never know.
On Thomas: “He looks great. They’re really fired up about his return and the rehab work he’s done already. So it looks like it should be no problem. We’ll have to wait and see once he gets back out there.”
On Lane: “Jeremy Lane has had another concern come up in his arm and they’re going to stay with it. His knee’s doing great. His arm is going to take a little longer than we thought to heal. There’s some stuff they’re doing to take care of him, but he should be ready for camp.”
On Richardson: “Paul could make it back for camp, but we’ll be careful there. We just want to make sure that we get him back. Same with Jeremy. Paul has a little advantage over him; he’s been through it before, so we’ll see if that helps. But we just have to see how the guys progress through the workload as it increases.”
The general consensus is that Lane and Richardson both could start the season on PUP.
The Hawks are being penalized this year — losing minicamp practice days in June — for practicing too hard last spring, and Carroll said he asked the NFL to make sure his team understands the offseason rules.
“We made a big effort the last couple weeks here to understand better — we can all get better — about the OTA tempo and all that we’ve had some issues with in the past,” he said. “We had Jon Ferrari from the league office come out last week and spend time with our coaches and show the league film and instructional film that we use for the players, and we tried to get our tempo right, and I thought we did a great job today and we’re off to a great start.
“That’s just one day,” he said, “but we want to do this exactly the way it’s supposed to be done. You know, we push sometimes and we practice so hard here that we missed the tempo a couple times, so I’m glad that we’ve got off to that kind of start — guys have really took to the lessons of it and had a really exciting day.”
In other news from Tuesday …
Cliff Avril was absent to attend the funeral of his father, and Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham were in Miami for the funeral of Graham’s business manager, who also was a mother figure.
The Seahawks signed their top two draft picks, Frank Clark and Tyler Lockett, and now have all rookies under contract.
Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin were not present, increasing talk that they will hold out when mandatory practices begin.
Lemuel Jeanpierre is running as the starting center, ahead of Patrick Lewis. It still seems very possible the Hawks will sign Chris Myers.
Jesse Williams, recently diagnosed with cancer, will have kidney surgery on Thursday.