Bradley McDougald said he is focused on playing strong safety, with Tedric Thompson apparently secure at free safety.
Piggybacking what Pete Carroll told KJR about diversity on offense, Tyler Lockett said Brian Schottenheimer’s scheme tweaks are allowing him to be more creative.
Meanwhile, Russell Wilson says the Seahawks have had the same starting line for the first time since 2013, “and that consistency is huge.”
Brandon Marshall continues to look better and better. Assuming no health setbacks, it appears he is going to be a big red zone factor, at the least.
Mike Davis was back, but Lockett sat out.
Cliff Avril has helped Quinton Jefferson reach a new level of play that should let the former fifth-round pick stick.
Cool start to #Seahawks practice today—in more ways than one. Props to @DJSupaSam for Aretha Franklin to begin practice today. Long live, and love, the Queen. pic.twitter.com/LnyMrJ9xuE
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 16, 2018
Rashaad Penny was injured in a pass-rush drill Monday, Pete Carroll said. Penny is expected to be ready for the season opener. Carroll said he might miss only two weeks.
Doug Baldwin wants to be back for the last preseason game, Carroll told KJR, but the coach is fine with the season opener.
Dion Jordan is still a couple weeks from “making a push” for the final preseason game, Carroll said. The coach said they will evaluate him at the end of preseason. It still seems most likely he will stay on PUP into the season.
With Jordan hurt, the Seahawks signed LB Erik Walden, who worked out for them earlier this month.
The team got an injury scare when Tyler Lockett stayed down after getting kicked in the calf on a long pass play. He finished practice though and later said he is fine.
Back at practice: C.J. Prosise, Byron Maxwell, Maurice Alexander and D.J. Alexander. Carroll said Prosise and Maxwell are on track to play in Los Angeles on Saturday. Prosise said he will play.
Mike Davis sat out with a sore toe, but Chris Carson returned after missing Monday.
J.R. Sweezy is expected back in a couple of days, Carroll told KJR.
Clint Hurtt talked about Rasheem Green, Poona Ford and more regarding his defensive line.
The RB curse continues: Rashaad Penny will miss the rest of the preseason and perhaps more as he recovers from a broken finger.
Rashaad Penny left practice with some kind of injury, but OC Brian Schottenheimer thought he would be fine.
Amara Darboh (hip flexor) ran sprints on the side, which means he is close to returning. Frank Clark also could be close to joining team practices.
Brandon Marshall worked with the starters again as he gets more and more work. Schottenheimer called him a “matchup problem.”
Quinton Jefferson, who earned the praise of Pete Carroll on Day 12, worked with the starters.
Nick Vannett explained why he feels better than he has at any time since he has been a Seahawk.
Our statement on @Seahawks vs. @Raiders moving from @SpursOfficial to @wembleystadium.#NFLUK pic.twitter.com/PeoDORwUJm
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) August 13, 2018
The Seahawks suffered their first big injury, with Jamarco Jones likely headed to IR with a serious ankle issue. Jones was hurt vs. the Colts on Thursday.
Ed Dickson apparently is not close to returning from a quadriceps injury. Pete Carroll said, “It’s still a bit now. It’s not happening. He’s not one of those guys that’s on the verge of coming back yet.” Nick Vannett and Will Dissly, who both played well vs. the Colts, will continue as the top two tight ends. And Tyrone Swoopes is potentially a step closer to making the roster.
Shaquem Griffin talked about his excellent NFL debut and how Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright have helped him immensely.
David Moore easily cleared concussion protocol and returned to practice.
Former third-rounders C.J. Prosise and Amara Darboh might return to practice soon. The injury-prone skill players really need to get on the field if they want to make this club.
Five injured defensive backs remained out as well, giving Tedric Thompson, Tre Flowers and Akeem King extra reps to impress the coaches.
The Seahawks are now down to one fullback after waiving injured Jalston Fowler (among other moves).
Quinton Jefferson has played well enough that he is on the inside of the bubble right now.
No surprise: The leaders in the kicking battles are Sebastian Janikowski and Michael Dickson.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said the Seahawks were “impressed” by his workout Friday.
Doug Baldwin says Russell Wilson looks better than ever, thanks to the coaching of Brian Schottenheimer.
Bradley McDougald said he prefers playing strong safety. “I get to play man-to-man on these different tight ends,” he said, “and, looking at our schedule, we’ve got a lot of great tight ends we’re going against.”
J.R. Sweezy got a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, including a $100,000 signing bonus.
The Seahawks made a roster move, dropping Olympic sprinter Marvin Bracy to add a running back.
Earl Thomas has been staying on the move, today visiting his alma mater Texas.
Dwane Casey, former Sonics assistant and reigning NBA coach of the year, was at practice.
Dearest mother —
The unit has reached the outskirts of Hawks of the Sea territory. We shall set camp for today with plans to battle tomorrow. I am more eager than when we await the crops to come in. I am ready, my resolve mighty. Give the chickens my best. I love you.
— Capt. Andrew Luck (@CaptAndrewLuck) August 8, 2018
Dion Jordan will miss the entire preseason and might not be ready for the season opener, Pete Carroll said. Unfortunately, it’s a good bet the injury-plagued Jordan will remain on PUP as the season starts — which would mean he would miss at least six games.
Carroll is stoked about Tedric Thompson and Jacob Martin. He said Thompson has made more plays than anyone in camp; now let’s see if it carries over to games.
Nazair Jones (hip) and Byron Maxwell (hip/groin) joined the ranks sitting out, which also continued to include J.R. Sweezy and D.J. Alexander. Sweezy suffered a sprained ankle in his first practice and will be back “in a few days,” Carroll said.
Tyler Lockett is ready to “put it all together” as a receiver and returner in his contract year.
Jamarco Jones has been working at right tackle as the coaches see whether he can make the switch easily. Look for him to get some snaps there Thursday.
Tre Flowers will get a lot of action Thursday, with Maxwell and other more senior corners banged up.
Khalid Hill cleared waivers and landed on Seattle’s IR.
Doug Baldwin 20 minutes after 10th practice of #Seahawks camp ends. Still out indefinitely with left knee injury. @thenewstribune pic.twitter.com/BENc6r3VEg
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 7, 2018
Kam Chancellor made an appearance at camp. Pete Carroll was obviously happy to see him.
The team made a couple moves, including waiving injured fullback Khalid Hill.
Germain Ifedi was still the No. 1 right tackle, and Mike Solari said, “He is a good football player. He is working at it. He is getting better at his craft.”
The annual scrimmage was a bit one-sided because so many defenders were out.
Germain Ifedi committed two penalties and was pulled, prompting Pete Carroll to call his performance “really disappointing.”
Poona Ford drew raves from Pete Carroll: “He’s done well. He’s done very well.”
Does the steady Mike Davis have a chance of sticking? He might if C.J. Prosise continues to prove unreliable.
Austin Colitro is a name to watch as the potential backup middle linebacker.
The Seahawks, short on pass rushers, reportedly will work out a few defensive ends: Erik Walden, Lamarr Houston and former Seahawk Damontre Moore. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, to whom the team has been talking, also will fly in for a workout.
Pete Carroll said Doug Baldwin will be ready for the season opener. “He should be in great shape. We’re totally counting on him coming back. It’s just a process of getting him right and making him really strong and ready to go again.”
The Seahawks had two new defensive linemen in camp, with Tom Johnson (groin) and Poona Ford both sitting out.
Also out were Maurice Alexander, D.J. Alexander, Marcus Smith, and Mike Tyson (plus all of the PUP/NFI guys). M. Alexander and Smith have hip flexor issues, and Tyson injured his ribs slightly on Day 6. Khalil Hill (shoulder) and Jalston Fowler (hamstring) remained out, leaving Tre Madden as the only fullback.
Tedric Thompson got more reps with Bradley McDougald; if Thompson shows well in games, he seems the favorite to start alongside Bradley.
Nazair Jones had a great rookie season until a high ankle sprain burned his last five games, and he is ready to become a key member of the D-line. “I know this is a big year for me and a big opportunity for me to step up and show the world what I can do.”
Seventh-round QB Alex McGough has regressed since spring, Carroll said. The team needs a third QB only for the preseason, so it’s just a question of whether Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer are comfortable with McGough running the offense in the second half.
Nick Vannett had his best day of camp and continues to run with the starters with Ed Dickson (groin) out. Sounds like Dickson is still a couple of weeks away.
Tyler Lockett also had a big day and looks completely back to his pre-injury self.
Dontae Johnson was taken off PUP. He had been recovering from a broken foot.
No surprise: Paul Allen reportedly is not concerned about Earl Thomas’ holdout. Speaking of Allen, the owner made an appearance at camp on Day 7.
Thomas’ fines currently add up to more than $700,000. The team apparently collected on Kam Chancellor in 2015, which means Thomas can expect to pay up, too, if he holds out into the season.
Earl Thomas, itching to play football, wrote his stance on The Players’ Tribune: “If (the Seahawks) don’t want me anymore, just please trade me to an organization that does.”
Brandon Marshall finally got into team action and nearly cried when he did. He said, “I’m here to be the beast I’ve always been.”
J.R. Sweezy is healthy and happy to be back in “the perfect place for me” — wearing his old No. 64 and competing for the starting RG job with D.J. Fluker.
Recently signed Trovon Reed has been a pick machine in practice. We’ll see whether that translates to games and a roster spot.
The Seahawks brought back LB Josh Forrest, among several minor moves.
In his new extension, Duane Brown gets $16 million in guarantees the next two years — $14.25 million coming this year. Seattle added $1.5 million in cap space in this deal.
Doug Baldwin (knee) apparently will miss more than just a couple of weeks, with his absence likely to take up most of August. But he is expected back for the opener. He’s a vet who doesn’t need too much prep time, so hopefully he recovers well this month.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks brought back J.R. Sweezy, who signed with Tampa Bay in 2016 but struggled to stay healthy there. Sweezy seems likely to battle D.J. Fluker at right guard. May the healthy guard win.
Doug Baldwin came to camp with a sore knee and will sit out at least a couple of weeks, Pete Carroll said. “We know exactly what’s going on,” Carroll said. “We want to bring him back at full speed so he’s good for the long haul.”
Dion Jordan has a stress reaction in his shin and Carroll said, “It’s gonna be awhile” — which sounds like Jordan could stay on PUP to start the season. Meanwhile, Jordan reportedly is no longer in the substance-abuse program. He was suspended three times while with Miami, including for the entire 2015 season.
Brian Schottenheimer is trying to get Russell Wilson to stop and smell the play — i.e., try to see options he sometimes misses and get the ball out on time rather than keep running around.
David Moore, who started camp strong, has a hip flexor. The injuries to Baldwin and Moore have opened the door for Amara Darboh, Jaron Brown and others to shine.
With Jordan and Marcus Smith (hamstring) out, rookie Rasheem Green continued to get plenty of work. K.J. Wright told Q13 FOX that he expects big things out of Green and Tedric Thompson this year.
Barkevious Mingo also will be counted on to fill the pass-rush void, something he was not allowed to do as much with three previous clubs.
Jon Ryan said he had a feeling the Seahawks might bring in a new punter, and he told John Schneider he plans to “make him look stupid.”
Ken Norton sang the praises of rookie Tre Flowers: “There’s no limit to how good he can be.”
Carroll said Shamar Stephen “will have an impact for us” in the defensive line rotation.
Marcus Henry is trying to make it with his hometown team (remember, he and Rees Odhiambo played together at Boise State).
The Seahawks reportedly are considering adding CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The 32-year-old played the last four seasons with the Giants; he had six interceptions in 2016.
Shaquem Griffin picked off a pass from Russell Wilson, who also threw two TD passes.
Linebacker Josh Perry retired due to concussion issues. The Seahawks added a safety to take his roster spot.
Doug Baldwin sat out a second straight day with a leg issue. With Baldwin out, Keenan Reynolds has been getting some solid reps and showing well, by several accounts. The former Navy QB, who set NCAA rushing records (yards & TDs) for a QB, might be inserting himself into the wide-open battle for one of the last couple of receiver spots.
Brian Schneider said “preseason is going to be big” for figuring out how Seattle and other teams deal with the new kickoff rules (no running starts by the kicking team, no unbalanced lines, return team must line up eight within 15 yards off kickoff spot, no wedge blocks). It seems like a lot of teams are planning to remove linemen from the blocking equation, which would make kickoffs more like punt returns. Some teams also might use two or three return men.
Mike Solari’s coaching seems to be paying off already: The offensive line seems more powerful and technique-correct.
Germain Ifedi worked at right guard, which Solari said was just part of the plan to create flexibility in case of injuries. “We wanted to keep the integrity, the unit together so we can build that unity, that camaraderie,” Solari said, “but we’ve got to work some guys in a little bit if an injury happens or we have to move some guys.”
George Fant (left tackle) and Rees Odhiambo (left guard) joined team drills for the first time.
Maurice Alexander and Tyrone Swoopes are two guys who have made good impressions this camp.
Neiko Thorpe is having a great camp, and rookie Tre Flowers, a college safety, is adjusting well to playing cornerback. Pete Carroll said there will be a real battle at right corner.
J’Marcus Webb, a Seahawk in 2016, became the latest former Hawk to join the Colts, who play the Seahawks in the first preseason game next week. Also on the Colts are Mark Glowinski, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Kasen Williams and Pierre Desir.
A new-look defense.@DangeRussWilson entering his 7th season.@RealMikeRob goes #Back2Camp with the @Seahawks to discuss 2018 expectations. pic.twitter.com/2PQcWESgPS
— NFL (@NFL) July 30, 2018
Duane Brown was happy but not surprised about the three-year, $36.5 million extension he received from the Seahawks. “I knew for a long time that I was secure here,” he said.
Frank Clark, playing the final year of his rookie deal, talked about his very tough year so far.
Tedric Thompson continues to lead the early battle for the No. 2 safety spot.
Russell Wilson looked like his Pro Bowl self on the first day of padded practice.
C.J. Prosise was underwhelming in the spring, Brian Schottenheimer said, but he has looked good early this camp. Sounds like the RB group could be — emphasis on could — really competitive this preseason, with Rashaad Penny pushing Chris Carson for RB1 and Prosise battling Mike Davis and J.D. McKissic for the final two spots. As always, it will come down to one simple factor: Health.
The Seahawks added an Olympic sprinter and dropped their second long snapper, meaning Tyler Ott appears to have that job. They also ditched one of their eight tight ends for another receiver.
Pete Carroll can still let it rip it at 66. Also note the one-handed grab. pic.twitter.com/DGo4XyvePQ
— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) July 29, 2018
Russell Wilson said it feels like his rookie year again. He said Pete Carroll’s message is not stale, as Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett intimated, rather it’s consistent. Wilson also said he has focused on footwork this year.
Germain Ifedi was the most penalized player in the NFL last season, but Pete Carroll says the new scheme will allow the 2016 first-round pick to “start fresh” and the penalties will disappear once he becomes more confident.
Shaquill Griffin has made a seamless transition to left cornerback, Richard Sherman’s old spot.
Marcus Johnson, acquired in the Michael Bennett trade, and 2017 seventh-rounder David Moore were the standout receivers of Day 2. Jaron Brown apparently is the heavy favorite for the No. 3 spot, meaning Johnson and Moore are fighting Amara Darboh, Brandon Marshall, et al., for the final couple of spots.
The Seahawks did not actually get rid of Malik McDowell: He is on the non-football-injury reserve list after clearing waivers. The Seahawks don’t have to pay him. The question is whether they get cap credit for his $781,155 salary and nearly $800,000 bonus proration.
The Seahawks reportedly have no interest at all in extending Earl Thomas. This meshes with John Schneider’s hints about third contracts throughout the offseason. Thomas will not be with Seattle next year; the question is whether he ever plays a down for the Hawks again.
If you are feeling nostalgic about Thomas, check out the last play together of the Legion of Boom:
This is the final snap the LOB played together and it’s not sitting right with me. 2017 wk 8 qtr 4. Sherm blocked, Earl blocked, Kam slips, gives up 72 yd TD & Earl injures hammy. Even the broadcast glitched. Earl out 2 gms & 2 gms later Kam and Sherm injured and done as Seahawks pic.twitter.com/BiY5oIxdIW
— V (@proverbsfour23) July 27, 2018
Kam Chancellor was placed on reserve/PUP, freeing a spot on the 90-man roster. He is not expected to play again, but the team owes him $6.8 million this year and $5.2 million next year.
Seattle divested itself of second-round bust Malik McDowell and also waived injured CB DeAndre Elliott. Trovon Reed is replacing Elliott.
The Seahawks added three tight ends after Ed Dickson was placed on NFI with a minor groin injury and Clayton Wilson was put on PUP. The Hawks have eight tight ends now — six of them healthy.
Frank Clark said he had hand surgery a month ago and is limited. Been a tough offseason for him, with his father and other family members dying in a house fire and now this. At least he chose to report, not holding out for a new contract. Smart on his part. He’ll get paid next year.
Dion Jordan, coming off another knee surgery, will be out a few weeks, Pete Carroll said. He’ll start out on PUP. Not a good sign for a guy the team was hoping would be a big pass rusher.
Tedric Thompson worked as the starting free safety to start camp, with Bradley McDougald at strong safety. Clark said Thompson was a pick machine in practice last season, which might be why the coaches are giving him an early run at Earl Thomas’ spot. Carroll said the coaches will play around with combinations, seeing whether Thompson, Delano Hill or perhaps Maurice Alexander end up starting opposite McDougald. Thompson said Thomas has been texting him advice. K.J. Wright expects big things from Thompson, who is always asking questions and “can make plays.”
Dontae Johnson, expected to fight for a corner spot, is going to miss the first couple of weeks of camp as he recovers from foot surgery.
Bobby Wagner: “You guys are looking for someone who’s going to be that leader. Y’all don’t have to look. Y’all looking at the guy right here. I will be that guy, and we’re going to be fine.”
Bring it, @Shaquemgriffin. 😤#SeahawksCamp pic.twitter.com/2vuiAnzYzX
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) July 26, 2018
The day before
Earl Thomas will not report to camp — and the Seahawks won’t give him a new deal. As expected, it’s a standoff.
Bradley McDougald asks: “Who been talking and who been working?” Pete Carroll and other players clearly are excited as well.
D.J. Alexander, who missed the offseason program with a shoulder injury, was cleared to practice. He was a Pro Bowl special-teamer in Kansas City, and the Hawks surely would like to see him return to that form.
Richard Sherman passed his physical with the 49ers — so he would have been ready to roll in Seattle if the Hawks had not cut him.
As the Seahawks prepared to start camp, Marshawn Lynch talked about both Super Bowls.
The Colts’ Andrew Luck, coming off a long injury layoff, is going to play vs. the Seahawks in two weeks.
Details on how you can watch the Seahawks practice.
Seattle, we’re home. #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/sOYwBSUOSD
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) July 25, 2018