Notes from Tuesday’s Practice (8/9)

Just like he did last year, SA reader Jeff Jeremiah is back once more to share his detailed notes from the practice he attended yesterday:

  • The first thing that jumped out at me was simply how big this team is.  Whether you’re talking about the o-line (smallest player: 6’4″, 319 lbs), our d-line (3 of the 4 starters are over 300 lbs) our starting wide receivers (6’6″ and 6’4″), the two star tight ends (both 6’5″), the starting fullback (Michael Robinson looks like he added on 25 lbs of muscle), or our new starting strong safety (6’3″, 232 lbs), we are B-I-G.  One of the things I remember about Carroll’s USC teams in the early 2000s was that they passed the eyeball test — they just looked like football teams, and now the Seahawks do too.  Carroll and Schneider have been saying that they wanted to get bigger and more physical, and it looks like they’ve succeeded.
  • Ben Obomanu is the #3 wide receiver, no doubt about it.  Golden Tate looked good in the slot, but Obomanu showed great hands and quickness.
  • The team spent a lot of practice time working on passes to RBs out of the backfield.
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  • Remember the name Josh Portis — write it on your forehead if you have to.  He’s been quite impressive.  He’s smooth, throws with good accuracy, has great mechanics, and is a threat to run with the ball.  I’m not claiming that Portis is our QB of the future just yet, but I’m keeping my eye on him.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up as Jackson’s backup; if that happens, expect clipboard Jesus to take his talents elsewhere next offseason.
  • Both lines look solid — it’s two years late, but it looks like we’ve finally found Mora’s dirtbags.  On the d-line, the added depth is obvious Expect good things from them this year.  The o-line is young and untested, but also big and working hard.  They looked great in 1 on 1 drills and even better in 2 on 2 where they were passing off blocks well to counteract stunts from the d-line.
  • You need a dirtbag to coach dirtbags, and Tom Cable definitely fits the bill.  Robert Gallery is clearly the leader on the o-line, and he looks nasty (seriously, he looks like he just stepped out of an episode of Game of Thrones).  Someone needs to talk to the Seahawks’ marketing department about marking off a new section of the stadium and calling it “Robert’s Gallery,” then throwing all the crazy, long-haired, crusty-bearded, grunged-out fans in there.  [Maybe they could put it just behind the visiting team’s bench?  It’d send a clear message: “Welcome to Seattle, now give us your lunch money.” -Ed.]
  • Deon Butler spent some time running before practice.  He looks to be at about 75%.
  • Tarvaris Jackson has good footwork.
  • I’m not sure if Aaron Curry was doing it to be disciplined or because he needed to work on it, but he spent the first twenty minutes of practice working on staying low and back-pedaling.
  • Leon Washington is 100% healthy.  He made some great cuts in 11 on 11 drills and even laid a block on a linebacker that drew oohs and aahs from both the offense and defense.
  • Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, and Mike Williams worked with the QBs before practice to establish some chemistry.
  • The trade for Miller confused me at first, but now I’m excited about the potential of Seattle’s two TE set.  Just picture it: Rice and Williams spread wide, Miller and Carlson on the line, and Jackson and Lynch in the backfield.  If you don’t double team the WRs, we’ll throw it up to them and let them make plays on a jump ball.  If you play the safeties over the top, you’re opening up lanes for Carlson and Miller.  And if you man up on all of the above (or better yet, switch to a nickel or dime coverage) then you’re going to get a healthy dose of Lynch.  If all goes well, this formation is going to be a nightmare to defend against.
  • Brandon Coutu was 4 for 4 on field goals, with a long of 43 yards.
  • Jon Ryan’s hair is just as ugly as it was last year, but more importantly his punts are just as accurate as they were last year.
  • Walter Thurmond sat out this practice, but he’s looked strong in camp overall and I think he’s over his U of O knee injury.  Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are also in the mix to compete with Kelly Jennings for the #2 CB spot.
  • I’d heard reports that Mark Legree has been seeing time at free safety to free up Earl Thomas to roam the field (think Troy Polamalu).  The Hawks practiced that look some in camp today, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it on Thursday, either.
  • Thanks again, Jeff!