The Swartz Report From VMAC – August 12, 2013
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What was to have been a Tuesday practice was moved up to Monday for the Seahawks and their adoring fans at the VMAC in Renton.
Injuries continue to be a prime story surrounding Seattle’s training camp. 18 players did not participate Sunday or Monday. Coach Pete Carroll says the team is being extra cautious with several of the guys knowing they are not far away from working out.
Running back Christine Michael sat out today’s session after suffering back spasms at the end of the pre-season game in San Diego. After sitting out more than a week with a foot injury, Robert Turbin got the bulk of the carries during the running plays Sunday and Monday.
Several front line pass rushers did not participate again due to injuries. Bruce Irvin has been dealing with a strained groin and might be ready for action later in the week. Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett also watched the practice.
Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was held out again giving Allen Bradford more opportunities to learn the position. The former USC running back told me after Tampa Bay cut him last season, he came to Seattle with the desire to play defense again. Bradford was one of the top rated high school linebackers in the nation, but Pete Carroll needed him to play running back for the Trojans.
Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. said Bradford has an advantage learning the position because he can think like a running back and instinctively move to fill the hole. Bradford admits his biggest weakness is pass coverage, and dropping to cover backs and tight ends over the middle.
During 7 on 7 passing drills, the defensive backs shined. Will Blackmon tipped a pass away from Chris Harper, and DeShawn Shead ripped a completed pass away from Robert Turbin.
Richard Sherman and Jermaine Kearse had several good battles on the sideline. Sherman extended his long arm to bat away a go rout thrown by Russell Wilson. Later, Kearse got away with a slight shove, and hauled in a long pass from Tarvaris Jackson to burn Sherman for a touchdown.
Russell Wilson again showed off his mobility with a scramble out of the pocket, and picking up nearly 40 yards.
I spoke with Brady Quinn following practice to get his take on the training camp and his progress. Quinn said the terminology of Seattle’s system is different than he’s experienced in Cleveland and Kansas City, otherwise it’s the best camp he’s ever been a part of. Quinn says Russell Wilson is a very inquisitive quarterback who is constantly asking questions about reading defenses, and the pressures of playing the position. Quinn continues to battle against Tarvaris Jackson for the number 2 spot, and will have to show continued improvement in Saturday night’s home pre-season game against Denver.
Multiple reports revealed last weekend’s Seahawks-Chargers pre-season game had a 40 share in the Seattle market. That means nearly 40 percent of all television sets were tuned in!
-Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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