Reporting Bill Swartz
After two weeks of sunshine and 80 degree temperatures the Seattle Seahawks concluded their football training camp on a muggy, misty Thursday afternoon in Renton.
Seahawks and Seattle Sounders employees and their families were allowed in to watch practice. Players met them after the session for a barbecue lunch on the shores of Lake Washington. Kids played on inflatable slides and posed for pictures with Blitz the mascot.
Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin took the bulk of the running plays while rookie Christine Michael continued to nurse a tight back. Russell Wilson found Lynch on a short touchdown pass during red zone drills. Linebacker Mike Morgan stood out when he batted away Wilson’s long sideline pass intended for tight end Luke Willson.
Receiver Sidney Rice did not participate in team drills. Defensive end/ linebacker Bruce Irvin continues to watch while he treats a groin injury. We will get the final word from coach Pete Carroll after Friday’s walk-through practice about the players who won’t see any action in Saturday night’s pre-season game against the Denver Broncos.
We do know left guard James Carpenter and tight end Zach Miller won’t play due to foot injuries.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spoke with the media following the practice about his goals for that second pre-season game.
“I always want to start out fast and take it right down the field, because you know your ones (first string), aren’t going to be in there very long, ” said Bevell. ”They’re going to stay out there a little bit longer this week so we’d like to see the ones go down there and score points.”
Bevell was pleased with the pass protection from a pair of young tackles, Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie. Bailey has been working at left guard besides backing up Russell Okung at left tackle.
The native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is an undrafted free agent who left the University of Arkansas following his junior season. He told me he’s glad he made the decision and is loving his first NFL camp, especially the cooler Seattle climate.
“This is like football training camp heaven!”, shared the 320 pound Bailey. “Back home I’m used to being in 110 degree heat on the turf and everything.”
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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