Reporting Bill Swartz
There were men and women in uniforms during the Seahawks Wednesday morning practice in Renton. The team welcomed football fans stationed at Naval Station Everett, who were thrilled to shake hands and get autographs from guys like Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, and Red Bryant.
As you might imagine, because the Navy folks come from all parts of the country, not all of them are Seattle football fans.
While rookies Jordan Hill (arm) and Jesse Williams(knee) watched practice due to injuries, Seattle’s defensive line is getting healthier with the return of Cliff Avril and Tony McDaniel. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said McDaniel is a player he has been anxious to see working at the “3″ technique because of his unique stature.
“The size and length of him is unusual. You just don’t see guys inside who are 6′-6″ and 6′-7″,” said coach Quinn. “I think I feel his presence most in the pass rush where he can get a hand up. It’s great to have him out here because the other guys have had a couple weeks to get ready.”
Quinn also spoke highly of O’brien Schofield, who’s playing at both the “leo” and “sam” defensive positions.
“They’re similar positions but the “sam” has more coverage responsibilities, so that’s where we usually start the guys. He (Schofield), is doing well. There are times when you just need a little extra coaching. To his credit, he wants to come in to do the extra work and get it.”
Newly acquired defensive linemen Dewayne Cherrington and Sealver Siliga took part in their first drills. Siliga should know the Seahawks a little bit because he just played against them last Saturday as a member of the Denver Broncos.
Christine Michael returned to full practice from his back spasms and looked good both running and catching the ball out of the backfield. Fullback Michael Robinson missed another day of work due to sickness. Juanita High School alum Bryan Walters is still nursing a hamstring injury.
The team has a light walk-through practice Thursday then heads to Green Bay for Friday night’s third pre-season game.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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