The Seahawks are off the field following their eighth of 10 OTAs (Organized Team Activities) on Tuesday, and the last of the three that will be open to the media.
Coach Pete Carroll was not available to the media afterward, so we did not get many specific personnel updates. And as with all OTAs, this was no-pads no-contact, and lots of mixing and matching of some personnel.
That said, here are five quick notes:
1. Nothing real significant personnel wise, actually. Bruce Irvin, Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch were again absent from what are voluntary workouts. Earl Thomas, who is rehabbing a shoulder injury, also was not here today. A few new guys did not take part, notably Frank Clark and Cassius Marsh (though since we didn’t talk to Carroll we did not get details on why). Both were here and Marsh was on the side doing lots of conditioning work. TE Luke Willson was also out. Sherman said Bennett has been in the building at the VMAC just not on the field. We’ll see what Bennett does next week for the mandatory mini-camp. WR Ricardo Lockette also not here today.
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2. A couple guys who had been out last week were back, notably RB Christine Michael, who worked with the first unit on offense throughout the OTA. Also back was Garry Gilliam, who got a lot of work with the second unit at left tackle. DT Tony McDaniel, who did not do much in the first two OTAs we saw, did more today though not a lot. By the way, Michael got some work with the kickoff team during the special teams portion of practice, working with the second unit. WR Paul Richardson also continues to be visible taking a few kickoffs and peaking in and out of the huddles. But he’s not participating in team drills or anything — it’s the sideways cutting and all that is the key to recovery from an ACL and it’s still unclear when he will be ready to return.
3. TE Anthony McCoy, who has missed the last two seasons with an Achilles injury, was back on the field and got some significant work, making a nice catch over the middle during one team session. With Willson out, McCoy and Cooper Helfet got a lot of work as the backups at TE behind Jimmy Graham. Graham, by the way, did not have quite as dynamic a performance today as he did last week, though also worth noting there was not quite as much red zone work as last week. In one red zone session, though, Graham dropped a pass while under heavy coverage from Richard Sherman, which Sherman seemed to enjoy immensely. Sherman, who held court with the media at length afterward (more on which soon) said Graham has fit right in and pointed to the back-and-forth on the field as an example of the camaraderie already building between Graham and the rest of the Seahawks.
4. Drew Nowak got a lot of work at center with the No. 1 offensive line. Hard to know how serious a factor he could be in the race for the starting center job, but he definitely appears to at least be in it. OL coach Tom Cable talked to the media afterward and praised Nowak and mentioned him as being in what he says remains a really competitive battle at center.
5. One younger player who had a really nice day was WR Douglas McNeil, who in one team session made a long reception to then set up his own touchdown grab the latter coming against rookie Tye Smith on a pass from R.J. Archer. The 6-3 McNeil has intriguing size, though also an uphill battle to make what projects as an improved receiving corps from a year ago.