Here are impressions of Seattle's OTA today from beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.

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Here are some impressions from the Seahawks’ Organized Team Activity today, the first of 10 the team will hold over the next few weeks, though one of just three open to the media. Impressions are from beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.

First from Jenks:

1. Tye Smith, the Seahawks’ fifth-round cornerback, is skinny but looks the part of a Seattle corner: He’s 6 feet tall and looks taller with lanky arms and legs. But on his first day against the Seahawks’ starting receivers, Smith got beat a handful of times by Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, and it served as a reminder that young corners typically have a long way to go before being game ready for the Seahawks. The Seahawks teach a press coverage technique called the step-kick, which is pretty much just like it sounds. At the snap of the ball, while a receiver shimmies at the line, the Seahawks want their corners to step with one foot and wait until the receiver starts moving up the field. A corner pretty much has to stand there, like a defender in basketball watching a guy crossover and fake but not going anywhere. What that requires more than anything is patience, and it is something that most of Seattle’s cornerbacks have struggled with in the past, from Tharold Simon to Byron Maxwell to DeShawn Shead. It will take Smith time to get comfortable trusting the technique and himself, and on day one he looked raw. But that isn’t unusual or unexpected, and the Seahawks have a good track record of teaching corners that skill.

2. The Christine Michael watch continues. Michael is beginning his third season with the Seahawks, and we are hearing the same things we’ve heard each of the last two seasons: He has to prove he can be consistent. Michael will get the majority of the running back work with the first team offense due to absences from Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin, so he will have ample opportunity to show stability. Michael has always had the physical talent — he runs like a bull, and he has that rare combo of size and breakaway speed — but to date that has amounted to 254 career yards in two years. What the Seahawks need to see from Michael is the same thing they’ve always needed to see: Can he consistently hit the proper hole? Can he be trusted to hang onto the ball? Can he be trusted in pass protection? If Michael is going to get an increased workload — and right now there’s no reason not to think he’s once again behind both Lynch and Turbin on the depth chart — he has to start showing progress.

3. It was only one day, but with Russell Wilson absent from practice, backup quarterback candidates B.J. Daniels and R.J. Archer both struggled and tossed interceptions. Coach Pete Carroll said he wasn’t sure if the Seahawks would add another quarterback this offseason, although it seems likely the team will try to bring back Tarvaris Jackson or another veteran at some point. Daniels is in his third season with the Seahawks, and the organization has liked his athleticism as a quarterback and his versatility (he has played some receiver and dabbled in practice as a return man). He should get a decent shot to prove he can be Wilson’s backup. Archer, on the other hand, is a 27-year-old quarterback from William & Mary and a long shot to make the roster. Carroll said he was happy with Daniels and Archer, but the Seahawks will likely need more competition at the backup spot.

And from Condotta:

1. So what to make of the absences? The absences of Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham and Cliff Avril to attend funerals need no further explanation. Obviously, Wilson’s contract situation makes everything he does an immediate cause for social media discussion. But coach Pete Carroll called Wilson’s decision to attend the funeral for Graham’s personal manager and surrogate mother “a good thing.” Wilson may also attend the funeral of Avril’s father later this week. The absences of Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin are a different story as each has well-documented issues with their contract situations. For now, the team is passing off those absences as no big deal, noting again that these are voluntary and that each will be welcomed back into the fold once things get mandatory starting with the one mini-camp practice the team can hold on June 18. If either were to skip that, then that will indicate that these things could become real issues. For now, the team will stick to its stance of not being concerned. Marshawn Lynch was also absent. But Carroll, when asked if that was simply a case of Lynch being absent because he’s always absent, said “yes.”

2. For now, your starting center is Lemuel Jeanpierre: So count me as being wrong that Patrick Lewis would be the starting center for the opening of OTAs. Instead, it was veteran Lemuel Jeanpierre, who was re-signed as a free agent last month. Carroll indicated that Jeanpierre has every chance to keep that title. “I think we start off just based on experience,” Carroll said. “He’s been around. He’s played in a lot of games for us and done well. He helps the other guys play well. He’s the best-versed in our system and all of that, and he’s taken a real leadership role there with the young guy trying to those those guys and bring them along in good fashion.” Lewis also took snaps at center and some at guard. For now, there doesn’t seem to be an expectation that rookie Kristjan Sokoli could get into the mix for this season as Carroll led off an answer to a question about the three OL draft picks by saying “it’s going to take time to figure out” what they have in each. But Carroll noted that Sokoli had a pretty flawless day snapping on Tuesday in contrast to some spottier performances in rookie mini-camp calling that “a pleasant surprise.”

3. Kam Chancellor is healthier than ever and the Legion of Boom appears on its way to soon being whole. In what amounted to at least a mild surprise, Chancellor said he feels as good now as at any point in any off-season of his Seahawks career. Chancellor, recall, suffered an MCL injury on the Friday before the Super Bowl, which created some momentary doubt that he’d be able to play and limited him a little bit in the game itself. But Chancellor said after the OTA workout that he never worried that he would have to have surgery, as some had speculated. He had gone through a similar injury while at Virginia Tech and said he knew from that experience he would recover just fine. Asked how he felt after the practice, he said “I feel great. Feel back to football form. Feel fast. Feel strong. Just feel good out there.” Chancellor said he started training two weeks after the Super Bowl and that two weeks after that he felt “back to normal again” and called it “a miracle.” He then went on to say this is “my strongest off-season since I’ve been in the league because I haven’t been able to train in the off-season because of the surgeries. This is the first off-season I really got to train.” Cornerback Richard Sherman also looked like his usual self meaning Seattle seems past having to worry about two of the three injuries to Legion of Boom members that limited them in the Super Bowl. Earl Thomas, meanwhile, didn’t participate but was a constant presence watching from the sideline with Carroll saying there is no reason to think he can’t be ready for the start of training camp. Newcomer Cary Williams worked as the starting corner opposite Sherman, taking the place of the departed Byron Maxwell, while DeShawn Shead filled in for Thomas at free safety.