Here are some highlights of what was seen and heard as the Seahawks finished up mini-camp Thursday.
The Seahawks are off the field following their one and only mini-camp practice Thursday. They are now off until returning for training camp in late July.
Here are a few quick notes:
— Everybody indeed was accounted for, and Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin participated fully. Marshawn Lynch was there but did what he usually does for off-season workouts — hung back and watched, talking to coaches and teammates.
— Irvin said afterward he wants to remain in Seattle with the Seahawks and said his comments about hoping to play for Atlanta next season were “misinterpreted.” He said the the team has told him they would like for him to remain with the Seahawks and he has taken them at his word and hopes to stay, as well. Basically, what you would have expected him to say knowing he has to play the 2015 season here. I’ll have more complete quotes from Irvin later.
— Russell Wilson also spoke and reiterated much of what he had said last month about his contract and future, saying again he doesn’t want to go into detail but that “it’ll work out how it’s supposed to work out.” He confirmed getting an insurance policy for the 2015 season but said “that’s just being smart.” Asked if he hopes to get a contract done by the time training camp starts he said “hopefully” but added what he has said in the past, that he is prepared to play the season without one.
— Christine Michael sat out much of the practice with a lingering hamstring injury which had UDFA Thomas Rawls getting many of the snaps with the No. 1 offense. Carroll said of Rawls that “I thought he really jumped out at us.”
— Drew Nowak again got a lot of snaps with the first team at center, essentially splitting time with Lemuel Jeanpierre. Carroll said Nowak has a legitimate shot to compete for the center spot.
— Cassius Marsh spent a lot of the practice working as a strongside linebacker and dropping into coverage in seven-on-seven situations. Carroll said trying Marsh there gives him and the defense more flexibility and said it makes some sense with Marsh being “250 pounds.”
— Carroll said Jesse Williams has been cleared to return to football duties, but that he will need some time to get back in shape following kidney surgery. That could take a little time. But Carroll said there’s no reason Williams can’t play in 2015.
— A number of players sat out or were limited due to injuries, but it was mostly the same players who have been out. One new player who did not take part in team drills today was LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, though he was in attendance Players rehabbing surgeries such as Earl Thomas, Paul Richardson, Tharold Simon and Robert Turbin were out. And players who were out throughout the OTAs, such as Will Tukuafu and UDFA SS Ronald Martin, were also out. DL Brandon Mebane spent much of the early part of the practice running up the hill that overlooks the practice fields as he continues his road back from a hamstring injury.
— Asked which players he is concerned won’t be ready for the season, Carroll mentioned only Jeremy Lane, saying again he has had “some complications” in in the arm and knee injuries he suffered in the Super Bowl.
We’ll have our impressions and more notes and quotes later.