A handful of vets were absent for the last of the Seahawks' voluntary OTAs on Thursday, while young WRs such as Paul Richardson and Kasen Williams had nice days.
The last of the Seahawks’ nine OTAs Thursday was almost as notable for who was not in attendance as for anything that happened on the field.
Among those absent were a handful of defensive stalwarts including DE Chris Clemons and Michael Bennett — who have been absent throughout — as well as defensive backs Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Brandon Browner, Jeremy Lane and Tye Smith. The five DBs absent have taken part in earlier sessions and were apparently just off with excused absences — these are voluntary sessions and veterans missing one or two along the way is common (coach Pete Carroll did not meet the media afterward so there was no word on the specifics of any absences). TE Cooper Helfet and WR Tyler Slavin also were not in attendance.
A few others were sidelined, including RB Thomas Rawls, TE Jimmy Graham, RB C.J. Prosise, LB Khairi Fortt, OL Garry Gilliam, DL DeAngelo Tyson and DL Quinton Jefferson.
Graham again caught a few passes in the warmup session prior to individual drills, and Rawls was also present and doing some running.
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A couple of other players who had been out did at least individual drills, notably OL J’Marcus Webb, CB Tharold Simon and RB Zac Brooks. Simon participated in everything while Webb took part individual drills but not team sessions.
With so any absences, lineups inevitably looked a little different.
With many of the top corners gone, for instance, Simon and DeShawn Shead worked as the first team corners throughout. And with Thomas gone, Kelcie McCray got a lot of work at free safety alongside Kam Chancellor.
The number one offensive line looked as it has throughout, with Terry Poole at right tackle in place of Webb, and Bradley Sowell at LT in place of Gilliam, with Justin Britt at center, Mark Glowinski at left guard and Germain Ifedi at right guard.
The second OL generally looked like this from left to right: LT George Fant, LG Rees Odhiambo, C Patrick Lewis, RG Will Pericak and RT Kona Schwenke.
And typically working with the third unit (there was some overlap due to some missing players) was Kristjan Sokoli at LG, Joey Hunt at center and Lene Maiva at RT.
The Seahawks wore helmets throughout the workout — in the previous OTAs open to the media they have typically not worn helmets during the team drills — and did a lot of 11-on-11 work.
The Seahawks will again be on the field next week for their mandatory three-day mini-camp, with practices set for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Here are a few other quick notes. …
- Any doubt of Paul Richardson being 100 percent appeared erased as he made a handful of plays all over the field. WR Doug Baldwin met the media afterward and said Richardson has played consistently well in OTAs. “The biggest issue for Paul was just getting his opportunities,” Baldwin said. “And he’s been getting those in OATs and he’s been making the most of them. .. He’s shown that he’s capable of making plays when the ball is in the air.”
- Kasen Williams also had a nice day, at one point making a leaping grab in traffic in the end zone. Baldwin also said he thinks Williams is making the hoped-for improvement in his second year in the NFL. “His focus on his craft now (has improved),” Baldwin said. “Not that it wasn’t there before but obviously the more reps you get, the more time that you have to perfect your craft. He has learned the tricks of the trade now, so he’s advancing.’’
- And throw TEs Luke Willson and Nick Vannett into the category of those who had good days, as well.
- Newly-signed Kyle Coleman played solely linebacker, appearing to be used mostly as a weakside linebacker.
- Cassius Marsh is working as an SLB but also has a rush end and was a pretty consistent presence in the backfield.
- A UDFA defender who appeared to have a nice day was defensive end David Perkins, who not only turned in some good pass rushes but also at one point dropped into coverage Doug Baldwin and did it well enough that the ball went elsewhere.
- Marcus Burley worked consistently as the number one nickel.
- Defensive end Ryan Robinson, a star of OTAs last year before suffering an Achilles injury, also appears fully healed and got some work with the first-team defense.
- Tanner McEvoy continues to be used as a safety while Brandin Bryant continues to be used solely as a defensive tackle and Taniela Tupou as a fullback.
- Due to all the other corners who were absent, Stanley Jean-Baptiste and George Farmer appeared to typically be the number two outside corners behind Simon and Shead.
- Christine Michael and Alex Collins took almost all the tailback reps. Word is that Collins has impressed during OTAs and what we saw Thursday appeared to back that up.