Cleaning out the notebook with items on Garry Gilliam, C.J. Prosise and more following day one of Seahawks' training camp.

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A few notes that didn’t make the initial cut…

  • Also absent today was WR Tyler Slavin, a free agent who played some at Arizona collegiately. Unclear what the issue is. Slavin, DT Sealver Siliga, TE Jimmy Graham and RB Thomas Rawls were the only players on the roster who did not take part at all.
  • Christine Michael went down late with cramps but walked off fine. Pete Carroll said later Michael “had a great first day. He looked fantastic today.”
  • Carroll later confirmed two position switches of undrafted free agents — Tanner McEvoy to safety and Tani Tupou to defensive tackle. But neither is necessarily permanent, he said. “We flipped them,” Carroll said. “We thought we got good information from them, I just don’t want to go too far where we find something out that we need to know. Tanner (McEvoy) is a very versatile athlete. I loved all of the variety of things that he did in college so we took him out and threw the ball to him a little bit before we left. I think it is a nice opportunity for us to take a look at him right off the bat. When he is in camp we get him out there and he is the one, the real biggest, the biggest guy we have. We always like to have a guy with that kind of dimension so we will see how he does. He is excited about it. Tani (Taniela Tupou) is a guy that, he did a good job for us at fullback showing us that he could make the transition. I want to make sure I know where he fits in in the competition with the defensive line and then he can easily flop back. I don’t see Tani (Taniela Tupou) as a guy who is going to be a fulltime fullback. I think he’s going to be a utility guy, very much like Will (Tukuafu) was for us last year. That is why we made that switch right now. We will feel free to go back in time whenever we think we need to.”
  • Brandon Cottom and Tre Madden are now taking on all of the fullback duties, with Cottom the leader in the clubhouse for that position, it would appear.
  • As noted earlier, DeShawn Shead worked with the No. 1 defense as an outside corner in the nickel with Jeremy Lane moving inside to the slot. That’s a role Tharold Simon is also competing for, and a battle that will be a fun one to watch throughout camp.
  • LT Garry Gilliam did not take part in team drills but did do some individual work. Gilliam said later he is fine after having had a cyst removed from his knee in the spring, and Carroll said the team is just being cautious. “I think he’s looking great, he feels great,” Carroll said. “He doesn’t feel any restrictions at all, we just have to build up some workload. He is really excited about this season. He has just grown so much, so quickly. Really looking forward to the challenge on the left side. It is kind of what we always pictured him. We thought he was a classic left tackle and the opportunity opened up there on the side last year so this is kind of where we hoped it would go. I don’t think it’s going to take him maybe a week or something before the trainers will feel like they will totally just let him go.”
  • Mike Morgan indeed worked as the starter at strongside linebacker. But that is going to be another good battle to watch with Cassius Marsh and Eric Pinkins also in the running. Here’s what Carroll said about it afterward: “Mike Morgan has been around so long, we love Mike Morgan, he is the guy we can count on, and we know what he is going to do. He understands the system. He is as rock solid as we could hope for in every situation, he is the first guy up right now, but it really is wide open. I am excited to see what Cassius (Marsh) does, I’m really excited to see what Pink (Eric Pinkins) does. It is just going to take some time though. They have to accumulate a lot of snaps to get that information.”
  • Carroll when asked what he’s most excited to see in camp: “We are really excited about watching the running back group develop. We are really excited to see how our pass rush comes together. The tight end spot, Nick Vannett really gave us a real boost when we saw him on our field, we are really excited about how all that is going to come together. The O-line is still, there will always be a focus for us there. It is a great looking group, but better than that there are competitive aspects in almost all positions. What is going on in the middle and the last few spots on the receiver thing is really exciting. We have some really good guys there and some guys to come challenge. Paul (Richardson) looked fantastic today, he’s back in action with us. I think all around the whole field I think it is like that. Defense and the secondary in the corner spots, there are a lot of corners here and a lot of guys that can play. It is a very talented group, so I see it in so many different areas.”
  • Here’s Carroll’s full quote on Chris Clemons deciding to retire: “He just didn’t want to play anymore, he was done. When we went into it I had a little thought that we might be getting near the end for Chris and I’m more than surprised by that to tell you the truth. He was a terrific player, a great guy on our team, we loved having him and loved the thought of him coming back to us, we were excited about that but it wasn’t going to work out for him.”
  • Brandon Browner had a really active day playing mostly safety, including a pass breakup that caused Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor to race across the field for a chest bump. Said Carroll of Browner: “He is a monster of a football player. He is such an unusual stature person at his position that he just jumps out. We are going to figure out how to utilize him. He is playing safety right now and he’s having fun learning that spot, playing with Kam (Chancellor) so they are working it out. But also there are other things you can do with him too and we are already implementing how to spot him and with match ups and things like that. He is a very unique football player and if we can keep the official’s hands out of their pockets when he’s playing. I think that’s something he has to do a good job for us, but I am excited because I love unique players and he is one of a kind.”
  • Finally, here’s what Carroll said about what happened with C.J. Prosise, who hurt his hamstring early and was out the rest of the day, leaving a lot of reps for Zac Brooks working behind Michael and Alex Collins: “He felt his hamstring a little bit in one of the special teams drills right off the bat. He’s getting some hard work in with Kam (Chancellor) and a bunch of other guys and then on the first day he gets out here and feels his hamstring a little bit, so I don’t know what that means.”