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Clearing out the notebook following Tuesday’s Seahawks’ OTA. …

  • To recap where we are, the Seahawks held their fifth of 10 OTAs (Organized Team Activities) on Tuesday. They will hold another on Thursday and then four more next week, from Monday-Thursday. Tuesday’s will be open to the media but the rest are closed. Seattle will then hold one mini-camp practice on June 18 that will also be open to the media. Then it is off for the summer until the beginning of training camp in late July.
  • The Seahawks had no official transactions Wednesday and have had only one minor move this week, waiving DL Tory Slater off the Injured Reserve list. He was then signed by the Browns.
  • I continue to get questions about Kasen Williams, the former UW and Skyline High receiver who took part in Seattle’s rookie mini-camp. The answer remains the same — don’t be surprised if he signs with the Seahawks prior to mini-camp. NFL rules would prohibit Williams from taking part in OTAs since UW has not held its graduation yet. With Williams having already taken part in the rookie mini-camp as a tryout player, there isn’t a real need for the Seahawks to sign him now since he can’t take part in workouts, anyway. Some have asked what’s the difference between Williams’ situation and that of, say, Jermaine Kearse in 2012. Kearse, recall, was signed as an undrafted free agent so the team could get him into its rookie mini-camp. Williams had signed with the Bengals, as well. But he became available after failing his physical, and Seattle got him in quickly on a tryout basis. Not having him on the 90-man roster now allows them to look at someone else in OTAs. And obviously, they’d have to release someone to get Williams on the 90-man. But those moves happen all the time.
  • There were a couple of new players sidelined on Tuesday — linebacker Mike Morgan and OT Garry Gilliam. Since Pete Carroll didn’t meet the media we didn’t get details. But neither looked serious. Gilliam being out, though, allowed undrafted free agent Jesse Davis to get a lot of work with the second-team offense at left tackle. You’ll recall that OL coach Tom Cable raved about Davis after the rookie mini-camp (and Cable surely has a soft spot for a player who is a fellow Idaho Vandal alum). It’s really hard to judge linemen in these settings but Cable obviously must be seeing something he likes in Davis and at the moment, I’d put him on the short list of UDFAs who may have a chance to hang around a while.
  • There is an awful lot of mixing and matching of the OLs after the starting unit so you always have to be wary about reading too much into who is where. But the No. 2 OL, as I saw it when they first went to team sessions, was Kona Schwenke at RT, Drew Nowak at RG, Patrick Lewis at center, Will Pericak at RG and Davis at LT. The team’s three OL draft picks seemed to be rotating in from there, with Mark Glowinski also getting some work at RT as well as guard, with Kristjan Sokoli remaining at C and Terry Poole at LG. Keavon Milton also got work with the twos at RT.
  • Morgan worked with the ones at SLB last week when we got a chance to watch one OTA. But with Morgan out Tuesday, Kevin Pierre-Louis took that role, working with the starting LB unit alongside K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner. Bruce Irvin is the regular starting SLB. But his future is obviously uncertain and Pierre-Louis is getting some good work now grooming him to maybe take over that role long-term. As Jayson Jenks noted in our impressions, Pierre-Louis had one of the plays of the day on Tuesday with an interception turned “pick-six.” The backup LBs were usually Brock Coyle in the middle, Eric Pinkins at SLB and Tyrell Adams at WLB with Mister Alexander also working in there.
  • No surprise here, but when the No. 1 offense began in its three-WR sets, the three receivers were Jermaine Kearse and Chris Matthews on the outside and Doug Baldwin in the slot. Matthews had been sidelined for the opening OTA with a minor injury but otherwise has been out there and was a sivible presence on Tuesday, making one TD catch during the red zone sessions that dominated the day’s work. Said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell later of Matthews: “He missed a few days. He got stepped on so he missed a few days so we haven’t had him every day, but the parts we’ve seen him, he had a nice catch down there in the red zone today. He’s done fine.”
  • It might have just been because there were so few other tailbacks available. But Derrick Coleman got some snaps at tailback, a position he also played at UCLA, and something that could maybe give the Seahawks some intriguing options down the road.
  • I wrote a little about Tarvaris Jackson and the backup QB situation on Tuesday. One interesting dynamic with Jackson is that he is represented by Joel Segal, who is also the agent for two other prominent veteran QBs who remain available for backup jobs — Michael Vick and Jason Campbell. So you’d think he has a pretty good idea of what the backup QB market is.
  • Others who remain sidelined include TE Anthony McCoy, who is coming off of two straight Achilles tendon injuries; CB Tharold Simon, who had off-season shoulder surgery; and FB Will Tukuafu (unclear what his situation is).