Seahawks training camp wrapped on Thursday
By Liz Mathews
Seahawks training camp officially broke on Thursday, compressing nearly an entire offseason into just three weeks.
â€œYeah, this happened way too fast, that itâ€™s done in this regard,” said Pete Carroll Thursday after practice. “Weâ€™ve had great competitiveness, which is what we always hope for and the players rallied around the style of practice â€“ the high tempo and the energy that we expect of them and competing every day, they did that.
“So I think weâ€™ve done what we can. Now itâ€™s just, as we say, itâ€™s just a race to the finish line of the beginning and weâ€™ll see how it goes.”
All in all, what Carroll said he noticed most throughout camp is that the team is “faster, stronger and bigger” than last year. Without nearly the number of personnel changes, the Seahawks were able to acquire some key players during free agency to compliment the draft class and and existing roster.
“Weâ€™ve got a lot of big decisions to make with a lot of young kids that we have not seen as much as we normally have and so weâ€™re going to have to project some thoughts on guys and hopefully we can do a really good job of that,” said Carroll. The plan for now is to use Saturday’s game against the Vikings as a chance to expose the new players to CenturyLink Field and to give the starters some much-needed game reps.
“So itâ€™s just an interesting mix and we feel the crunch of it, but everybody else is the same way,” Carroll continued. “I donâ€™t feel any gripes about it. Itâ€™s just this is what it is and weâ€™ve got to make the most of it.â€
Left tackle Russell Okung was on the field Thursday, but was limited in participation. Carroll said that Okung is possibly one to two weeks out from returning to play, although he would not confirm that he’d be ready by the regular season opener against the 49ers. “We think he has a real good chance to do that, but I donâ€™t know that,” said Carroll. “I wonâ€™t know until he gets back out, but heâ€™s way ahead of the schedule that we have seen him on before and thatâ€™s a great sign. All indications are that heâ€™ll have a great chance to do that.”
Okung also spoke to the media on Thursday and said that he would like to get back to practice as soon as possible. Referring to his participation, said Okung: “As you can see it’s coming on a lot faster than I thought it was, so I’m just waiting around.”
Carroll confirmed that defensive end Red Bryant is back to full speed and will play in Saturday’s game. Wide receiver Kris Durham will also see some action on Saturday but Ben Obomanu will sit the game out, still recovering from his offseason injury.
Defensive end A. J. Schable was injured during practice on Thursday, but was able to walk off the field unassisted.
News and Notes
The following players did not participate in practice on Thursday: CB Kelly Jennings, CB Walter Thurmond, CB Roy Lewis, DE Chris Clemons, DE Pierre Allen, DT Colin Cole, DT Ryan Sims, TE Cameron Morrah, TE John Carlson and WR Deon Butler.
The team released cornerback Marcus Brown and re-signed fullback Dorson Boyce to the 90-man roster, Thursday afternoon.
The Seahawks have a closed walk-thru on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s game.