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Golden Tate: Pads and hits come out on Day Three
All members of the 90-man roster were present to open up training camp today at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said he "wanted to be a good teammate" by being present at today's camp and his desire to be a Seahawk for life.
NFL Media's Willie McGinest talks with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll about training camp and the upcoming season.
Action photos from the first day of practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
More than 2,500 fans came out for the first day of the Seahawks' 2016 training camp at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Seahawks players reported to Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Friday to prepare for the start of the team's 2016 training camp, which opens Saturday, July 30 with the first of 13 practices open to the public.
And about those specialists – Gresh really wants me to play him in foosball, but I’ve never even played the game before. I’m not big on setting myself up for failure. I want to play something I can at least compete in because I hate losing, so I’ll have to practice a bit before I accept the challenge. But on the flip side, Gresh wouldn’t meet me on the ping-pong table, either. He knew better. Gresh is a good dude, though. He’s funny and is definitely a positive minded person. His relationship with God is great. Any time I want to talk to him about any problems I’m having in the bible or understanding anything he’s definitely the first person I’m going to go to. He’s been very helpful.
I was pretty tired after practice and meetings yesterday, so I didn’t get into too much at the hotel. I just hung out with Sidney [Rice] and [Jermaine] Kearse a little bit and then called it quits. I hopped in my hyperbaric chamber and slept in there for about an hour and a half, got in my bed and the next thing I knew it was a new day.
Today was the first practice in pads of the season. I thought we went out and practiced hard, executed the plays well. It was different because we hadn’t been in pads since our last game of last season, so it was definitely a good feeling being out there with uppers on. It was exciting because with pads on you get the feeling that you’re closer to the season and closer to some game-action.
With the pads on those guys out there were hittin’ hard today. K.J. Wright had a few nice hits, including one on a receiver over the middle. It was fun – it was football. As receivers we expect to be hit, especially when you’re running over the middle. It was fun to see the trash-talking afterwards between K.J. and the offense. Robert Turbin got his ‘Welcome-to-the-NFL-hit’, too, but that’s a big boy so he’ll be all right. My first ‘Welcome-to-the-NFL-hit’ came against the Green Bay Packers in a preseason game my rookie year. I caught a slant and as soon as I caught it the defensive guy took my head off – I couldn’t move my neck for two weeks. I definitely remember that one.