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Thursday in Hawkville: Jon Ryan with the touchdown pass?
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 1, when the Seahawks held the seventh practice in their training camp presented by Bing:
PLAYS OF THE DAY: EARL THOMAS, RUSSELL WILSON-TO-JERMAINE KEARSE AND A JON RYAN TD PASS
Defense: Now you see him, now you don’t. Earl Thomas is the exact opposite of that old line, because too often the quarterback doesn’t see the All-Pro free safety until it’s too late.
That was the case during a red-zone drill, as Brady Quinn looked and looked and looked for an open receiver in the end zone. Quinn then saw one, but he didn’t see Thomas lurking. Instead of Quinn getting an end-zone completion, Thomas made an end-zone interception.
“Instincts, and he has them,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said of Thomas’ latest now-you-don’t-see-him, now-you-do play. “That great play he had today, he had a sense and a feel for it and when to go. Down there, you’ve got to go take your shot. And he did that.
“I think it’s just another example of the studying part of it, the instincts part of it. Those two have now intermixed.”
Thomas had the instincts when he arrived as a first-round draft choice in 2010, when Quinn was the team’s defensive line coach. After two seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida, Quinn is back with the Seahawks in that role – and he has been impressed by Thomas’ increased understanding of the game.
“Now he sees alignments and splits and plays a few times, so it’s like those two worlds are combining and that’s when it’s like what you saw today,” Quinn said. “You can tell the improvement that he’s made from mental errors in the plays that he makes now.”
And this wasn’t Kearse running free to grab Wilson’s pass. Kearse made a falling catch of a pass that Wilson laid over cornerback Walter Thurmond.
“Russell threw a perfect pass and I just tried to make a play on it,” Kearse said.
Which was better? The throw? Or the catch? “It was a good pass. But it was a tough catch, I had Walt on my back,” Kearse said. “So I think the credit goes to both of us.”
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“It’s pretty cool.
Special teams: As Steven Hauschka was lining up for a chip-shot attempt, everyone was expecting another field goal from the steady-as-he-goes kicker. But special teams coordinator Brian Schneider opted for the “fire drill” that comes when something goes wrong with the snap or hold – even though neither happened on this play.
Punter Jon Ryan, also the holder, rolled to his right and threw a touchdown pass.
Just another indication of Ryan’s untapped athletic skills? “If that’s what you want to write down, I’m all for that,” he said with a laugh.
INJURY REPORT: PERCY HARVIN UPDATE
The big news was the news everyone had been waiting for: The update from coach Pete Carroll after receiver/returner/running Percy Harvin had surgery in New York this morning to repair a torn labrum in his hip.
There is no timetable on when Harvin might be able to return, but Carroll said it’s possible that Harvin could play at some point this season.
“We’re going to be very optimistic and hope that he’s going to get back as soon as possible,” Carroll said. “We’re hopeful that he will have a chance to get back.”
The list of sidelined players grew as two rookie defensive linemen sat out – Jesse Williams, to rest a knee; and Kenneth Boatright (arm).
Also sidelined: middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (shoulder), cornerback Jeremy Lane (foot), linebacker Kyle Knox (groin), tight ends Darren Fells (hamstring) and Michael Palmer (groin), defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring), cornerback Ron Parker (hamstring) and tackle Michael Bowie (hamstring).
“There’s an array of guys that we’re resting, just because it’s time to do that,” Carroll said.
Rookie tight end Luke Willson practiced in a red no-contact jersey because he has a sore shoulder. Carroll said wide receiver Sidney Rice could return in “a day or so” after having a nonsurgical procedure on a bothersome knee in Switzerland.
PLAYER WATCH: COOPER HELFET
Asked about the second-year tight end, Carroll began by pointing out that he and Helfet attended the same junior high school in Northern California. “Almost the same neighborhood,” Carroll said.
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Wide receiver Perez Ashford has been claimed off waivers from the Patriots and the club also signed Andrei Lintz, a rookie tight end from Washington State.
To clear spots on the 90-man roster wide receiver Greg Herd was waived/injured and running back Ray Holley was waived. If Herd clears waivers, he will revert to the Seahawks’ reserve/IR list.
The 5-foot-11, 182-pound Ashford signed with the Browns after the NFL Draft, but was released in May. He signed with the Patriots in July. He caught 110 passes for 1,192 yards in four seasons at Northern Illinois. Lintz had a tryout with the Saints in April. He had 10 catches for 114 yards in 43 games for the Cougars.
The coach then added, “He had a great day.”
That Helfet did. He had a one-handed grab of a Wilson pass for a touchdown in the final segment of practice and earlier made a falling catch of a Tarvaris Jackson pass along the sideline and also went down to get a low throw from Quinn.
“He made about five catches today, and about three of them were circus catches,” Carroll said. “He started camp a little slow. But he’s got great hands and it really came together for him today. It was fun to see him doing that.”
POSITION WATCH: KICKOFF RETURNER
With Harvin out indefinitely, who will return kickoffs? Leon Washington had done it at a Pro Bowl level the past three seasons, but he was released in March after Harvin was acquired in a trade with the Vikings.
Wide receiver Golden Tate is lobbying for the job, but Carroll isn’t sure he wants Tate doing it on a fulltime basis because he’s also the starting split end and likely replacement for Washington on punt returns. Other candidates include rookie running back Christine Michael, wide receiver Bryan Walters and Lane, Carroll said, and cornerback Will Blackmon and wide receiver Arceto Clark also have returned kickoffs in camp.
UP NEXT: MOCK GAME ON FRIDAY
The 10:15 morning practice routine of the first seven practices gives way to a 1 p.m. practice on Friday that will feature a mock-game situation.
“We’ll present a bunch of situations,” Carroll said. “Actually we’ll play it out like it’s a game and then I’ll just kind of orchestrate the stuff.”
It’s not just another practice for the players.
“I’m telling these guys, it’s a test day for them to show us where they are, how far we’ve come as we’re one week away from the game,” Carroll said.
That would be next Thursday’s preseason opener against the Chargers in San Diego.
Today’s practice attracted the largest crowd of fans yet – 2,850.