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Sunday in Hawkville: It was a Beast-ly productive day at Seahawks training camp
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 4, when the Seahawks held the ninth practice in their training camp presented by Bing:
PLAYS OF THE DAY: A WHOLE LOT OF MARSHAWN LYNCH AND JUST ENOUGH HEATH FARWELL
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"The thing I like about him is how guys who have played with him and have been on his team talk about him."
Pete Carroll on Early Doucet, the former Cardinals wide receiver who was signed on Friday and practiced with the team for the first time today
Offense: Russell Wilson scrambled and scored, with a nifty reach to the pylon just as he was going out of bounds. Spencer Ware, Sean McGrath, Golden Tate, Cooper Helfet and Perez Ashford caught touchdown passes. But this day belonged to the body of work displayed by Marshawn Lynch, as the team's leading rusher was in his Beast Mode groove from start to finish.
Lynch is the type who would prefer to let his actions to speak for him, and today he was downright chatty.
He had a nice run on a draw play out of the shotgun early in practice. He later made a nice cutback to turn what looked like nothing into a 6-yard gain. He then bulled for 5 yards on a third-and-2 play. And in the 4-minute drill that ended practice, Lynch carried for 6, 2, 7 and 5 yards – with the best run being the 7-yarder on third-and-2 after Wilson faked as if he was going left and then pitched back to Lynch to the right.
"Marshawn has been right dead on the money," coach Pete Carroll said on yet another gorgeous day along the shores of Lake Washington. "He's done everything extremely well. He's really fit. Mentality, attitude, everything's been great. He's done everything we've asked of him."
"It feels good to actually get to play some linebacker," Farwell said. "The preseason is an opportunity to kind of prove to the coaching staff and to my teammates that I can still play linebacker if we need me."
Farwell has been needed the past few practice because starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner has been out with a sore shoulder. So Allen Bradford is working with the No. 1 defense and Farwell with the No. 2 unit.
But if they do, Farwell is not only ready but prepared. That was obvious as he prevented what looked like a sure TD pass.
"I'm kind of beating myself up because I didn't intercept it," he said. "To the fans, it's a good play. To the coaching staff, it's a good play. But I look it as if I should have intercepted it and made a great play."
POSITION WATCH: NICKEL BACK
There's Antoine Winfield, a three-time Pro Bowl selection while with the Vikings who was signed in free agency and is working as the third corner who covers the slot receiver. There's Walter Thurmond, the freakishly talented by oft-injured former fourth-round draft choice.
"Right now, Walter is trying to win that nickel spot," Carroll said. "That's the first thing and then he wants to play corner, too, and he can do both."
But first things first. And, as Carroll put it, "This is going to be a real battle." Here's his assessment on the two leading candidates for the nickel back role, as Winfield is working with the No. 1 unit and Thurmond with the No. 2 unit:
On Winfield: "Antoine is a gifted football player. He's been terrific. He just knows what's going on, just like you would think. Makes the most of his plays. He's been in great position. Takes away a lot of routes, so we can't even throw it."
On Thurmond: "Walter has played very well. Walter being healthy, as he's been, it's really been a great boost for us to see him and for himself. His confidence is really up and he's playing well."
ROOKIE WATCH: JESSE WILLIAMS
The fifth-round draft choice had what Carroll labeled "a really good day" in Friday's mock day.
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They arrive by the bus load, decked out in their Seahawks Sunday best, to watch practice. Today's crowd of 2,850 tied for the largest of camp so far.
Fans were wearing jerseys of the current players – Wilson (No. 3, in blue, white and gray), Lynch (24), All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas (29), All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman (25), Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung (76), strong safety Kam Chancellor, defensive end Red Bryant (79) and wide receivers Golden Tate (81) and Sidney Rice (18). Today, there was even a mini-Jon Ryan No. 9 jersey – on Ryan's nephew.
But fans also were flying the jerseys of players past. There were the expected – Steve Largent (80), Kenny Easley (45), Mack Strong (38), Shaun Alexander (37), Cortez Kennedy (96), Chad Brown (94), John Carlson (89) and Trufant (23), all members of the Seahawks' 35th Anniversary team. There were the unexpected – a No. 17 that was John Friesz, not Dave Krieg; and Justin Forsett (20). There were the in between – Leroy Hill (56) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (84).
At 325 pounds, the defensive tackle from Alabama and Australia brings an element the line needs after Alan Branch signed elsewhere in free agency – size and length at the three-technique spot.
"He really looked good," Carroll said. "That's the best he's looked, by far. He played very physical football and controlled the line of scrimmage well. He's a real smart kid, real smart football player. You can see the savvy that he has. He senses a lot of stuff.
"So this is a real exciting preseason for us, and for him. We want to see where he fits in."
Running back Robert Turbin, last year's fourth-round draft choice, passed his physical and has been removed from the physically unable to perform list. Turbin, who had been sidelined by a sore foot, is scheduled to participate in today's walkthrough and practice on Monday.
But fullback Michael Robinson (ankle), defensive end Bruce Irvin (groin) and wide receiver Stephen Williams (neck) sat out, joining an injury list that already included tight ends Darren Fells (hamstring) and Michael Palmer (groin), defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring) and cornerback Ron Parker (hamstring).
The players will practice on Monday and Tuesday mornings, starting at 10:15, and again on Wednesday before the team flies to San Diego for Thursday night's preseason opener.
"It's great to play a game. We need to play a game," Carroll said. "These games are hugely important to us. This is when we tackle full speed and cover kicks full speed and start to find our legs and our whole style of play. So this is a big deal for us. We don't take these lightly at all."