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Monday in Hawkville: Building blocks for rookie center Jared Smith
A recap of the day’s events at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 5, when the Seahawks held the 10th practice in their training camp presented by Bing:
PLAYS OF THE DAY
Offense: Brady Quinn had his best day of camp throwing the ball, including a 54-yard completion to rookie wide receiver Arceto Clark on a third-and-9 play. Phil Bates made a falling grab of a 45-yarder from Quinn. And Golden Tate went up and over safety DeShawn Shead to catch a deep ball from Tarvaris Jackson.
But it’s about time the blockers got some love, and rookie center Jared Smith had a play during the 9-on-7 drill with a double block to spring Marshawn Lynch that you had to love. After snapping the ball, Smith sealed the three-technique defensive tackle to given Lynch a lane at the line. Then, Smith peeled off to get the linebacker, allowing Lynch to cut behind that block.
“We have different keys and certain reads depending on the linebacker and the down linemen that we have,” said Smith, a seventh-round draft choice who was a defensive tackle at New Hampshire. “On that one, I got the three-tech off the snap, came off to the ’backer and Marshawn Lynch got a real good hole out of it and it turned out to be a really good play.”
On a play that included key blocks from a lineman who was working on tackling the ball carrier a year ago.
“It’s not bad,” said Smith, adding the expected and obligatory, but …
“This is one of the better days I’ve had here,” he added. “But it’s like coach says, and I’m sure coach would agree, I have a long, long, long, long way to go. So every day I come out here and focus on the little stuff – get all the mental stuff down, reading all my keys and just be 100 percent mental-wise. And then learn technique after that, so I know what I’m doing.
“I’ve just got to keep working at it and getting better and better every day.”
Defense: Again, there were several contenders, including an interception by Shead; Shead’s leaping deflection of a pass intended for Doug Baldwin; cornerback Walter Thurmond breaking up not one, not two, but three passes; and another interception by cornerback Jeremy Lane.
The pick, however, is a heads-up play Lane made after a long run up the sideline by rookie Christine Michael. Lane never gave up on the play, poking the ball from Michael’s grasp, recovering the fumble and running up the sideline in the opposite direction.
“That’s not giving up on the play, and effort,” said Lane, who shared the credit with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn an head coach Pete Carroll by adding, “D.Q. teaches that, and Pete Carroll, too – get the ball out all the time, always go after the ball. So that’s what I keep in mind. Whenever I have a chance to get the ball, I try to get it.”
Special teams: Kick a 58-yard field goal; get your name in Hawkville. And that’s exactly what Steven Hauschka did during the special teams period.
POSITION WATCH: CENTER
“Mike Person has improved himself,” Carroll said earlier in camp. “He’s stronger and I think he had gained 15 pounds or so from a year ago. He looks great. He’s versatile enough to play tackle and he’s playing at center some. So that’s a real positive.”
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"I’m always playing quarterback in my mind. So I can definitely appreciate what Russell Wilson is doing."
Rookie Chris Harper, who was a quarterback in college before switching to wide receiver
Fullback Michael Robinson and tight end Michael Palmer returned to practice after missing time.
In addition to Unger, defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Jesse Williams and wide receivers Bryan Walters and Early Doucet also sat out with unspecified injuries. Running back Robert Turbin, who was cleared to practice on Sunday, did not participate. Offensive guard James Carpenter took part in early drills, but sat out the team portions of practice.
Still sidelined: defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring), defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin (groin), cornerback Ron Parker (hamstring), tight end Darren Fells (hamstring) and wide receiver Stephen Williams (neck).
Don’t look now, but there are only four more practices that are open to the public – Tuesday, Sunday and next Tuesday and Wednesday. All four sessions already are sold out.
After the 10:15 a.m. practice tomorrow, the players will have one on Wednesday that is closed before the team flies to San Diego for Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Chargers. The game will be televised by KCPQ/13, with Curt Menefee handling the play-by-play and former Seahawks and University of Washington QB Brock Huard as the analyst.
Today’s practice, the first Monday session of camp because the players were off last week, attracted a crowd of 2,550 fans.