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Thursday in Hawkville: Tarvaris Jackson has rejoined a more mature Seahawks team
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 15, when the Seahawks held the final practice at their training camp presented by Bing:
WORD OF THE DAY: MATURITY
The Seahawks team that wrapped up training camp today isn’t the same as the one that put the wraps on training camp last year.
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“It’s always good to be back in a place where you’re wanted and a place where you can be competitive.”
Tarvaris Jackson, on being back with the Seahawks after not playing a snap for the 6-10 Bills last season
Says who? Tarvaris Jackson. The veteran quarterback was in camp a year ago, before being traded to the Buffalo Bills in late August. He’s back, after being released by the Bills and re-signing with the Seahawks in June. And the team he rejoined is different from the team he left, for one very big reason.
“This team is a little more mature,” Jackson said after practice. “I could tell guys are mature beyond their age and years in the league, and preparing the way they prepare everybody is in it together and working hard. You can just tell that everybody has the same aspirations and dreams.”
Even with the increased maturity, it’s still a ridiculously young team as evidenced by the core of key contributors who are 25-years old or younger – middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (23), All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas (24), Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson (24), linebacker K.J. Wright (24), Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung (24), wide receiver Doug Baldwin (24), All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman (25), strong safety Kam Chancellor (25) and wide receiver Golden Tate (25).
“I think we made a big improvement this camp,” Chancellor said. “Everybody hustled all of training camp; everybody busted their butt to get better. I think the communication and the camaraderie on defense is better.”
Despite an influx on new talent – cornerback Antoine Winfield, defensive linemen Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Jordan Hill, Jesse Williams and Tony McDaniel and linebacker O’Brien Schofield; and increased roles for some holdover players – linebackers Malcolm Smith and Allen Bradford and linebacker-turned-Leo-end Mike Morgan.
“All the new guys are fitting in perfect. The guys that didn’t play a lot last year are fitting in better this year,” Chancellor said. “And I think that comes from the first-unit guys showing them the way – showing them how to practice, showing them how to film study and taking it from the film to the field.”
|STUFF THE BUS|
Fans won’t be allowed to take backpacks into the game under the new league-wide security policy, but they are being asked to bring backpacks – and other school supplies – to the game.
It’s part of the annual Stuff the Bus drive, with donate items being distributed to Seattle schools.
Rookie defensive end Ty Powell and defensive lineman Jay Howard returned to practice, but 12 others were sidelined: wide receivers Sidney Rice (knee) and Percy Harvin (hip), rookie running back Christine Michael (back), guard James Carpenter (foot), defensive end Bruce Irvin (groin), McDaniel (groin), cornerback Ron Parker (hamstring) and six players who opened camp on an injury list – tight end Zach Miller (foot), defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), defensive lineman Greg Scruggs (knee), cornerback Tharold Simon (foot) and linebacker Kory Toomer (knee).
McDaniel was signed in free agency with the thought that he could challenge for the three-technique tackle spot that opened when Alan Branch left in free agency. But he won’t be able to play in Saturday night’s preseason home opener against the Broncos at CenturyLink Field.
“It’s really important,” coach Pete Carroll said when asked about McDaniel’s eventual return. “We have not seen enough to know just where he fits in. He has a chance to be one of the lead candidates for the three-technique spot, but we don’t know anything about it right now because we’ve seen such limited play. It unfortunate for Tony and there’s nothing we can do about it. He’s working hard to get well, but he just hasn’t made it back yet.”
UP NEXT: ONE MORE PRACTICE BEFORE HOME OPENER
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Yesterday, we told you that 37,175 fans attended the 14 training camp practices that were open to the public. That’s up from a total of 20,841 for last summer’s open sessions.
The players are scheduled for a 75-minute practice on Friday, their last on-field session before Saturday night’s home opener.
The players will be off on Sunday and have a walkthrough Monday afternoon, before returning on Tuesday to begin practicing for next week’s preseason game against the Packers in Green Bay on Friday night.