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Focus on: Spencer Ware
But don’t forget about Spencer Ware, because the coaches haven’t.
After an out-of-sight, out-of-mind rookie season, last year’s sixth-round draft choice has returned from the ankle injury that ended his NFL debut after only two games.
“Spencer showed some stuff last year,” said Sherman Smith, the Seahawks’ original running back who is now in his fifth season coaching the position on Pete Carroll’s staff. “The thing he’s got to do is stay healthy. Spencer has nice run skills. I love the way he runs the ball.
“He’s not a real fast guy, but he’s fast enough to be dangerous.”
Turbin and Michael are splitting the first-team reps with Lynch a no-show, but Saturday it was Ware who had two of nicer runs – as he used a stutter step to get through the hole on the first and an impressive change of direction to turn the second into an even longer gain.
“Last year was an adjustment, coming from the collegiate level, just because of the work ethic – and not only on the field but off the field in the film room,” Ware said. “This year, I’ve spent a lot of time doing that. I’m more self-motivated and not worried about, ‘Oh, am I going to make the team,’ or anything like that.
“Another thing is I’m at one position now, not two. So I’m able to focus on that position with the specific reps I get.”
“This year, it’s about taking care of my body for the long run,” Ware said. “I’m just looking forward to the opportunity this year.”
Ware has one primary goal: To be accountable.
“I want them to be able to depend on me in the game,” he said.
His role model in this quest has become Turbin.
“One person they depend on tremendously is Robert Turbin,” Ware said. “Pass game, run game, he knows his stuff. He’s assignment sound. He’s a professional. He comes out here every day and he works really hard. That’s something I’m feeding off of, and hopefully I’ll be able to display it for the coaches and they’ll see the work I put in during the offseason.”
Especially if he continues to show up the way he has in the first two training camp practices.