A recap from the first day of the Seahawks' three-day minicamp at Virginia Mason Athletic Center:
FOCUS ON: COMPETITION AND TEMPO
It was only the first practice in the team's three-day minicamp, but it also was
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"That's a great honor for all of us… It will be great fun. The guys are really looking forward to that. We all are."
Pete Carroll on the team's visit to the White House next Wednesday to be honored by President Barack Obama as the Super Bowl champions
And that's another way of saying that the players were impressed by the competitive level of the two-hour workout along the shores of Lake Washington, and caught somewhat off-guard by the tempo of the practice.
"It's definitely competitive out here," said tackle
Was Britt surprised by the intensity of the competitiveness, considering the circumstance?
"No," he said. "It's the NFL. This team won the Super Bowl last year. So it's pretty much everything I expected. … It's a competitive lifestyle, and that's why football is fun."
Make that fun, and fast.
"Well, the huddle is different. I didn't huddle back in college, so I've to get used to that," said Britt, who played at Missouri. "But the tempo's pretty fast here. You would expect that going from a no-huddle offense in college to a huddle offense in the NFL it would be slower. But really it's not that much slower.
"The play is given fast. You break the huddle. You get to the line. You're going. So it's definitely a fast-paced team and I feel like I'm in great shape for it."
THEY'RE NOT ALL ROOKIES, ESPECIALLY KOREY TOOMER
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The first and last touchdown receptions of
That's nine TD receptions of 60-plus yards and four of 70-plus. And yearly averages of 30.3, 37.8 and 47.0 yards on his scoring receptions.
Richardson also had three 200-yard receiving games, which is three of the five in school history.
Of the 56 players on the practice field, nine were selected in the NFL Draft, nine were signed as free agents just after the draft, 30 are here on a tryout basis and eight have been with the team: linebacker
And Toomer took advantage of the opportunity to flash the skills that first attracted the coaches.
"Korey looked good today," Carroll said. "Korey has had great workouts through Phase 1 and Phase 2 (of the veterans' offseason program). He's in great shape and is very determined. That's one of the guys who it's really exciting to see him have another chance at it."
PLAYS DU JOUR: A TD PASS AND A PICK
Offense: Wide receiver Paul Richardson, the first of the team's two second-round picks, getting behind cornerback
Defense: Toomer sitting on a route in the flat and then jumping the pass to make an interception. Even in a rookie minicamp practice, it's all about the ball.
UP NEXT: ANOTHER AFTERNOON PRACTICE
The players will be back on the fields at VMAC for another practice on Saturday afternoon. The rookie minicamp concludes with a midday practice on Sunday.