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Monday in Hawkville: Initial reaction to B.J. Daniels is positive

Posted Aug 4, 2014

After getting few reps in the Seahawks’ first eight training camp practice, QB B.J. Daniels made up for it by throwing a pair of touchdown passes in Monday’s session.


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:

WORD OF THE DAY: B.J. DANIELS

That’s actually a name, and an initialed one at that. But B.J. Daniels got as many reps in practice on Monday as he had in the first eight training camp practices.

And the second-year quarterback made the most of his expanded opportunities.

In the final full-team portion of practice, Daniels not only led a touchdown drive, he capped it with a 23-yard scoring pass to tight end Morrell Presley – on third down. Earlier, he also passed to Doug Baldwin for the TD, as the fourth-year wide receiver went down to get Daniels’ sharply thrown ball.

“B.J. has had to take a backseat here through camp because we’re taking a great look at Terrelle Pryor,” coach Pete Carroll said. “But we’ve got to get B.J. ready to play in the game. We’d like to see him play, so we just need to get him some more reps.”

YOU DON'T SAY

“The opponent never matters in these situations. You’re working on technique, discipline and getting better as a team regardless of who you’re going against.”

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, when asked if the Broncos being the opponent makes this preseason opener different

That game comes on Thursday night in the preseason opener against the Broncos in Denver. As for Pryor, he has been altering with incumbent back Tarvaris Jackson as the No. 2 QB behind Russell Wilson. Pryor, a former starter for the Oakland Raiders, was acquired via a trade in April.

And getting Pryor more reps in practice to get him up the speed in the Seahawks’ offense had meant fewer snaps for Daniels.

“For the opportunities he’d had, B.J. has not had a great chance to get prepared,” Carroll said. “But he does know the offense, he knows what’s going on and he is a playmaker.”

PLAYS OF THE DAY: JERMAINE KEARSE WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING

Pass offense: Jermaine Kearse had several nice catches from which to choose, but the best of the bunch came when the third-year wide receiver made a falling grab of a pass from Pryor against defenders Steven Terrell and Terrance Parks.

Run offense: On a first-and-goal play in the final full-team drill, running back Christine Michael ran up the gut for a 7-yard touchdown.

Pass defense: In a three-play sequence in the 7-on-7 drill, cornerbacks Byron Maxell and Tharold Simon played “my tip was better than your tip.” Maxwell went first, and went up and over Kearse to slap the ball away. Simon followed that by making a leaping, one-handed deflection of a Wilson pass that was intended for wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Run defense: Kearse also got the ball on an end-around play, but linebacker K.J. Wright was on him just after Kearse took the handoff.

BACK AT IT: KAM CHANCELLOR, RUSSELL OKUNG PRACTICE

STAT DU JOUR: WINNING IS WINNING, EVEN IN THE PRESEASON

The Seahawks’ Super Bowl rematch with the Broncos in Denver on Thursday night is only a preseason game, but it’s also another opportunity to compete – and at the next level after 11 training camp practices. The Seahawks are unbeaten in their four previous preseason openers under coach Pete Carroll:

Year Outcome
2010 Seahawks 20, Titans 18
2011 Seahawks 24, at Chargers 17
2012 Seahawks 27, Titans 17
2013 Seahawks 31, at Chargers 10

All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor and Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle Russell Okung made their training camp debuts on Monday. They were limited to individual drills, but it was a needed next step to taking part in the full-team work. Each had been completing their rehabs following offseason surgery.

But more than a dozen players were sidelined: left guard James Carpenter and wide receivers Kevin Norwood and Phil Bates; defensive backs DeShawn Shead, Akeem Auguste, Eric Pinkins and Dion Bailey; linebackers Bobby Wagner, Malcom Smith, Bruce Irvin, Korey Toomer and Kevin Pierre-Louis; and defensive linemen Jimmy Staten and Jordan Hill.

Carroll said Carpenter could return this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. On Norwood, Carroll said, “We’re going to take our time with him. He’s not going to come back right away. It’s going to be a bit.”   

ROSTER MOVES: CORY BRANDON CLAIMED, WADE SMITH SIGNED

After losing Michael Bowie to a shoulder injury and then the Cleveland Browns, who claimed him once the Seahawks waived Bowie with an injured designation, the club restocked the competition at right tackle by claiming Cory Brandon and signing Wade Smith to challenge Justin Britt and Eric Winston.

The 6-foot-7, 325-pound Brandon entered the league as a rookie free agent in 2011, but has yet to play in an NFL game. Smith, on the other hand, as started at all five spots along the line in his 11-season NFL career and was voted to the Pro Bowl as a guard while playing for the Houston Texans in 2012. 

UP NEXT: “TURNOVER THURSDAY”

Because this is a game week, and the Seahawks’ preseason opener against the Broncos at Denver will played Thursday night, this Tuesday is actually Thursday on the Pete Carroll calendar. Thursday’s, er, Tuesday’s practice is the 10th of the 12 sold out sessions that are open to the public.

Monday’s practice attracted a crowd of 2,584 fans.