A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 18, when the Seahawks held their “Competition Wednesday” practice as they begin preparing for Friday night’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field:
WORD OF THE DAY: BACKERS
Smith, the Super Bowl MVP from the Seahawks’ 43-8 romp over the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2, had offseason ankle surgery. Toomer, a promising third-year player who has been injured the past two seasons, had been on the physically unable to perform list because a hamstring injury.
Each was limited, but their participation in individual drills was the needed next step in them getting back into full action before the preseason ends.
“It’s a great deal to get him back,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice when asked about Smith, who also played for him at USC. “It’s been a long offseason for him – a highlighted offseason – but it’s still been hard on him getting right.
“He’s got great versatility. We totally trust him. He’s been with us forever – since like fourth grade, it seems. So he’s a real fixture in our defense. We love his flexibility and he’s such a great playmaker.”
Two of the biggest plays Smith made last season came in the biggest games of the season. He intercepted
Still out is middle linebacker and two-time leading tackler
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“They've got a formula. Pete Carroll, John Schneider and their whole staff up there have a formula for the type of player they want. … They put a very talented roster together with a lot of depth and a lot of speed. And it fits their system in all three phases.”
– Chargers coach Mike McCoy following his Saturday video review of Friday night’s game
“He’s working real hard and trying to figure it out,” Carroll said of Jeffcoat, who has been primarily a rush-end since signing with the Seahawks in May after the NFL Draft. “He’s still in transition mode from where he was a down rusher all the time. It’s taken some time, but we’ll continue to give him shots and let him show us what he can do.”
INJURY REPORT: O’BRIEN SCHOFIELD, BRYAN WALTERS SIT OUT TO REST
Defensive end O’Brien Schofield did not practice to rest a knee, while wide receiver/returner
“He’s not hurt,” Carroll said of Schofield, who had a sack and four QB hits against the Chargers. “We just thought it would be good for him to rest his knee so he took a day off.”
Walters had a 22-yard punt return and a 29-yard kickoff return against the Chargers.
“He was awesome,” Carroll said. “Everybody is fired up about what he brought. He was really a valuable player in that game. You could tell the way he was jumping around and making things happen. His great decisions on short balls that save us yardage and make something out of it just shows his savvy and his experience.”
PLAYER WATCH: J.R. SWEEZY
“Sweezy played a fantastic half,” Carroll said. “If you look at Sweezy’s plays, he had a bunch of knockdowns and really aggressive blocks that we were really excited about.”
So excited, Carroll said, that he showed a mini-Sweezy highlight video during the team meeting.
POSITION WATCH: LEFT TACKLE
“We’re just doing it for versatility,” Carroll said of the double switch. “We moved Alvin to right, just to make these guys have to go on the other sides to get them some time there for the future.”
OFFICIALLY SPEAKING: PENALTY ON THAROLD SIMON WASN’T
The league office agrees.
“They said as they observed it that that shouldn’t have been called,” Carroll said.
STAT DU JOUR: WHAT A RUSH
One of the most-asked questions after the Seahawks’ 41-14 victory over the Chargers on Friday was: Have you ever seen a game where quarterbacks rushed for four touchdowns? On the rare occasions when the answer was “Yes,” it was a college game. But Friday night,
- Texans (Oct. 16, 2005) – 5: Shaun Alexander 4; Maurice Morris 1
- Bills (Dec. 16, 2012) – 4: Russell Wilson 3;
- Cardinals (Sept. 25, 2005) – 4: Shaun Alexander 4
- Vikings (Sept. 29, 2002) – 4: Shaun Alexander 4
- Jaguars (Nov. 12, 1995) – 4: Chris Warren, Joey Galloway, Mack Strong, Tracy Johnson
- Broncos (Dec. 11, 1988) – 4: Curt Warner 4
- 49ers (Oct. 7, 1979) – 4: Dan Doornink 2, Sherman Smith, Jim Zorn
- Browns (Dec. 3, 1978) – 4: David Sims 4
- Bills (Oct. 30, 1977) – 4: Sherman Smith, David Sims, Al Hunter, Jim Zorn
UP NEXT: “TURNOVER THURSDAY”
Because this week’s preseason game is again on Friday, the players will hold their “Turnover Thursday” practice on Tuesday.
Following the game against the Bears at CenturyLink Field, the first mandatory roster cut to 75 players must be made by next Tuesday.