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Saturday in Hawkville: More impressive plays from Golden Tate & Richard Sherman

Posted Jul 27, 2013

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for July 27, when the Seahawks held the third practice in their training camp that is presented by Bing.

PLAYS OF THE DAY

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Training Camp LIVE

Want to see what’s happening at practice for yourself? Digital media host Tony Ventrella is doing a live webcast during the first hour of each practice at Seahawks.com.

Friday’s webcast attracted viewers from 50 countries, while among the viewers this morning was someone aboard an Alaska Airlines flight.

Offense: Different day, and route, for Golden Tate. But the result was familiar as the fourth-year wide receiver made a falling grab of a Russell Wilson pass in the end zone against not only tight but physical coverage from 6-foot-4 cornerback Brandon Browner.

Tate made a similar catch against Browner along the sideline on Thursday. But this one was even better, because of where he made it – and how he made it, with Browner trying to rip the ball from his grasp.

“Just a great throw by Russ. He gave me a chance and I just do what I do,” Tate said. “I just tried to make a play. I think any ball in there I have a chance. If I can get to it, I have a chance to make a play. I think that’s one thing that this organization relies on me for, to make big plays, make the plays I’m supposed to make and make the plays that are 50-50.”

The fact that Tate’s two biggest plays in camp have come against a big corner who plays tenacious coverage makes it all the better.

“The one thing, our DBs and also us, we really appreciate that,” Tate said. “I feel like if I can compete with these guys every day, once Week 1 comes I don’t feel like the players we’ll face will be as good as our DBs. Our whole secondary is Pro Bowl players, so I feel like I’m going against the best every single day.

“I feel that has helped me get better. I think that’s helping us as a group.”

O’BRIEN SCHOFIELD CLAIMED

Outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals. To clear a roster spot, rookie tackle Jake Bscherer was released.

Schofield was the Cardinals’ fourth-round draft choice in 2010 and he played in 35 games the past three seasons with nine starts last season. He had 36 tackles and four sacks, before an ankle injury ended his season.

He is the cousin of former Seahawks wide receiver Bobby Engram and ex-NFL defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday.

Defense: Richard Sherman was a wide receiver at Stanford before moving to cornerback for his senior season. Today, the Seahawks’ All-Pro corner played a pass from Wilson as if he was the intended receiver to make an interception.

“I had to kind of bait him,” Sherman said. “Russell is a great quarterback. He makes his reads quick. So sometimes you’ve got to make him see what he doesn’t see.”

As good as the anticipation was on the pick, what followed was even better.

First, Sherman lateraled the ball to All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas. “Get the ball to Earl and he’s going to make magic happen,” Sherman said. “So that’s what I was trying to do.”

Later, Sherman and Wilson had a conversion to dissect just what had happened on the play. “Russ is a technician. He hates making mistakes. He hates things like that,” Sherman said. “So he wants to know what we see, what we saw on the play. He’s a great player, we’re great players. So it was just great minds just working to try and make our team better.”

Special teams: The in-practice segment for these units involves kicking field goals, and today incumbent kicker Steven Hauschka nailed one from 56 yards while Carson Wiggs hit from 58 yards.

POSITION WATCH: OFFENSIVE GUARD

Asked about the biggest difference in the offensive line from a year ago, coach Pete Carroll pointed to two very large factors: James Carpenter and J.R. Sweezy. They could end up being the starting guards – Carpenter on the left side, Sweezy on the right.

But a year ago, Carpenter was on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list when camp opened while completing his rehab from knee surgery that ended his rookie season after nine games and Sweezy was in the early stages of making his transition from college defensive lineman to NFL guard.

“James has had three really good days of showing that he’s recovered and he’s on his way,” Carroll said of Carpenter. “That just makes it, again, so much more competitive for us and deeper.”

Carpenter is working on the left side with the No. 2 line, while Paul McQuistan continues to fill the spot in the first unit.

“How that plays out I don’t know,” Carroll said. “We’re just going to keep practicing and see what all the information gives us. But there certainly is a lot of competition on the offensive line.”

PLAYER WATCH: JEREMY LANE

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“Well, first day in (shoulder) pads. It was nice to see the guys bang around a little bit and get a little closer to what football looks like.” – Carroll

The second-year cornerback had an interception in Friday’s practice and continued to play well today on the left side with the No. 2 defense and as the nickel back in the No. 3 unit. Lane started three games late last season while Browner was serving a four-game suspension.

“Jeremy is in there competing,” Carroll said. “He’s a really good football player, and he’s really fast. He’s hardnosed, a tough guy.”

Sherman and Browner remain the starters, with Lane and Byron Maxwell taking over in the No. 2 unit and Ron Parker and Will Blackmon filling those spots in the No. 3 secondary. Antoine Winfield and Walter Thurmond are working as the nickel back in the first and second units.

“The depth at that position is nice,” Carroll said. “We like these guys. They’re competitive. And we’re going to just let them battle it out in camp here and see where it winds up.”

INJURY REPORT

Fullback Michael Robinson (sore ankle) and linebacker Heath Farwell (back spasms) sat out practice for the second consecutive day, and rookie defensive lineman Jesse Williams (sore knee) also was sidelined. Wide receiver Sidney Rice took part in the individual drills before being rested in the second half of practice.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin, one of seven players who was placed on an injury list when camp opened, has yet to get the second opinion on his sore hip. Carroll said the outcome will determine when Harvin might be able to return.

“There’s a whole array of situations that could occur,” Carroll said. “We have to wait and see. There’s everything from he might be able to come right back here in a couple of weeks and be ready to go; there may be some procedure that needs to take place, and there’s a number of different ways that could happen and the length of the recoveries depend on what has to take place. So it’s uncertain right now. But for sure we’re going to take our time and we’re going to be very patient.”  

UP NEXT

The players will practice on Sunday morning, starting at 10:15, and then get their first off day Monday.

Today’s practice attracted a crowd of 2,650 fans, as well as VIP and ADA guests. 

Among the sideline spectators were Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy; former center Robbie Tobeck, who like Kennedy was voted to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team; Ring of Honor member Jacob Green; and former CEO Tod Leiweke.

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