A recap of the third, and final, practice in the Seahawks’ three-day rookie minicamp at Virginia Mason Athletic Center:
WORD OF THE DAY: COMPETITION
That’s been the word every day, all day, since Pete Carroll first walked into VMAC in 2010. But on the final day of the team’s rookie minicamp, the Seahawks’ fifth-year coach let them play.
Sunday’s practice ended with a scrimmage, and the scrimmage ended on a déjà vu note as Thomas Wolfe, a tryout cornerback from Fort Valley State, tipped a
That’s how the NFC Championship game all-but-ended in January, when All-Pro cornerback
“That’s competition at its best right there,” said fullback
Added defensive back and sixth-round pick
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So why wasn’t he drafted? A comparison of his two most-productive seasons to those of the edge rushers who were selected in the first-round does little to answer that question:
Note: TFL = Tackles For Losses
The Green team, co-coached by assistant strength and conditioning coaches Jamie Yanchar and Mondray Gee, won 10-7 because of that last-play pick.
“It’s really exciting to see these guys come out here and battle like they did,” Carroll said. “We tried to give them a feel for what it’s like to be part of the Seahawks and these guys really answered the call and worked really hard for us.”
The Green team, led by tryout quarterback Zach Zulli from Shippensburg, took a 3-0 lead as Zulli completed six of his first seven passes for 85 yards before finishing 0 for 3 and settling for being awarded a field goal after reaching the 7-yard line.
The Blue team, coached by head strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle, took a 7-3 lead on the next possession as Price was 4 of 4 for 71 yards – including 12-yard TD pass to wide receiver
Zulli then rallied the Green team to a TD, which came on his 5-yard pass to Allen. But only after Zulli had scrambled twice for 27 yards on third-and-13 and third-and-12 plays and also hit three other passes for 45 yards – including a 12-yarder to tight end
In addition to the final play interception, the defenses got two sacks from defensive end Cody Bauer, a tryout player from Rice; and one each from defensive ends
“We’re always looking for just that competitiveness, the guys that battle and come out just busting their tail and digging and scratching to get to the ball,” Carroll said. “We’re looking for that first. We’ll figure out their talent in time, but we want to get a sense for their nature.”
THIS (OPPORTUNITY FOR) PRICE WAS RIGHT
Price, the rookie free agent quarterback from the University of Washington, had called this three-day camp “an amazing opportunity” because of the reps he would get after seeing very limited time during the offseason program drills during the week. And Price made the most of it.
“Keith did really well,” Carroll said. “It’s like he’s been around longer than he has. He’s very comfortable. He’s a very natural quarterback. He’s very comfortable in the pocket. He moves very well. Made a lot of big throws, threw the ball down the field really well for us.
“So he did a very good job and looks like he could help us.”
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“Pretty much everybody is a student-athlete, so you’ve got to be able to decipher the two. You’ve got to be able to do school and play sports. That’s the reason they have you in college because they believe that you can do that.”
Sixth-round draft choice Eric Pinkins, on taking his finals at San Diego State last week while other rookies were participating in the veterans’ offseason program
After spending the first two days at cornerback, Eric Pinkins worked at safety on Sunday. Pinkins played a hybrid “warrior safety” position at San Diego State where he covered the slot receiver at 6 feet 3, 220 pounds.
“We wanted to make sure that we could see him at both spots,” Carroll said. “It’s really good he can play in both spots, we’ll see how it works out.”
Said Pinkins, “I’m an athlete, so I’ll play wherever they want me to play.”
PLAYS OF THE DAY: NON-SCRIMMAGE VARIETY
Offense: We’ll steer clear of the scrimmage here and go with Price’s TD pass to Allen in the first team drill of practice, as the tight end from Southern went up between four defenders to make the catch.
Defense: Again, in pre-scrimmage drills linebacker
UP NEXT: PHASE 2, WEEK 3
The veterans return to VMAC on Monday to begin the third, and final, week of Phase 2 in their offseason program. The week will be interrupted, of course, by a trip to Washington D.C. on Tuesday so the Super Bowl XLVIII champions can be honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday.