Sunday in Hawkville: Percy Harvin continues his big every-other-day practice routine

Posted Jul 27, 2014

After an impressive opening practice on Friday, Percy Harvin was given Saturday off. But the Seahawks’ wide receiver returned Sunday, picking up where he left off in the first practice of training camp.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for July 27, when the Seahawks held the third practice in their Training Camp presented by Bing:


That’s more a call of appreciation than a word, but it was heard early and often from the fans packing the berm during Sunday’s practice because Percy Harvin kept making one impressive catch after another.


“I think every day we work on discipline – being disciplined with our eyes; being disciplined with our feet; our angles; our technique.”

– All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.

Harvin, who had hip surgery last August and missed most of last season, sat out Saturday’s practice. But the receiver/returner/runner picked up Sunday where he left off on Friday.

In the 1-on-1 drill during the first full-pads practice of camp, Harvin made a nice catch of a Russell Wilson pass near the goal line despite All-Pro coverage by All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas. In the first full-team drill, it was Wilson to Harvin for a 4-yard gain on fourth-and-3. In the 7-on-7 drill, Harvin made a falling catch of a Wilson pass.

Just three more examples of what the passing game was missing last season while Harvin was sidelined.

“We want to work our way into camp and make sure we don’t overload him early,” coach Pete Carroll said of Harvin starting camp on an every-other-day schedule. “We’re trying to figure out what kind of work load he can handle. He works so hard and so fast at practice that we think we can do this for a while. We’ll see how it goes and we’re just going to learn as we go.”

Even on Saturday, Harvin participated in the walkthrough and meetings.


Defensive pass play: Richard Sherman doesn’t just make “Immaculate Deflections” in the end zone to ice victories in the NFC Championship game, the All-Pro cornerback hones that skill in practice. Sherman had one near the goal line in Friday’s camp-opening practice. Sunday, he tipped away a Russell Wilson pass that was intended for wide receiver Arceto Clark along the sideline.

“It’s fun. You’ve got to have something to work on,” said Sherman, who has had eight interceptions in each of the past two seasons. “I might just catch the next couple.

Defensive run play: Brandon Mebane, come on down. Again. The Seahawks’ underrated nose tackle blew through a gap in the line during the 9-on-7 drill to get to running back Spencer Ware just after he had taken the handoff. It was similar to a play the disruptive Mebane made during Saturday’s practice.

Offensive pass play: Make that plays, because in a four-snap span during the 7-on-7 drill, wide receiver Phil Bates made a falling grab of a Wilson pass in the left side of the end zone and then caught one from Tarvaris Jackson in the right side of the end zone.

Offensive run play: In the 9-on-7 drill, 320-pound tackle Alvin Bailey knocked 254-pound rookie rush-end Cassius Marsh off his feet with a powerful thrust. Bailey is working on the left side with the No. 1 line while Russell Okung completes his rehab from offseason surgery.


Speaking of Marsh, the fourth-round pick in May’s NFL Draft is a young man in a hurry. Especially when he’s rushing the passer, and that’s a good thing when you competing for a roster spot as one of the Leo ends behind starter Cliff Avril. Marsh spends a lot of time around the quarterback, as was the case on the final play of practice when he and rookie free agent Jackson Jeffcoat combined for what would have been a sack if the defenders were allowed to touch the quarterbacks.


The Seahawks will open their 2014 preseason schedule with a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos in Denver on Aug. 7. The Seahawks are unbeaten the past two preseasons, part of a 9-0 run that began in 2011 and is the longest in franchise history. Here’s a look at the Seahawks’ longest preseason winning steaks:

Longest Preseason Winning Streaks
Streak Preseasons
9 2011, 2012, 2013
6 2008, 2009, 2010
5 1987, 1988
5 1983, 1984

We’re real happy with Cassius Marsh in what he has shown the first three days,” Carroll said. “He has a variety of things that we think he can help us with.”


Christine Michael sat out most of practice because he “banged” his shoulder, as Carroll put it, in an early drill. But the second-year running back is expected to return on Tuesday, Carroll added.

Rookie wide receiver Kevin Norwood sat out for the second consecutive day because of a sore foot that Carroll said also bothered him during the spring OTA sessions. Rookie defensive tackle Jimmy Staten was sidelined with a pulled hamstring that Carroll said could keep him out for a while.


The players have their first “off” day of camp on Monday. When they return on Tuesday, the whole world will be watching as ESPN will televise their practice live as part of a two-hour SportsCenter special.

The preparation already is in process, as former NFL coach Jon Gruden and former NFL safety Darren Woodson watched Sunday’s practice. ESPN Insider John Clayton also will join host Kenny Mayne during the telecast.

“They’ve been asking about it for quite some time and we thought it would be OK,” Carroll said of opening up practice to a national TV audience. “I’m not worried about them disrupting us at all and I don’t mind contributing to what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to show a little bit more of an inside look to what goes on in camp and practices, really from the football side of things and not from the entertainment side like some of the other shows do.”

Sunday’s practice on a gorgeous day along the shores of Lake Washington drew a crowd of 2,645 fans, making it the largest of the first three of 12 sold-out sessions that are open to the public.