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Tuesday in Hawkville: Catch it, if you can

Posted Aug 27, 2013

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 27, when the Seahawks held their final practice before their final preseason game on Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 27, when the Seahawks held their final practice before their final preseason game on Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field:

WORD OF THE DAY: COMPETITION

That could be the word every day for a team coached by Pete “Always Compete” Carroll. But today’s practice was highlighted by a barrage of interceptions and deflections by the defensive backs and linebackers.

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“If that old wives’ tale about practice and working hard and experience is worth something, he’s probably a lot better.”

QB coach Carl Smith on Russell Wilson

And quarterback Russell Wilson loved it, especially when his receivers got their hands on the ball.

“It was a great day today, a real competitive practice,” Wilson said. “We did some great stuff in the red zone today and the defense did a good job of making some plays, too.”

This game of give-and-take – or take-and-give, if you will – was most apparent in the 7-on-7 drill. Linebacker K.J. Wright broke up Wilson’s first pass to tight end Zach Miller, but Wilson then completed three in a row to wide receiver Doug Baldwin. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman then came oh-so-close to intercepting Wilson’s pass to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner did get a pick two plays later.

During the full-team period that closed practice, Sherman swatted away another Wilson pass and then intercepted one that nickel back Antoine Winfield tipped.

“It was a battle all day,” Wilson said. “It was fun.”  

ROSTER MOVES: DOWN TO 75

The Seahawks reached the league-mandated 75-man roster limit by making the following six moves:

Placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list:
WR Percy Harvin (hip)
DE Greg Scruggs (knee)
CB Tharold Simon (foot)

Placed on the reserve/non-football injury list:
LB Korey Toomer (knee)

Contract terminated
CB Will Blackmon

Released
WR Donavon Kemp

The club also made nine roster moves on Monday.

PLAYER WATCH: GOLDEN TATE

FEELING THE HEAT: ERIK SPOELSTRA VISITS

The coach of the two-time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat spent the day at VMAC. While the Seahawks players and coaches were able to pick his brain on how to lay the foundation for a championship season, Spoelstra was interesting in seeing how the Seahawks do things.

“Just having coach Spoelstra in front of the team and having him in meetings with us and just having him out here at practice is an unbelievable experience for everybody,” Wilson said.

Spoelstra is from Portland. He attended Jesuit High School in Beaverton and also the University of Portland.

The team’s starting split end made another of those receptions, going up and over cornerback Jeremy Lane along the sideline to get his vice-grip hands on a pass from Brady Quinn. Wilson just shook his head and smiled.

Golden Tate, he makes unbelievable, ridiculous catches,” Wilson said. “His hands are so strong and he goes and attacks the football. He’s quick like a cat, too. We want to get him the ball as much as we can. He’s a playmaker, that’s for sure. And he can do a lot of great things for us.”

INJURY REPORT: BRANDON MEBANE, STEPHEN WILLIAMS SIT OUT

Nose tackle Brandon Mebane (groin) and wide receiver Stephen Williams (foot), the team’s leading receiver during the preseason, did not practice.

Also sitting out: fullback Michael Robinson (illness), wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee), defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (bicep) and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (undisclosed).

Safety Jeron Johnson returned to practice after missing Monday because of a family situation.

UP NEXT: THE FINALE, AND THEN THE FINAL CUTS

The players will have a walkthrough on Wednesday morning, their final tune-up before the preseason finale against the Raiders.

After Thursday night’s game, the players will be off Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But VMAC will be a busy place nonetheless, as the roster cut from 75 to 53 players must be completed by Saturday and the team can start compiling its eight-man practice squad on Sunday.

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