Tuesday in Hawkville: It’s all about the timing

Posted Aug 6, 2013

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 6, when the Seahawks held the 11th practice in their training camp presented by Bing.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 6, when the Seahawks held the 11th practice in their training camp presented by Bing:


Offense: When Brady Quinn let the pass fly, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and cornerback Antoine Winfield weren’t even looking in his direction. But just as Baldwin made his break, there was the ball – and a first down.


"To be able to throw the ball to 22 guys in camp so far, that shows all the talent that we have and the depth that we have."

QB Russell Wilson, when asked about completing passes to 22 receivers in the first 10 practices.

“It’s just something you kind of read,” Quinn said after practice. “Doug is a veteran guy and I’m a veteran guy, so we both have a feel for that kind of stuff when it happens. It wasn’t a timing route; it was just kind of something we both kind of felt when we were out there.

“That’s part of that communication, that rapport, you hope to develop with all your wide receivers. And those are the kinds of plays you can’t defend as a defense because the guys are both on the same page, which makes it a hard play to defend.”

Defense: Almost 11 practices into camp, Kam Chancellor had been uncharacteristically quiet when it came to play-of-the-day consideration. That changed suddenly when the Pro Bowl-caliber strong safety made a lunging deflection in the end zone after jumping a Russell Wilson pass that was intended for tight end Andrei Lintz.

“I broke on it, but I didn’t think I was going to get there that fast,” Chancellor said. “When I looked up, the ball was right there. I just threw my hands up fast and that was pretty much it – just instincts and reading the play.”

Never-ending: After cornerback Byron Maxwell intercepted a Tarvaris Jackson pass that went off wide receiver Perez Ashford and returned it up the sideline, guard John Moffitt broke from the offensive pack and chased him down to steal the ball from behind. As Moffitt was returning with the ball held aloft in his right hand, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner chased Moffitt down to slap the ball from his grasp.


Defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Jesse Williams returned to practice after being given Monday off. Wide receiver Stephen Williams also was back after sitting out Sunday and Monday, and he was wearing a red no-contact jersey.


With five of the 14 defensive linemen on the roster sitting out practice, the club signed defensive tackle Martin Parker. The 6-foot-2, 303-pound Parker was with the Giants last summer but missed the season after having surgery for a herniated disk in August.

To clear a spot on the 90-man roster, tight end Michael Palmer was waived. Palmer, who spent the past three seasons with the Falcons, had been signed on July 23.

Defensive lineman Tony McDaniel and offensive lineman Mike Person sat out, and rookie running back Christine Michael left the field with a trainer during practice.

Still sidelined: defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring), defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin (groin), cornerback Ron Parker (hamstring), tight end Darren Fells (hamstring), center Max Unger (undisclosed), guard James Carpenter (undisclosed), wide receivers Early Doucet (undisclosed) and Bryan Walters (undisclosed) and running back Robert Turbin (foot). Turbin, who began camp on the physically unable to perform list, participated in the afternoon walkthroughs the past two days but has yet to practice.  


The players will practice on Wednesday morning before the team flies to San Diego for Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Chargers. The players are off Friday and will practice again on Sunday.

Only three more practices are open to the public – Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday – and each session is sold out.

Today’s practice attracted a crowd of 2,650 fans, bringing the 11-practice total to 29,500.