A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 2, when the Seahawks held their “No Repeat Friday” practice as they prepare for Thursday night’s regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field:
FOCUS ON: THE BIG FUNDAMENTAL
The secret to
“We call him ‘The Big Fundamental,’ just because he’s at the right spot at the right time, all the time,” quarterback
“The Big Fundamental,” indeed. It fits Miller in so many ways. For starters, he carries a solid 255 pounds on his 6-foot-5 frame. But there’s also Miller’s consistency, whether run blocking for
Better yet, Miller has earned it.
“I like to do all the details right,” he said. “I like to know exactly what’s going on, see the bigger picture and do everything right.”
Asked whether he likes being a blocker or a receiver better, Miller offered an answer worthy of his “The Big Fundamental” nickname.
“It’s all part of the job,” he said. “But I don’t mind blocking. When I’m blocking for Marshawn (Lynch) and he’s ripping off huge gains and scoring touchdowns, I take a lot of pride in that. It’s fun to see an offense as balanced as we are.”
And that provides a clue as to the secret to the Seahawks’ offensive success. They will pass from two-tight end sets, and run from spread formations with multiple wide receivers. You can’t read what the Seahawks might do from the personnel they have in the game.
“We really like to change it up and keep the defenses on their toes,” Miller said.
As for the receiving aspect of his game, “The Big Fundamental” offered, “We get out plenty. And Russell does a great job of finding us. Whenever it’s open in the seam, he gets the ball to us.”
That “us” includes second-year tight end
INJURY REPORT: NO CHANGES FOR SEAHAWKS
The official injury report, as issued by the team:
|STAT DU JOUR: IT’S A YOUNG MAN’S GAME|
Youth will be served at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night, as the Seahawks and Packers have two of the youngest teams in the NFL. The Seahawks are tied for the fourth-youngest 53-man roster, while the Packers are sixth:
Irvin was not as limited Tuesday as he was on Monday, and after practice said he feels ready to play for the first time since the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 after having offseason hip surgery.
What has the rehab process that’s included waiting and watching been like? “It was like spending time in the county jail,” Irvin said. “That’s how it felt. It was so hard to watch these guys week-in and week-out, busting their tails at practice, everybody getting better by the week. Me? I was just coming and watching. So it’s a blessing to be back with my brothers. I don’t care if I play three snaps or 12 snaps, I’m just happy to be dressing out with these boys and feeling like I’m contributing.”
For the Packers:
The Packers did not practice Tuesday, so their participation designations are estimates – and unchanged from Monday.
C/OG J.C. Tretter (knee)
Did not practice
TE Brandon Bostick (fibula)
CB Demetri Goodson (concussion)
Limited in practice
LB Brad Jones (quadriceps)
MARSHAWN MEETS THE MEDIA
Running back Marshawn Lynch talked to the media after practice for the first time since before the Super Bowl.
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“We don’t really believe there’s such a thing as big games. There a lot of great moments. And we want to have a lot of great moments and put them all together and see what happens at the end.”
Quarterback Russell Wilson on the significance of hosting the NFL regular-season opener
His best – and longest – responses came when the subject turned to his Fam 1st Family Foundation and the work it does with inner-city kids, especially in his hometown of Oakland.
“It gives inner-city youth an opportunity,” he said. “A lot of kids that came from my foundation, with our camp, I played against one of them in the NFL and there’s a number of them in Division I. There are a couple of them up here that go to (the University of Washington), Oregon State, got some that go to Central Washington and a number of schools all over the nation.
“We’ve seen some good turnouts from the kids that have been coming. I’ve had kids from Barbados. I’ve had kids come from Turks and Caicos. I’ve had kids come from Canada. So I think if they’re able to make it out I’m not turning down any kids.”
ROOKIE FREE AGENTS R US
Coyle and Gilliam join an impressive group of undrafted free agents who made it with the Seahawks that includes Ring of Honor quarterback Dave Krieg and four players who were voted to the 35th Anniversary team – nose tackle Joe Nash, free safety Eugene Robinson, linebacker Rufus Porter and fullback Mack Strong.
“There’s a long list of guys that we look up to, and I feel like I want to be one of those guys that Brock and Gilliam can look up to and say, ‘We made it,’ ” Baldwin said. “And then eventually, one day there’s going to be guys that look up to them and say, ‘I can do this as well.’ ”
WHOSE LINE IS IT?
Monday, All-Pro cornerback
Tuesday, All-Pro free safety
“He got that from me,” Thomas said. “He stole my line.”
UP NEXT: “REVIEW SATURDAY”
The players will hold a morning walkthrough on Wednesday, their final on-field session before Thursday night’s opener against the Packers at CenturyLink Field.