A recap of the activities at the Seahawks’ OTA session at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for June 10:
FOCUS ON: THE ROOKIE OFFENSIVE TACKLES
And, like Bowie and Bailey last year, Britt and Gilliam are getting opportunities to work with the No. 1 offense because Bowie and Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle Okung have been sidelined. But Tuesday, line coach Tom Cable orchestrated the snaps Britt and Gilliam got against the No. 1 defense.
“We’re creating the opportunity for them to compete,” Cable said after the eighth of the team’s OTA sessions. “Today, we took the second and third (lines) and threw them against the No. 1 defense more just to see them compete with the guys who are proven.”
“It’s OK when guys are out,” Cable said. “You don’t want them out too long, but it gives those other guys opportunities.”
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“He probably has been the brightest guy the whole camp, jumped up the most. … He looks like he can compete with all those guys. He’s in good shape to compete.”
Coach Pete Carroll on linebacker
Cable on Britt, who was selected in the second round of last month’s NFL Draft: “He gets it. Nothing is too big for him. He really has a good background and he’s ready for something like this. … He’s been in the right kind of environments and he’s doing really well.”
Cable on Gilliam, who was signed as a free agent after the draft: “We’re seeing the athlete that we thought he was. And his brain is showing up. He’s just got to learn how to be a pro, in terms of the grind every snap, the intensity of each and every snap. But he’s doing that and we like where he’s going.”
Okung’s continuing rehab has put Gilliam in a double-duty situation as he’s also working at left tackle with the No. 3 line. Britt, meanwhile, stepped in with the No. 1 line at the end of Monday’s practice when Bowie sat out to rest a sore shoulder.
Here’s how those units have looked the past two days:
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Since winning the starting quarterback job after being selected in the third round of the NFL Draft,
Note: Zorn missed four starts in 1977; Krieg was 7-4 in 1983 after taking over for Zorn at midseason; Hasselbeck missed four starts in 2001 and didn’t take over as the fulltime starter until Week 9 in 2002
Defensive player: O’Brien Schofield. The Seahawks thought they had lost the versatile linebacker/rush-end when he signed with the New York Giants in free agency. But the deal was nullified after Schofield failed his physical, so the Seahawks re-signed him to provide depth at both spots – just like Schofield did last season after being claimed off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals. Tuesday, he showed why. On one snap, Schofield stopped Clark for a 4-yard loss on an end-around. On another, he was on running back
Defensive play: Linebacker
Among those watching practice were former Seahawks quarterback and QB coach Jim Zorn and former University of Washington head coach and defensive coordinator Jim Lambright.
UP NEXT: THE FINAL OTA SESSION
The players will wrap up Phase 3 of their offseason program with a non-OTA workout tomorrow and their ninth OTA session on Thursday.