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Wednesday in Hawkville: A final training camp in front of the fans

Posted Aug 14, 2013

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 14, when the Seahawks held the next-to-last practice at their final Training Camp presented by Bing.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 14, when the Seahawks held the next-to-last practice at their training camp presented by Bing:

PLAYS OF THE DAY: JACKSON-TO-KEARSE, JACKSON-TO-THURMOND AND “BAM” CHANCELLOR

Offense: Tarvaris Jackson once again displayed his deft touch on the deep ball. Jermaine Kearse once again displayed his ability to get off the line, get open and do whatever it takes to catch the ball. The result was a 45-yard completion, as Kearse made a sliding, over-the-shoulder catch along the sideline of a pass Jackson dropped over the tight coverage of cornerback Byron Maxwell.

“I used a speed release, so I just tried to stack him,” Kearse said after the latest of the impressive receptions he’s made during camp. “Max does a great job of staying square and being patient with the release. So I just tried to stack him as quickly as possible and T-Jack threw an awesome, awesome pass. He throws a great deep ball and he threw this one right on the money – where only I could catch it.”

Defense: There were several contenders on a day when coordinator Dan Quinn’s unit definitely came to play. But intercepting a pass and returning it for a touchdown is tough to beat, so Walter Thurmond’s pick-six it is. Kearse and Jackson also were involved in this one, as was the sideline. But Thurmond beat Kearse to the ball and was gone.

YOU DON'T SAY

“When you’re a little kid and you’re in Pop Warner, they have little pictures of you and they put Sports Illustrated on it. But you never think you’re going to be on the actual magazine.”

– All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who graced an SI cover last month. [VIDEO]

“We were in a loose Cover-2, and I was anticipating somebody coming out,” Thurmond said. “Sure enough, Jermaine did. Tarvaris threw a late pass and I was able to make him pay for it.”

Thurmond capped the pick, return and score with an animated slide into the end zone.

“Just having fun out here,” he said with a smile. “Just having fun.”

Bam-Bam: At the end of a nice run, Robert Turbin came to an abrupt halt as strong safety Kam Chancellor laid a big hit on the second-year back. As Turbin was picking himself off the turf, the other members of the Legion of Boom secondary were going bonkers as they slapped Chancellor – who has been dubbed “Bam Bam” because of physical style – on the helmet and gave him chest and shoulder bumps.

“It was a good knocking day,” coach Pete Carroll said. “The guys had a good break (Tuesday). They came back strong and got after it really well.”

INJURY REPORT: CLIFF AVRIL RETURNS TO PRACTICE

Defensive end Cliff Avril returned to practice for the first time since July 27, but the pass-rusher who was signed in free agency was limited to individual drills as he returns from a hamstring injury.

“It was just a start,” Carroll said. “We couldn’t get him past the individual period, yet. We’re going to do a little bit more tomorrow and just start bringing him back. But it’s great to get him back on the field. He needs to be part of this.”

Avril seconded that emotion.

“I’ve been wanting to get back out there since I had my little injury,” he said. “It feels great. It feels great to be back out there and just trying to build that camaraderie.”

Whether Avril will be able to make his Seahawks debut in Saturday night’s preseason home opener against the Broncos at CenturyLink Field depends on much he is able to participate in Thursday’s final practice of camp, said Carroll, adding, “It’s not very likely.”

Also back were middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Jesse Williams, wide receiver Bryan Walters and Maxwell.

ROOKIE WATCH: ALVIN BAILEY

Rookie free agent Alvin Bailey was a guard at Arkansas, but the Seahawks have moved him to left tackle and like what they’ve seen so far – especially when Bailey is working in tandem with seventh-round draft choice Michael Bowie on the right side.

“Tom thought it would be best for him to develop as a tackle,” Carroll said, referring to line coach Tom Cable. “And then we would eventually have the chance to move him inside. There are more demands (at tackle) and we get to see him more.

“He’s done a really nice job so far and he’s off to a good start. We’ll see what happens.”

UP NEXT: CAMP BREAKS AFTER THURSDAY’S PRACTICE

The team will break camp after a practice on Thursday morning, but the practice format won’t change all that much.

Today’s practice, the last of 14 that were open to the public, attracted a crowd of 2,825 fans – which ties for the second-largest and pushed the total number of fans who turned out to 37,175.

Also watching today were former Seahawks QB Jon Kitna and former University of Washington coach Jim Lambright. Kitna is now the coach at his alma mater, Tacoma’s Lincoln High, and he was accompanied by his staff.