The fifth practice of Seahawks training camp was an exciting one thanks to it also being the first day in shoulder pads, meaning a much more physical brand of practice. Head coach Pete Carroll, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, was still away from the team, but it was a spirited day of practice despite the Seahawks missing their energetic leader.
Here are five observations from Tuesday's practice:
1. Let's get physical.
It didn't take long at all for the defense, and for Al Woods in particular, to demonstrate how much different practice looks in pads. Early on in pass-rush drills, the difference was already somewhat on display, but when the team got into the 11-on-11 portion of practice, the very first play really showed off the physicality, with Woods shooting into the backfield to knock Rashaad Penny off his feet for a loss. And while Penny was on the wrong end of that play, it is worth noting his day feature a few really nice long runs, including one that started with a great cutback in the backfield before he exploded down field, earning big cheers from the entire offense.
Another big hit was delivered a few plays later, but by the offense when Travis Homer put a shoulder down to knock down linebacker Tanner Muse.
2. A better day for the offense, but the defense still looked great.
For the second straight day, Seattle's defense looked really impressive, with the secondary making a lot of good plays on the ball, including an impressive pass breakup by rookie Coby Bryant on a fade to DK Metcalf, more really strong play from Artie Burns while covering Metcalf, and an interception by safety Josh Jones.
But while the defense had a lot of good moments, it was a better day for an offense that, as Drew Lock and Geno Smith both admitted Monday, had a tough go of things a day earlier.
In an early third-down session in the red zone, Smith completed a few short passes that would have moved the sticks but took a while to find the end zone. Eventually Smith did hit Tyler Mabry who made a sliding grab for a touchdown, then he came back and found Penny for a touchdown catch and run. A few plays after that, Lock connected with an open Kenneth Walker III who was able to jog into the end zone. Lock also ran for a touchdown, with Cade Brewer providing a nice block to seal off a running lane to the pylon, a heads-up play that earned big praise from Will Dissly.
Lock finished his day by leading a pair of touchdown drives, one capped by a touchdown pass to Penny Hart, and the other ending on a touchdown pass to Aaron Fuller.
3. Great TD grabs by Marquise Goodwin and Tyler Mabry.
As mentioned above, Mabry had a nice touchdown catch on which he went low to secure a sliding catch, but thanks to a wild catch by Marquise Goodwin, Mabry's catch wasn't the best of the day.
On the play in question, Smith fired a low pass toward the front of the end zone, which Goodwin dove to get his hands on. Goodwin was not, however, able to initially secure the catch, but rather than hit the ground, the ball slid between Goodwin's legs, and he was able to reach his hands under his legs to make the catch before the ball hit the ground.
4. Another pick for Josh Jones.
Veteran Josh Jones stepped into the lineup late last season when the Seahawks were dealing with injuries in the secondary, and played very well in Seattle's final game of the season, and he's showing in camp that he could very well be an important depth piece in the secondary again in 2022. On Tuesday, Jones turned in his second interception in five practices, undercutting a deep pass to Tyler Lockett for the day's only turnover.
5. Jason Myers looks like he's dialed in.
After making all 24 of his field goal attempts in 2020, including a franchise-record 61-yarder, Jason Myers saw his accuracy decline a bit last season, making 17 of 23 attempts—though he did finish the season strong, making 8 of 9 attempts over the final five games of the season.
And a week into camp, Myers is looking a lot like the 2020 version of himself, making just about every kick he has attempted. On Tuesday, Myers finished off a series of makes by drilling kicks from 50 and 52 yards that hit most of the way up the net between the uprights.
The Seahawks took the field for Training Camp Practice #4 and things really heated up as the players were involved in many game-like situations.