The Seahawks held their sixth practice of 2020 training camp, and second straight in pads, a fast-paced practice that will be followed Wednesday by a day off for the players. Here are five observations from Tuesday's practice.
1. DK Metcalf is very hard to defend.
A reoccurring theme these past couple of days has been that throwing the ball to second-year receiver DK Metcalf tends to yield results. And it's not just that Russell Wilson and other quarterbacks are hitting Metcalf when he's open, they're also taking advantage of Metcalf's size and strength by letting him win contested balls. Wilson in particular has been putting trust in Metcalf in one-on-one situations, and over and over again, Metcalf comes down with the ball even when the coverage is good. For as good as Metcalf was as a rookie, it's easy to understand watching him in camp why his coaches and teammates are so excited to see what he'll do in Year 2.
2. DeeJay Dallas' receiver background is evident.
Rookie running back DeeJay Dallas played multiple positions in high school, and began his college career at Miami as a receiver and that versatility shows in his game, particularly when it comes to the pass-catching part of his job. Dallas doesn't just have good hands, his route-running is also more polished than you might expect out of a running back, particularly a rookie back.
The competition at running back will be intense, so Dallas will still have his hands full beating out the likes of Carlos Hyde, Travis Homer, and when healthy, Rashaad Penny, when it comes to earning playing time behind starter Chris Carson, but the rookie's pass-catching skills could help him carve out a role for himself in a crowded position group.
3. Competition or Continuity?
The Seahawks will have at least three new starters on their offensive line, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has noted that returning left guard Mike Iupati is facing competition at left guard from the likes of Jordan Simmons and Phil Haynes. So with the regular season only a month away, Duane Brown at left tackle is about the only sure thing when it comes to Seattle's line, though there are some clear early front-runners for starting jobs, including Iupati. Center looks to be a battle between Ethan Pocic and free-agent addition B.J. Finney, while rookie Damien Lewis and free-agent signing Brandon Shell are getting first-team work at right guard and right tackle, respectively, though again, there is competition there. But for as much as the Seahawks like their depth on the line and want to see the competition play out, Carroll also knows that offensive line in particular is a group that can benefit from continuity.
"We've got good quality depth, and I can't tell you what the story is going to be," Carroll said. "The center spot with Pocic, and you see you'll see Kyle Fuller as well as B.J., it's going to be a wide open competition, we're going to let those guys go. We'll try to settle this sooner than later for the continuity purposes. The center spot is rotating right now as a starter, and what you'll see as we go through this and it's going to be open, and it couldn't make football better, that's as good as it gets."
4. Jamal Adams takes pass-rushing serious.
While his position suggests a player who covers pass-catchers and stops the run, Jamal Adams has shown in his brief career that he's an accomplished pass-rusher as well, including a 6.5-sack season with the Jets in 2019. Some of that production is the result of scheme and athleticism, but Adams also puts in the work, as was evident Tuesday when he was the only safety, and one of just a handful of non-defensive linemen along with Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, to go through pass-rush drills early in practice.
5. The more you can do.
The mask made it a little less obvious, but the "official" in stripes in the middle of the field Tuesday looked familiar, and that's because it was Seahawks general manager John Schneider who was throwing the occasional flag for pass interference. One of the side judges throwing an offside flag, meanwhile, was director of team operations Matt Capurro, who also jogged over to the sideline to control the music volume between plays. With officials not taking part in practice as usual as the NFL tries to minimize the number of people on the field and in contact with players, Schneider and Capurro were just two of several members of the scouting and football operations department who are serving dual roles in this camp—co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer was part of the chain crew, while director of pro personnel Nolan Teasley and vice president of player engagement Maurice Kelly also served as officials.
Photos from the 6th practice of Seahawks 2020 Training Camp, held on Tuesday, August 18 at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Seahawks Training Camp is presented by Safeway.