The Seahawks held their second day of rookie minicamp Saturday on a postcard-perfect afternoon at the VMAC. Here are four things that stood out from the rookies' second day on the field.
1. Jarran Reed never stops.
A term you often hear used to talk about defensive linemen is motor, as in, "he's got a high motor" being used to describe an active player who puts forth good effort. Jarran Reed, Seattle's second-round pick out of Alabama, definitely has a high motor. There's only so much that offensive and defensive linemen can do to stand out in a practice without pads, but they can show effort, and Reed's effort level shows up play after play. Add that to his physical presence—the guy certainly looks the part—and it's easy to see, even in a May rookie minicamp, why the Seahawks are high on Reed's potential.
2. Nick Vannett isn't just a blocking tight end.
When the Seahawks drafted Nick Vannett in the third round, they did so mostly because they saw him as the best "Y" tight end available, meaning an in-line, blocking tight end who can help in the running game and in pass protection—for Seahawks fans, picture Zach Miller's role in the offense when he was here.
But just because the Seahawks like Vannett's ability to block, that doesn't mean he isn't capable of doing more in the offense. Vannett actually began his career at Ohio State as more of a pass-catching tight end and didn't take on a bigger blocking role until last year. And in Saturday's practice, Vannett showed off his hands and route-running skills on a couple of nice grabs in traffic.
"That's something I didn't do a lot of at Ohio State until my senior year," Vannett said of being a blocking tight end. "I had a guy in front of me who was mainly a blocker, and I was a receiver. Once he moved on I had to pick up that role. I'm definitely not where I need to be right now, but I've made great strides in it and going to continue to make great strides."
3. Kenny Lawler and other receivers made big plays again.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll raved about the play of seventh-round pick Kenny Lawler after Friday's practice, and the receiver out of Cal backed that up with another strong showing Saturday. Unfortunately for Lawler, however, his best catch of the day, a one-handed effort with DeAndre Elliott all over him in coverage, was ruled to have been caught out of bounds.
And Lawler wasn't the only receiver making nice plays on Saturday. Antwan Goodley, who spent part of last season on Seattle's practice squad and signed a future contract this offseason, had a couple of nice grabs on deep balls, and Tyler Slavin, who is participating on a tryout basis, also made some plays.
4. Trevone Boykin had a solid day.
In his quest to win a roster spot and perhaps become Russell Wilson's backup, Trevone Boykin had a nice showing in his second practice with the Seahawks. Some of Boykin's best throws were on deeper passes, including a really impressive 40-plus yard effort on which Boykin rolled right, planted his feet and threw across the field to hit Goodley in stride.
With the Day 1 jitters out of their systems, the players got into their groove during Day 2 of Seahawks Rookie Minicamp.