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Day 3 of Seahawks training camp is in the books, and for the first time, players were in shoulder pads, which livened things up quite a bit. Here are six things that stood out from Monday's practice, including some more physical play, with the first three observations coming from team reporter John Boyle and the final three from digital media content manager Tony Drovetto.
1. The pads were popping.
Monday's practice still wasn't real, full-contact football, but "this is closer to it," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll noted after the first practice of the year that included the distinct sound of shoulder pads popping at the line of scrimmage and on hits.
"You wait all of this time, months and months and months, and it's not real football, but this is closer to it," Carroll said. "It's not game-like, but it's as close as we can get."
On one play, Kam Chancellor put a shoulder into Alex Collins and knocked the rookie running back off of his feet, while on another, Richard Sherman was there to greet receiver Kevin Smith with a solid hit after a short catch, a play that caused even Russell Wilson, who threw the pass to Smith, to seek out Sherman to congratulate him.
"We got to put on some pads today, so there's been a lot of popping," safety Kam Chancellor said. "It's just fun out here."
One-on-one pass-rushing drills were more spirited as well, especially those involving Texas A&M products Michael Bennett and Germain Ifedi.
"There was a little A&M issue, which is fun," Carroll said. "Part of the first day."
Carroll likes seeing his team's first-round pick stick up for himself against a Pro Bowl defensive end, so long as no one takes things too far.
"He's very aggressive, very tough, and he's willing to stand up for himself on the first day," Carroll said. "That's pretty good."
2. "Hey, Sherm!"
For five seasons, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin have been Seahawks teammates, close friends and spirited rivals, and none of that has changed heading into year six, especially the rivalry part. While Sherman and Baldwin can often be seen exchanging pleasantries and even a pre-snap handshake, as they did on the first play of team drills Sunday, they also love talking trash whenever the opportunity presents itself, which it did again on Monday.
During a session of team drills when the No. 1 offense was facing the No. 1 defense, someone on the defensive line jumped offside, giving the offense a free play. Hoping to take advantage, Wilson took a shot deep toward Tyler Lockett, but Sherman was able to haul in an interception, much to the delight of the crowd. As Sherman jogged back toward the line of scrimmage, however, his dear friend Baldwin was there, waving the penalty flag over his head, yelling, "Hey, Sherm!"
3. Zac Brooks is taking advantage of his opportunity.
When the Seahawks picked Zac Brooks in the seventh round of the 2016 draft, it was the third running back they selected out of 10 picks, making it fair to wonder how he would fit into the mix of a suddenly crowded position group. But with C.J. Prosise sidelined by a hamstring injury—Carroll said the third-round pick is likely out for 7 to 10 days—Brooks is getting plenty of opportunity to show what he can do, and the Clemson product is taking advantage. Both as a pass-catcher out of the backfield and as a runner, Brooks has looked impressive early on, and on Monday he showed a willingness to be physical between the tackles in the first practice of camp involving pads.
"He's taking advantage of it," Carroll said. "He's had a couple of good days now, he's a very good catcher, he has receiving in his background, as well," Carroll said. He's a versatile player and he's made a really good first impression."
4. Brandon Browner "Happy To Be Back Out Here"
Brandon Browner is back in a Seattle uniform wearing his familiar No. 39 this season after spending time with the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, and his positive energy and attitude has been noticeable through the first three days of camp.
"I'm happy to be back out here, man," Browner said Monday of being back in the Pacific Northwest. "It's truly a blessing. The doors, they opened up and I thanked God, man. Every situation, every other place the grass isn't always greener. I'm fortunate to be back here with my guys. I'm learning a new position, so it's fresh. It feels good all over again, like my first time back."
Browner, who played cornerback when he was with the Seahawks three seasons ago, is being asked to play a different position this year. He's been featured in a hybrid safety role to start camp and has been soaking up as much information as he can from Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, players he calls "the two best in the game" at their respective positions.
"You can have no better example than Kam and Earl at the position, so it's awesome," said Browner. "That's awesome because when I'm around them I feel like I'm around greatness. I really feel like those guys have the potential to be Hall of Famers one day, so I try to soak up being around those guys. Talk that talk, just doing what we do. It's awesome to be a part of that."
During a one-on-one drill Monday, receiver Tanner McEvoy and cornerback George Farmer compete for a loose ball after Farmer stripped McEvoy following a reception.
5. 'Always Compete' Epitomized
In a one-on-one drill between receiver Tanner McEvoy and defensive back George Farmer, McEvoy hauled in a pass along the left sideline and made a move upfield in Farmer's direction. The cornerback managed to strip McEvoy of the football, and an all-out battle for the loose ball began, with the two players toppling over one another for possession. A back-and-forth struggle ensued, and ultimately it was Farmer who came up with the turnover, a sequence team photographer Rod Mar captured in the photo gallery above.
This comes across as a very obvious observation, knowing that each of the team's 13 open training camp sessions are sold out to the public, with 2,583 12s packing the berm for day three of camp.
But online, thousands more individuals have been tuning in to watch the team's live webcast, with fans from 90 countries having logged on to catch a glimpse of camp through Monday. In terms of total time viewed, 12s have racked up 242 days, 14 hours, 49 minutes and 10 seconds of stream-time.
The team's webcast coverage of training camp continues each day that camp is open to the public. For a complete broadcast schedule, head to Seahawks.com/Live.
On the third day of training camp, 2,583 fans showed up to cheer on the Seahawks along the shores of Lake Washington.