Here's six things we learned from Seattle head coach Pete Carroll after Tuesday's training camp practice, a day that also saw the Seahawks front man discuss his team's injury situation, most notably the return of running back Thomas Rawls, as well as elaborate on the current state of the club's starting offensive line, a new running back in George Farmer, and more.
1. What He Saw From The Mock Game Film
Initially, Carroll came away from this past weekend's mock game feeling as though the action on the field was at times a bit "raggedy," but after watching the film of Sunday's scrimmage, Carroll said the sloppiness he felt was "because of my orchestration of it."
"I really liked the activity," Carroll said. "It was really a good tempo. It felt different on the field, as it does sometimes. I felt like it was kind of sloppy because of my orchestration of it. I messed up a couple of times there, but we worked really hard.
"The line of scrimmage was great," he added. "It was a really good test day for our young guys against our first defense. We flipped it so the ones did not go against the one's in this one, I wanted everybody else to show and it worked out really well, particularly for the offensive line and working against those guys. It was just a really good day for evaluating. We're trying to zero in on what each guy needs to do to get better and to progress, and we think we're getting there. We're gathering a lot of information now."
2. The Passing Game "Really Picked Up Where We Left Off"
Both quarterback Russell Wilson and wideout Doug Baldwin have spoken to the importance of maintaining continuity in the passing game this training camp, with Baldwin in particular calling out the return of fellow wideout Jermaine Kearse in free agency as "huge" for an offense that finished 2015 on fire. Beyond Baldwin, Kearse, second-year pro Tyler Lockett and a healthy Paul Richardson, Seattle expects the receiver competition to be "pretty heated" this preseason, but Carroll said he likes what he's seen from those first four.
"They really picked up where we left off," Carroll said of Wilson and his weapons in the pass game. "Their confidence level and just their ability to be on such a high level of communication really makes a difference particularly in the style of stuff we are doing now. They really have to be on the same page and see things the same and they are communicating, really at the highest level. We expect those guys to really be sharp. Tyler has been great. Good fortune for Tyler to be able to play the Zebra spot for us while Doug was out so he just gets more versatile, more fit in to the offense. It just makes him better, that's helped him.
"We are thrilled about the way they are working. Paul's addition too. Paul back in there, regular, with all the speed that he brings and the play making he brings, it has been great to see him get back with that group."
3. Kelcie McCray Has Been "Solid As A Rock"
With strong safety Kam Chancellor nursing a groin injury, fifth-year pro Kelcie McCray, acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs on 53-man roster cutdown day last year, has been making the most of his opportunities. There's no doubt that Chancellor is the solidified starter at the strong safety spot, and Carroll said Chancellor even has a chance to play this weekend at Kansas City, but Carroll called Seattle "very lucky" to have McCray as the next man up behind both Chancellor and free safety Earl Thomas, labeling McCray's play "solid as a rock."
"He is really a good football player and we have no problem with him coming in as the third safety at either spot," Carroll said. "Very accountable guy, does everything right. He is a fantastic special teams player, one of our leading special teams players. Kelcie is a really nice player and we are very lucky to have him. He is a leader, he is tough, he's smart and he's very versatile so he has a big role for us."
With Chancellor on the mend, Carroll said the defense "didn't skip a beat in terms of the calls" with McCray in the mix.
"He does help us," Carroll added.
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4. Ryan Robinson "Will Play A Lot In The Preseason"
The Seahawks were excited about Ryan Robinson's potential last year before the defensive end suffered an Achilles injury that landed him on injured reserve before the regular season started. Carroll said Robinson appears healthy so far this camp, and could add to a competition that lost veteran Chris Clemons to retirement just before the beginning of training camp.
"He's been really solid," Carroll said of Robinson. "He's been very consistent. You know, he came up off a big injury, the Achilles thing last year and he was making a lot of progress before he got hurt. We were excited about him, so really he has picked up where he left off. He is not showing any signs at all of wear and tear on that thing, so we're very fortunate. He is competing, he will play a lot in the preseason. He will give us a great look and we will see where he fits in. He looks to be fitting in, he looks to have a chance."
5. Quinton Jefferson Can "Be In The Rotation"
Rookie defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson was resting a sore knee on Tuesday, but Carroll said he's liked how the team's fifth-round pick out of Maryland has progressed through the early stages of training camp.
"He has been real active," Carroll said. "He's looked good pass rush-wise. His effort is really good. He's got a good intensity about him like we had hoped when we had drafted him. He looks like he fits in. So we need to get him on the field with everybody, but he has played against some good guys a lot, so we feel pretty confident that we are getting a good evaluation. We think he can help us and be in the rotation."
6. Seattle "Ready To Go" For Saturday's Game Against Kansas City
Seattle will practice three more times this week, two of which are open to the public, before heading to Kansas City Friday for its first preseason game against the Chiefs. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, and through nine training camp practices, Carroll thinks his club is "ready to go."
"We need to put together this week, we're making corrections right now from what we've seen in the first week of camp," he said. "I like to see guys getting better at their individual stuff. We hope to play clean on game day. It's the first chance to really tackle and run and hit like we want to and so that's the stuff that we'll see. I'm not concerned that we won't, at all.
"I think they're ready to go, but everyday it's just continuing to get better, just trying to improve in little things."
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