We're a little over a week into Seahawks training camp under the Jim Mora era. Here's some noteworthy tidbits:
Health continues to be an issue for a Seahawks team that saw 26 players miss a combined 164 games due to injury last season. The two biggest names, thus far, are Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones, who is nursing a back injury on top of recovering from micro-fracture surgery on his left knee, and star cornerback Marcus Trufant(currently on the Physically Unable To Perform List with a bad back). Oft-injured wide-out Deion Branch made his triumphant return to the practice field Friday after missing the last three practices with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. Trufant's absence led to the signing of former Rams/Lions cornerback Travis Fisher, while Jones' spot has been temporarily filled by right tackle Sean Locklear.
Branch's loss has been led to gain for a couple of the 'Hawks younger receivers, who seem determined to raise their Highlight Catch rating before next week's Madden 10 release. Second-year receiver Jordan Kent and third-year man Courtney Taylor put on a show for the fans Friday with some acrobatic catches. Taylor showed great balance in hauling in a pass from backup quarterback Seneca Wallace in the corner of the end zone. That play was upstaged by Kent, who made several fancy grabs on throws made my rookie No. 3 QB, Mike Teel from Rutgers(who is also putting on a decent show). The continued development of Kent and Taylor along with the presence of rookie Deon Butler and the continued recovery of Nate Burleson(as well as the addition of some guy named T.J. Houshmanzadeh. Maybe you've heard of him.) could provide Seattle much-needed depth if Branch continues to show that he's made of paper mache.
Two other guys trying their hardest to get noticed are middle linebacker David Hawthorne and rookie safety Courtney Greene, a seventh round pick out of Rutgers. Hawthorne, a rookie free agent holdover from last year, showed great instincts by tipping a pass that was inevitably picked off on Tuesday and then forcing a fumble in the end zone on a goal line drill on Wednesday. Then, on Friday's practice, the man known as “The Heater” lived up to his moniker by leveling running back Justin Forsett. On the next play, Hawthorne swatted a pass in the back of the end zone. As for Greene, on Tuesday, he made his case to be a part of the final 53 with a stunning, leaping pick of former college teammate Mike Teel and then drilled rookie running back Devin Moore. No word yet on whether Teel swung on anyone afterward.
With the first week in the books, things are sure to get a bit more interesting, particularly with the anticipated returns of Jones and Trufant as well as the eventual signing of top pick Aaron Curry. Be sure to tune in here for any and everything coming out of Seahawk Land.
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