“Russell-Wilson! He’s the guy we like! ”
– From a random guy behind me when Wilson came out of VMAC
Allow me to repeat our great fan mail from NewbornAndSalted and to say that the Seattle Seahawks training camp remains a great day! There are still tickets for four training sessions and the audition.
It’s an amazing facility, they got hype guy Chris * into hype stuff with Michael Bumpus, Blitz tosses footballs to kids and pokes fun at adults, and Starbucks is giving away Nitro Cold Brew! **
* maybe not Chris
** suggested donation $ 2
Unlike Field Gull’s brief rise to the media booth at XFL Dragons games, these weren’t media passes. I went here on the same $ 12 tickets anyone with an email address can – and should – get! That said, I can’t see enough to provide as good an analysis as your favorite local radio program.
Still saw cool things.
Things that were good!
Russell Wilson was kind enough to hang out right in front of us for most of the quarterback warm-up and drills. It’s a completely boring drill that doesn’t reveal anything.
Quarterbacks two, three, and four tossed to their coaches, however, while Wilson brought DK Metcalf and the new TE Gerald Everett from the receiving group to do personal work with them. This was a real treat and was the first time Everett was seen in Seattle Pads. The first thing I noticed was that it looked like a real handheld. He caught everything, but let very little into his body.
In addition, he is a confident distance runner and super strong.
Photo by Alika Jenner / Getty Images
Aashari Crosswell is a name you’ve probably never heard of. He was having a great day.
It’s one of those days, and Crosswell is the type of player who ends up in either a surprise list, a position on the practice team, or a heartbreak at the Kasen Williams-type training camp. That may be an exaggeration, but on the defensive backcourt, Pete Carroll simply loved playmakers.
Neither UDFA made it to the team last year, although WR Aaron Fuller ended up on the training team and is still at camp this year.
Before that, however, Signee Bryan Mone is still on the team in a very significant way in 2019, and then Poona Ford is obviously the biggest uncovered success since Doug Baldwin.
Things that were funny!
Quandre Diggs wasn’t playing around. I had heard that he had already played lightning fast at this camp and saw some of it. My favorite was on the same DB drills from above, a ball got caught in front of it and Diggs immediately went to the strip, successful. I’m not sure this is a traditional part of the drill, but whoever it was got absolutely twisted when Diggs snapped the ball 20 yards away.
At the first of too many offensive fumbles during the scrimmage, the defense’s excitement was amusing. This team still upholds the Pete Carroll Ball philosophy of life after all these years, and the celebration was instant. Better yet, within three seconds – I’m not kidding you – Carroll was down and pulling people off to try to get in there and see who got the ball. The guy won’t stop and it’s hilarious.
Despite his experience, Everett was still unprepared for sideline abuse by Marquise Blair. Safety brought Everett an unexpected but pleasant flattening which was a really nice sight considering Blair didn’t play last year and is about half the size of Everett.
Jamal Adams. I don’t know what jokes he was telling, but the guys laughed.
Things that were …. Seahawks!
I’m not trying to do anything here, I’m just the messenger. But the first game full of scrimmage, first team, Russell Wilson under the middle, Shane Waldron and the gang: game delay. By probably 10-15 seconds.
Run past the left tackle, two yards lost.
I absolutely don’t expect this to be the norm based on the rest of what I’ve seen, but man felt good watching Seahawks soccer for the first time this year!
I’ve seen a whole ride with Benson Mayowa / Aldon Smith edge rusher against the first team. Possibly first team, they weren’t consistent in that regard.
Lots of excitement. Excitement on defense, excitement for a Gerald Everett touchdown, excitement when a guy named Cameron Scarlett hit someone really hard. But the team loves to compete and it’s always fun.
On his first pass, QB2 Geno Smith missed TE3 Colby Parkinson about a foot high (hard to do) and Parkinson didn’t even jump (strange start).
Speaking of Geno Smith, in an end zone game during the Final Scrimmage, Smith fell everyone by at least 40 feet. The receiver was in the front corner of the end zone and Smith’s litter was approaching the VMAC building itself.
He is not good. We take this truth for granted and hopefully irrelevant. Go Russ.
Things that were quick!
Finally, and probably the most encouraging sight of the day.
Hurry. High. Offense.
It finally happened !! Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to tell you that under perfect circumstances, the slightest chance is when Pete hasn’t forgotten Carroll or walked onto the field, when the staff is right and the opponent doesn’t win or watch out the Seattle Seahawks might have some rush options on the offensive.
To tell the truth, even though it was great. Wilson threw to Tyler Lockett and first about 15 yards with 33 seconds on the music box he met Will Dissly for a touchdown on the next play.
I’m not asking you to believe in Shane Waldron. I’m just asking you to give it a chance.