You’re probably used to opening these practice recaps and reading all about how good Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense looked. While that’s usually the case, that’s not at all what transpired on Thursday at the VMAC.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Chris Carson, Poona Ford, Freddie Swain and Demarcus Christmas all didn’t practice.
2. Ethan Pocic continued to get all of the first-team reps at center. B.J. Finney worked at right and left guard without taking a single rep at center, first-team or otherwise. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Pocic is now the favorite to be Seattle’s starter in Week 1. It just doesn’t make sense to have Finney go an entire practice without getting any reps at center if you have any plans of starting him against Atlanta.
This could mean one of two things: Either Pocic has completely balled out to the level of his second-round draft stock, or Finney has been largely underwhelming. I have to imagine it’s, at least to some degree, the latter. Finney is a lock to make the roster given his contract structure (Seattle would lose $1 million in cap space by cutting him), so giving him reps at both guard spots makes sense. He could very well be the backup at three positions (center and both guard spots).
3. Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs each took part in a hand technique drill along with the pass rushers. Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright participated as well.
4. A few of the lone bright spots from the offense were a few nice gains on inside runs. Travis Homer had one and Carlos Hyde had two, with all three plays drawing excitement out of the coaching staff.
5. From there it was all defense. Alton Robinson blew up a run play off the edge. Shaquem Griffin made a similar play. Eli Mencer had a sack as well. Robinson also knocked down a pass from Wilson during a red zone team period.
6. The offense didn’t help itself, either. There were drops galore and a few penalties sprinkled in for good measure. Ethan Pocic also had a low snap that got past Wilson during the red zone team drill. The offense struggled at times even to get lined up correctly with regular moments of confusion.
7. The tipping point was when Jamal Adams burst into the backfield on a blitz and sacked Wilson. Adams sprinted by the star quarterback and kept running 25 yards while rotating his right arm like he was a third-base coach waving somebody home. The entire defense, coaches included, got rowdy from there, and they were sure to let the offense know about it. Bobby Wagner was prominently seen talking his talk to anybody who wanted to listen.
8. There weren’t any notable offensive highlights during the ensuing 7-on-7 period, either. Most sizeable completions took a long time to develop and would have likely been sacks.
9. The offense’s one saving grace was a long touchdown from Wilson to DK Metcalf towards the end of practice. Metcalf torched Neiko Thorpe on the play and made a full-extension grab in the back of the end zone.
10. Quinton Dunbar was a bit more active in practice, participating in team drills for the first time. He got a few reps with the rest of the starting defense.