We are inching closer to real football. The Seattle Seahawks put on shoulder pads for the first time this summer on Monday. Players will be in full pads on Tuesday as the overall competitiveness and physicality of camp continues to increase. Here's what you need to know from an entertaining practice on Monday.
1. The Russell Wilson to DK Metcalf connection continues to dominate the conversation at Seahawks camp. Wilson hit Metcalf deep down the left side for a 40-yard touchdown during 7-on-7 work. The throw was impressive, but Metcalf's one-handed catch in tight coverage was even better. A few plays later in the same period, Wilson hit Metcalf's back shoulder in the left side of the end zone for a 6-yard score. During the next team period, Wilson hit Metcalf's back shoulder again, this time down the left sideline despite great coverage from Tre Flowers. Wilson's final attempt for Metcalf was a shot deep down the left sideline. Metcalf was ruled out of bounds after making an impressive over-the-shoulder catch as he fell to the ground. His feet were nearly in bounds, though, and I would have thrown the challenge flag. Regardless, it appears that Metcalf has already built significant chemistry with Wilson.
2. We saw 1-on-1's for the first time since the start of camp. Here are some notes from the wide receiver vs. cornerback drill:
- Tyler Lockett beat Akeem King deep down the right sideline. He later shook free over the middle for a nice catch and run. Lockett also had a touchown during the red zone team period from Wilson.
- Jamar Taylor and Neiko Thorpe had pass breakups during the drill.
- Wilson delivered a beautiful pass to Terry Wright on a deep out, but the rookie wasn't able to hold on near the right sideline.
- Flowers had fantastic coverage on a deep pass down the left sideline from Wilson to David Moore.
- Paxton Lynch hit Keenan Reynolds deep down the left sideline with Jeremy Boykins in coverage.
- Wilson hit Metcalf on a quick slant from left to right.
- Wilson connected with Amarah Darboh deep down the left sideline with Boykins in coverage.
3. Defensive line vs. offensive line 1-on-1's took place at the same time as 7-on-7. I wasn't able to see much, but I did see Jacob Martin make a great spin move to beat the right tackle trying to block him. Duane Brown also had a dominant rep against Barkevious Mingo.
4. Geno Smith's best throw was a 35-yard touchdown in 7-on-7 towards the middle of the end zone to Jazz Ferguson, who made a fantastic catch in double coverage.
5. Jacob Hollister had two sizeable receptions on passes from Wilson during 7-on-7 work-- one to the left sideline and one over the middle.
6. Ugo Amadi had a pick-six during the red zone team period on a pass short left from Lynch intended for Chris Carson. The pocket collapsed and Lynch threw it over Carson's head.
7. Rashaad Penny, while split wide to the right, beat Shaquem Griffin on a quick slant for a touchdown from Wilson during the same red zone drill. Griffin is a player who appears to need a solid preseason as he's firmly on the bubble.
8. Jaron Brown closed that same period with a 5-yard touchdown catch from Wilson in the middle of the end zone.
9. WIlson and the first-team offense scored a touchdown in a move-the-ball team period near the end of practice. Brown and Ed Dickson had receptions to move the ball into the red zone. The drive was capped by an 8-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Nick Vannett. Overall, Wilson has been absolutely dialed in thus far through camp.
10. Seattle's starting defense stopped Lynch and the second-team offense's drive. Flowers and Shaquill Griffin each had fantastic coverage on separate deep balls. Smith was also stopped in his drive.