By John Boyle
Day 2 of camp is in the books, and no, Marshawn Lynch still isn’t here. The same group of players who were out Friday still sat out, as did receivers Percy Harvin and Kevin Norwood, and tackle Michael Bowie (who injured his shoulder in practice Friday). Pete Carroll wasn’t available to the media Saturday, so no update on Harvin and Norwood, but before you panic about Harvin, know that he was running around quite a bit early in practice, and remember that Carroll said during last month’s minicamp that they’ll manage Harvin’s practice time.
When asked about Harvin sitting out a day of minicamp, Carroll said, “Just rested him. He practiced half the time and then we rested him a little bit and made sure he was good. We haven’t been working him three straight days a lot of the time during the offseason so we didn’t want to do it here either.”
He wasn’t talking about training camp in that answer, but Carroll gave some insight as to how they’ll handle Harvin. Most likely Harvin will be given periodic days off throughout camp and perhaps even the regular season.
A few notes from today’s practice…
—Rookie DE Cassius Marsh, who I mentioned yesterday, stood out again. At one point he even got a bit of work with the first-team unit, though that can always just mean a player is getting a play off as much as anything. He was with the first-team in a line that had Kevin Williams playing the five-technique end spot (Red Bryant’s old position), Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel at tackle and Marsh on the right side at end. The next play he was again with the No. 1 defense in the nickel D as an interior pass rusher along with Jordan Hill (Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril were the ends).
Regardless of how he fits in, Marsh right now looks like a steal of a fourth-round pick. Then again, the Seahawks haven’t even practiced in pads yet, so he still has a ways to go.
—Doug Baldwin had one of the best plays of the day, using his arm to create a little separation on Byron Maxwell in order catch a deep pass from Russell Wilson. That’s the second time in as many practices that Baldwin has beaten Maxwell for a long touchdown.
—Jermaine Kearse also had a highlight-reel catch, coming down with an underthrown deep ball despite pass interference from A.J. Jefferson. Kearse also appeared to have the rare deep reception on Richard Sherman, but was flagged for offensive pass interference for a pretty clear push-off that created separation.
—Second-year CB Tharold Simon, who was one of the stars of offseason workouts, had a solid day with a couple of nice pass breakups down field. Really though I’m bringing up Simon so I can pass along this quote from Earl Thomas, who was asked just how good Simon can be: “I think he can be as good as Sherm if he just gets his technique down.” Hyperbole? Maybe a little, but that’s some pretty darn high praise from Thomas.
—We saw our first trick play of camp with receiver Phil Bates, a former quarterback at Ohio University, hitting Russell Wilson for a long completion on a trick play.
“Bates’ was on the money,” Wilson said. “He used to play quarterback.”
—Among those getting reps at free safety—the backup job behind Earl Thomas is wide open—were DeShawn Shead and Steven Terrell, who just signed with Seattle on Saturday.
—Jeremy Lane got the better of Ricardo Lockett in a matchup of two of the fastest players on Seattle’s roster, running stride for stride with the receiver to break up a deep pass in the end zone from Terrell Pryor.
—James Carpenter continues to look like a different person than the one we’ve seen over the past two years. He’s noticeably lighter, moving a lot better, and appears to be in better condition going through drills now than he was in the middle of last season.
—Wilson and Thomas both talked about how they compete to be the last person to leave the VMAC each day.
Wilson said the two of them “talk about life, talk about trying to be legendary in some way. That’s what we talk about all the time… We both want to be great players, be great leaders and be great human beings.”