OK, are we all done laughing at Golden Tate and his maple bar heist? No? Me neither. But let’s move on and talk about what else went on at today’s OTA.
As has been the case all spring, LB Leroy Hill was not at practice. Carroll said resolution may be coming soon on Hill, who was arrested for domestic violence in April.
“We’re getting closer to understanding where the situation is, and we’ll know more about that pretty soon,” Carroll said.
Asked if Hill’s absence is hurting him, Carroll said, “Well if that didn’t matter, why would you practice? Practice is hugely important. There’s a new system, there’s a whole new approach to doing things. This certainly hinders his opportunity without question. The other guys have rocketed ahead with their chances and taken advantage of that, and that’s just part of the competition. You do what you can with your opportunities. So he’s going to have to battle back if we can get him back out here. We’ll see when the time comes.”
One of the new faces at Tuesday’s practice was former Husky Isaiah Stanback, who signed with the team last week. Carroll liked what he saw from the quarterback turned receiver.
“Isaiah is a kid that we recruited hard and had him in our camp and then coached against him for years,” Carroll said. “I’ve had great respect for his ability and all around athleticism. He’s got terrific speed and explosion. He could offer us some help to do some things if we needed it at the quarterback spot to salvage a couple of situations. I haven’t seen him play much in the last couple of years, but I’m anxious to fit him in and see what he offers us. He’s a unique player.”
Tuesday’s practice was the first since the team cut LenDale White, the former USC running back who the Seahawks acquired in a draft-day trade.
“We were giving that some hope that we could get something going there,” Carroll said. “It just didn’t come around right. So we wish him the very best and hope things work out for him.”
Carroll was vague as to why White was given such a short stint with the team.
“It was just time to move ahead,” he said. “I think he needs to go somewhere else and find a spot, and it wasn’t going to be here. That’s it.”
As for who the starter is now at running back, Carroll said that won’t be decided until later.
“I don’t know that yet,” he said. “We’re leaving this thing wide open. There’s no reason to call it. Julius has done everything he needs to do to represent. He’s done a beautiful job so far. Justin continues to do really well to, we love the way he’s showing right now. Those guys are certainly in the 1-2 spots. Whoever is first, it doesn’t really matter to me right now. I can’t tell, and I don’t care. Right now we’re just playing football.”