The Seahawks took things to the other side of Lake Washington today, holding an open-to-the-public scrimmage at Husky Stadium. The team reported attendance at 6,231, which seems about right, but I’ve gotta say is an awfully specific number for a free practice that wasn’t ticketed.
Matt Hasselbeck, who apparently has a sore hamstring, took a few snaps early in practice, but was held out of the scrimmage portion of things. That gave Charlie Whitehurst a chance to practice with the No. 1 offense, while JP Losman ran the twos. TE John Carlson also sat out with an oblique injury, though Pete Carroll said if it were a real game, Carlson could have played.
For the most part the defense dominated, though the No. 1 offense did manage a pair of touchdowns against the second-string defense for the days only scores (there were two missed field goals, though one was a 45-yarder attempted by punter John Ryan).
The first touchdown was a 1-yard pass from Whitehurst to TE Chris Baker on a play action bootleg pass. The big play of that drive was a 33-yard pass to Deon Butler, who made a spectacular leaping catch. After practice Carroll called Butler the team’s “most improved receiver,” and added that, along with DE Red Bryant, he may be the most improved player in training camp.
The second touchdown came on the day’s final drive, an 80-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard completion from Whitehurst to Mike Williams on a slant.
A few other observations:
—First-round pick Russell Okung spent the entire practice with the No. 2 offense while Ray Willis worked with the starters. Okung saw time with the ones yesterday, but that was because Willis was out. It will likely be sometime late next week if not later before Okung takes over.
—The battle for the starting running back job figured to be one of the most interesting in camp, but today made it look like Justin Forsett has a distinct lead on that race. For most of the scrimmage, he worked with the ones while Julius Jones played with twos. Jones did play with the first-team offense on the final drive of the day, however.
—One starting job that does still appear wide open, however, is at cornerback. While Marcus Trufant is firmly entrenched at one spot, Josh Wilson and Kelly Jennings are constantly going back and forth for the other starting spot. Quite often both will be on the field anyway in passing situations, but the battle to be the every-down starter should go well into camp.
—Rookie CB Walter Thurmond, who is coming back from a knee injury that ended his senior season at Oregon, had a couple of pass breakups and was a physical presence while working with the No. 2 defense.
Also, Isaiah Stanback, who tore his Achilles yesterday, was waived/injured and WR Mike Hass was re-signed to take his spot on the roster.