Sticky-fingered John Carlson grabbing the ball ... and attention
Posted by Danny O'Neil
The Seahawks' afternoon practice on Thursday included four speakers that were aimed at the field to simulate crowd noise. It was loud enough that one of the team's security officials resorted to ear plugs, a savvy veteran move that I will have to keep in my playbook.
One of the things I focused on in the afternoon was the tight ends and fullbacks had one-on-one coverage drills against linebackers and safeties. Those can be some of the more interesting drills because in an actual game, those are the kind of matchups that can actually decide a game. Can a safety man-up against a larger tight end? Can a fullback beat the coverage of a linebacker? That very matchup decided last year's Seahawks game at San Francisco when Leonard Weaver ran wild after a reception.
But on to the observations:
A highlight came later in the drill during a full-team drill when tight end Joe Newton got to the third layer of the defense to catch a ball thrown over the middle by Seneca Wallace. He caught it to a few "Oooohs," but the real story is what didn't happen because safety Deon Grant went running by Newton because this was a non-contact practice and Newton is a teammate. What would have happened if that was a full-pad game situation? We'll let Deon explain:
"I had to slow down before I even got to him," Grant said. "If I hadn't slowed down, I would have had to send some flowers to his parents."
There was also a special-teams drill, and Ben Obomanu, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Seneca Wallace were the three players fielding punts.
Copyright © 2009 The Seattle Times Company
Dec 24 - 6:10 AM Looking back: Revisiting Sunday's scouting report
Dec 24 - 1:09 AM Seahawks' scoring binge
Dec 24 - 1:01 AM Video: Summing Seattle's victory
Dec 24 - 12:58 AM Video: Russell Wilson post-game comments
Dec 24 - 12:21 AM Rookie passing roll call