Camp Mora: Day 2
Posted by Danny O'Neil
|SEAHAWKS TRAINING CAMP: Day 2|
Redding and willing: Cory Redding entered the league as a defensive end and played his way into a big-money contract from Detroit with his play at defensive tackle. So where does he fit with the Seahawks? A little bit of both positions as it turns out.
Redding will play left defensive end on first and second down and then he will move inside to defensive tackle, providing a third pass rusher from defensive tackle. That's something Seattleen tried with Patrick Kerney in 2007 and rookie Lawrence Jackson in 2008. Redding is a larger than both.
Redding's insertion at left end bumps Kerney to the left edge of the defensive line. Kerney came to the Seahawks as a left end, someone whose stature and strength allowed him to stand up to the double teams that come at that position. Now, Redding will shoulder those burdens.
"You typically put a powerful guy at that position," coach Jim Mora said. "A lot teams are right-handed in the terms of the way they run the football. That gives you a bigger body to take on the double teams from the tackle and the tight end that you tend to get. We see him [Redding] moving inside and playing as an inside rusher and playing as a third rusher on pass downs."
Back in the saddle: Rob Sims returned to left guard on Friday, which was 16 months but only one regular-season start since he left that position. He moved from the left side of the line after Seattle signed Mike Wahle in February 2008, but Sims suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the season-opener at Buffalo last season and missed the rest of the season. When Wahle was released on Friday, Sims was back at left guard. "It's just like riding a bike," Sims said.
Veteran toughness: Ken Lucas is a veteran with eight years of NFL experience and a playing history sufficient to earn him a starting spot in Seattle upon signing. Just don't think he takes the veteran's route through training camp. He was one of the feistiest competitors during Saturday's morning practice, battling with Deion Branch sufficiently that Branch signaled pass interference would have been called at one point.
Headstrong: A year ago, Courtney Taylor was considered a breakout candidate during training camp. Then came the regular season, a case of the drops and a subsequent demotion to the practice squad. Well, he's playing his way toward another opportunity this training camp. He had a diving reception of a pass from Seneca Wallace in an offense-only drill and then made it look almost as easy when he matched up against cornerback Marquis Floyd. First time, he swam through Floyd and caught a ball over the middle, and later came an deep pass toward the corner of the end zone.
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