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By: Trevor Williams, Sports Radio KJR
When the Seahawks players left home this morning to go to camp, they probably didn’t get the cliché “Make new friends,” send-off from their mothers.
Instead, Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable decided to provide the words of wisdom (or action of wisdom, if you prefer) for the first day of training camp.
According to wide receiver Sidney Rice, Cable put preseason polls and newspaper articles up on the screen in a meeting room before promptly taking them down and placing them in the shredder.
“[Preseason rankings] mean absolutely nothing. You can’t win games and you can’t get to the Super Bowl off preseason rankings. You’ve got to take it one day at a time. You’ve got to come in, put the work in and everybody has to be mentally and physically ready,” said Rice.
With the shredding of the hype, the Seahawks were finally ready to get down to business.
Practice was officially scheduled to begin at 10:30am, however, Jason Puckett, of the Furness Show, noted that position coaches and various position groups were out on the field before 10am going through drills and getting their work in.
Certainly, the Seahawks are given plenty of media attention. Up until now, the attention has been mostly positive. Although, the Seahawks did have one major story break that had twitter “chirping” and left fans feeling anxious.
Ian Rapoport, of the NFL Network, reported that Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin apparently suffered a torn labrum (hip) before camp began. Harvin, who has had a history of injuries, will seek a second opinion later this week and is still forming a plan of action.
When Sidney Rice joined the Furness Show, he said that he’s not personally concerned with Harvin being out.
“He [Harvin] is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around. Our trainers do a really great job of monitoring players and putting them back in [at the right time],” said Rice
The Seahawks’ Head Coach, Pete Carroll, also addressed concerns surrounding Harvin. He conceded that an injury like his could possibly require surgery, however, the Seahawks are not ready to say anything definitively until they have more information.
Day 1: A Players Perspective
DE Michael Bennett: “I think [Dan Quinn (Seahawks Defensive Coordinator)] brings the intensity. He wants everybody to get better. Every day if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse and that’s the philosophy he has. He wants us to compete and go out there and be the best at everything we do. He’s just about winning.”
WR Sidney Rice: “[Today] felt great. The body is getting better and I’m excited to be out here with my teammates. Going against that defense right there is amazing. When you make plays [against] a defense like that it makes you feel good as a player.”
Rice commented that he believes the Seahawks have the best defense in the NFL and a stellar secondary. He had a chance to go one-on-one with Richard Sherman, Thursday.
“I caught [a pass] against [Sherman] today. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt. He backed off of me and didn’t go press coverage,” said Rice.
Rice also talked about Sherman’s recent feature on the cover of Sports Illustrated. “[Sherman] deserves everything he’s getting right now – all the praise – and we’ve just got to handle [things like being on the cover of Sports Illustrated] the right way,” said Rice.
HC Pete Carroll: “It’s great to be back working. We had a good first day and are ready to get rocking. People are really ready about this season and we’ve got a lot of hard work to do to represent them right.
“Russell was in command of everything. There are a lot of good communications that come from guys being together over time.
“It was a good start but we’ve got a million miles to go.”
PUP List: The Seahawks released their Physically Unable to Perform List today. Fans should not necessarily be concerned as players can have the “PUP” designation removed at any time. When NFL players are placed on a PUP List it does not indicate that they will miss games. By titling players as “PUP” additional athletes can be added to the practice roster.
(July 25th, 2013):
Physically Unable to Perform List
DE Chris Clemons (knee)
WR Percy Harvin (hip)
TE Zach Miller (foot)
DE Greg Scruggs (knee)
CB Tharold Simon (foot)
RB Robert Turbin (foot)
Non-Football Injury List
LB Korey Toomer (knee)
Bruce Irvin: Bruce Irvin spent a lot of time in the four-point stance Thursday, but did spend time with the linebackers during positional breakout sessions. According to Doug Farrar, “Irvin is going to be working with multiple position groups. He made that very clear in his interview today.”
Golden Tate: When Farrar spoke to the Furness Show, following Thursday’s practice, he said Golden Tate emphasized that he, “loves this team” and “wants to play into a bigger contract here.” Farrar said Tate looks like a player playing in a contract year.
This morning, Tate also spoke to Mitch Levy on 950 KJR. He said, “I want to be an every down guy, an every type of play guy. I want coach to say we can give Golden a slant, we are confident he can get off the line and is going to catch the ball, get the first down. We want to give Golden the in route the dagger. I want them to look my way and think yes.”
Russell Wilson: Russell Wilson received praise from his teammates and coaching staff on day one. Sidney Rice said, “He’s going to lead the team. He has very high expectations for himself. Everybody believes in Russell, not only because of what he does on the field, but what he does off the field.”
Pete Carroll on Okung’s Wild Run w/ Bulls: “I’m glad he made it.”
Michael Bennett on Johnny Football: “He [Johnny Manziel] has a nice looking girlfriend.”
Sidney Rice on Dread Locks: “I’ve been growing mine for seven years. I told Coach Bev [Darrell Bevell] a couple of years ago that they’d be coming off in two or three years, so we’ll see.”
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