by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The focus of day two of training camp was on the talented, but young, wide receiving corps.
With WR Sidney Rice set to be incredibly limited throughout camp, the other receivers have a chance to step up and prove they be a contributor for the Seahawks.
WR Ricardo Lockette had a strong day during day one of camp and WR Golden Tate and WR Deon Butler both showed up frequently on day two.
Tate made several nice receptions in traffic, including high-pointing some jump balls down the field for big gains. QB Matt Flynn found Tate running free up the left sideline behind CB Phillip Adams. Flynn's pass was a little wobbly, but still got there before the defense as Tate made a nice grab while adjusting his body.
Tate briefly injured his toe, causing him to get looked at by the trainers before returning to the field without many ill-effects.
Bulter also made several nice grabs during the practice. However, one of the plays would have been ugly if there were live contact. QB Tarvaris Jackson threw Butler the ball on a route across the middle that would have led Butler right into LB Malcolm Smith.
WR Ben Obomanu also made a nice grab on a throw from QB Russell Wilson. Wilson escaped the pocket and threw on the run to Obomanu, who made the catch in traffic down the field.
Rice had shed his red no-contact jersey that he had been wearing on Saturday, but was still incredibly limited in how much he could do. Rice wouldn't engage as a blocker down the field and said he understands where the line is of what he can do right now.
"It was my decision not to put (the red no-contact jersey) on today," Rice said. "I feel like I’m conscious of what I’m able to do out there. I’ve just got to be smart when I’m out there in the blue (jersey), most of the guys on the defense know that I’m not ready for any contact. So when I get out there shadow them and get my conditioning done."
Tate talked about what changed for him at the end of last season as he became a more dependable target late in the year and how he feels now entering his third season in the league. TATE AUDIO HERE
Tate seems more confident heading into this season and knows he is going to be expected to step up this year. It's a challenge he appears ready to take head on. Rice said it's a noticable change from Tate as training camp gets rolling.
"It’s not what I see myself, everybody out here sees it," Rice said. "You can go ask some of the people on the sidelines that were out here watching practice today; he made a couple of huge plays. The crowd was jumping up, loving it and he’s going to be a big help to the team."
WR Jermaine Kearse (foot), CB Walter Thurmond (leg) and T James Carpenter (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform list.
Also not participating during team drills on Sunday were TE Kellen Winslow, DE/LB Jameson Konz, CB Byron Maxwell and DE Alan Branch. T Allen Barbre is still not with the team as he is tending to a personal issue.
Undrafted free agent G Rishaw Johnson appeared to go down toward the end of practice. Johnson had to be carted off the practice field at the end of the workout. No update has been given yet on his condition. It appeared to be a leg injury of some kind.