Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks audibles at the line of scrimmage as center Lemuel Jeanpierre #61 of the Seattle Seahawks prepares to hike the football during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 30-10. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
What does that mean exactly? Not a whole lot actually.
Practices are no longer open to the fans and players get to move back into their homes instead of the hotel in Bellevue they've been staying at for the last three weeks. But in an era where more teams are holding training camps at their own facilities as opposed to off-site locations such as Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash., there isn't much that tangibly changes now that training camp has concluded.
What will change is the amoung the first-team offense will play this weekend against the Denver Broncos.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell wants to see his offense put some points on the board - a feat they did not accomplish is two drives last week against San Diego.
"I’d like our ones to do a little bit better," Bevell said. "The problem is that you don’t have them out there for a long time. They’re going to get to stay out there a little bit more so we want to see the ones go down and score some points."
The first-team will likely play well into the second quarter, if not the entire first half. Bevell said he liked the way QB Tarvaris Jackson looked and how the offensive line protected, but he needs to see improved play on third down as well.
Bevell also made a point of speaking well of TE Luke Willson and how he's performed in both the receiving and blocking aspects of the tight end position.
"I really like Luke (Willson)," Bevell said. "Probably the one thing that has been most exciting is how much he has been able to do in the run game. We felt like he could be a good receiver for us, but being able to take care of the line of scrimmage is good for us."
Six players remain on the PUP and NFI lists for Seattle. WR Percy Harvin (hip), DE Chris Clemons (knee), DT Greg Scruggs (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot) and TE Zach Miller (foot) remain on the physically unable to perform list. LB Korey Toomer (knee) remains on the non-football injury list.
CB Ron Parker (hamstring), G James Carpenter (foot), LB Bruce Irvin (groin), DT Jaye Howard (shoulder) and RB Christine Michael (back) also remained sidelined. WR Sidney Rice also did not participate on Thursday.
DT Jaye Howard (shoulder) and LB Ty Powell (thigh) were back at practice on Thursday.
WR Phil Bates actually saw time with the running backs in practice getting some time at the fullback position.
"We’re trying to see what we have there," Bevell said. "We put Phil (Bates) in at fullback a little bit because we want to see how he takes ahold of that and just see what we kind of have. We’ve had him here long enough to know what we can expect from him outside, but he’s a big body so we want to see what he can give us in the backfield."
DE Cliff Avril, DT Jaye Howard and LB Ty Powell all appeared to be held out of team activites after returning to practice the past two days.