by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - It's become obvious through two days of camp that both guard positions are fully up for grabs. G James Carpenter and G Paul McQuistan have rotated with the first-team offense at left guard while G J.R. Sweezy and G John Moffitt have rotated at right guard.
The tackle and center positions on the first- and second-team offensive lines are pretty firmly set in stone. T Russell Okung, C Max Unger and T Breno Giacomini run with the first-team while T Michael Person, C Lemuel Jeanpierre and T Michael Bowie with the second-team.
Head coach Pete Carroll said he intended on throwing DT Jordan Hill and DT Jesse Williams in with the first-team early in training camp. True to his word, Hill was running with the ones on Friday during team periods.
Hill lined up at 3-technique inside alongside DT Brandon Mebane in the team's base defensive look. DE Cliff Avril and DE Red Bryant were at the end positions with LB Malcolm Smith at strongside linebacker.
Hill looks the part and showed his quickness in getting into the backfield on a few occasions. Granted the team still isn't in full pads so trying to assess line play is a difficult proposition, but Hill looks like someone who will factor in this season.
Friday wasn't the best day of practice for QB Russell Wilson. Wilson appeared to be just a little bit off during team periods, especially in the 7-on-7 portion of practice.
Nothing alarming - it is the second day of training camp after all - but Wilson appeared just a bit out of sync with some missed throws. It's a rarity for Wilson and shouldn't be of any concern.
WR Stephen Williams made another nice grab in practice today. He leapt to haul in a pass from QB Brady Quinn up the right sideline over CB Ron Parker. Williams is a big receiver at 6-foot-5, 208 pounds, which makes him somewhat unique to the group in camp.
Williams is likely in a competition with WR Jermaine Kearse, WR Phil Bates and WR Chris Harper for one or two spots on the final 53-man roster.
In addition to the seven players listed on the physically unable to perform and non-football injury lists, a pair of players sat out Friday's workout.
LB Heath Farwell and FB Michael Robinson each sat out with undisclosed injuries. As Carroll did not speak after practice, no updates on their status was made available.
TE Sean McGrath was back at practice Friday after appearing to be dealing with an issue late in practice on Thursday. However, he seemed to be ailing again on Friday. While sitting at the autograph table after practice, McGrath appeared to be in some substantial discomfort. After being checked on by a trainer, they had to bring over a cart to wheel him off the practice field.
It appears McGrath may have be suffering from some cramping issues that led to the attention needed from the trainers. Even so, it's worth monitoring the next few days as Seattle is already missing TE Zach Miller.
Miller (foot), CB Tharold Simon (foot), RB Robert Turbin (foot), DE Chris Clemons (knee), DT Greg Scruggs (knee) and WR Percy Harvin (hip) remain on the PUP list. LB Korey Toomer (knee) is on the non-football injury.
According to reports, Harvin will get a second opinion on his injured hip Tuesday in New York. Until then, his status will remain unclear.
--Tarvaris Jackson happy to be back in Seattle
QB Tarvaris Jackson is in training camp with the Seattle Seahawks for the third straight season. He was traded to the Buffalo Bills last season when it became apparent he would not win the team's starting quarterback competition.
Jackson didn't get much of a chance to play in Buffalo and was released by the team earlier this offseason. When he had the chance, he jumped at the opportunity to return to the Seahawks.
"It felt like home," Jackson said.
Jackson said he never wanted to leave Seattle in the first place, but the Seahawks were not going to keep him and his $5 million salary on the roster if he wasn't starting. Jackson never had much chance to work into the mix with the Bills either and found himself keeping an eye on what his former team was doing.
"I knew that we were turning it over we were getting better and I wanted to be here for that, but like I said I still watched them, solidly rooted for them," Jackson said. "But you know I couldn’t really say that because somebody else was signing my check so I couldn’t say that. You know I watched them every week."
Jackson is familiar with the team's terminology and personnel. He played with Harvin and WR Sidney Rice in Minnesota and has a strong knowledge of their abilities. For Harvin, Jackson said he's an electric player and should be for Seattle too once he's able to get on the field.
"He’s probably one of the most talented guys I’ve been around, seriously," Jackson said. "...He’s on that level with Adrian Peterson type talent."
Jackson is competing with Quinn for the backup job to Wilson in training camp.