Observations From Practice No. 13 Of 2022 Seahawks Training Camp – Seahawks.com

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The Seahawks continued a short week of preparation ahead of Thursday night’s preseason game against the Bears, making Tuesday’s practice a “Turnover Thursday.” Fittingly, one of the highlights of the day was an interception by Tariq Woolen in which the rookie corner covered a lot of ground to snag a pass over the middle of the field. That and more observations from the Seahawks’ penultimate practice ahead of their game against the Bears:
Geno Smith has gotten the majority of the work with the No. 1 offense so far in camp and in the preseason opener, but on Tuesday it was Lock running the starting offense. The plan, Pete Carroll said, was for Lock to start Thursday’s game against the Bears, but unfortunately Lock tested positive for COVID-19 and will have to miss the game.
Smith, meanwhile, didn’t let a change slow him down, and in fact had one of his better practices, a performance that included arguably the best throw of camp so far. When the team went into red-zone drills, Smith threw three touchdown passes in quick order, then later he capped his day by making a spectacular thrown on the run, rolling right before firing deep down the sideline to hit Penny Hart in stride for a long touchdown.
Saturday’s preseason opener saw the Seahawks start a pair of rookies at cornerback, and while Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant did plenty of things well in that game, their night started off with a couple of tough moments. First, Woolen found himself out of place in the red zone, leading to a wide-open touchdown for the Steelers, then later in the first quarter, fellow rookie George Pickens caught a long touchdown on Bryant, who to be fair was in good position before Pickens created a little separation with a late and subtle push off.
Those two moments by no means will define a pair of cornerbacks who have been great in training camp, and that was readily evident on Tuesday, particularly in the play of Woolen, who provided two of the day’s defensive highlights, breaking up a pass to DK Metcalf in the end zone, and later making a great play over the middle for an interception.
“He came out of nowhere,” Carroll said. “I really can’t wait to see that (on film). He’s the backside corner that made the play on the frontside curl on that play. He knocked a ball down last week on a corner route for another receiver, the one on the sidelines he made (that was) similar. I’ve not seen a corner make that play before. That’s back-to-back plays in back-to-back weeks. Pretty special.”
Given that it was his first day with a new team, receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who was acquired in a trade Monday, didn’t get a ton of work in Tuesday’s practice. But it only takes a glimpse of the 6-foot-2, 237-pound receiver to know why the Seahawks were intrigued by the former second-round pick.
“This is a guy we really liked coming out (in the draft)” Carroll said. “He’s an aggressive catcher, contested catch guy was really what we liked about him. He’s so strong and physical and all that. He made a lot of big plays, was a real go-to guy in the program at Stanford. And he’s unique. He’s a big strong kid. He was 225 (pounds) coming out, he’s like 230 right now. He was playing some tight end even for them, which we like all of that just that diversity. I’m always looking for unique guys, and this guy brings something possibly unique… Knowing who he is, he’s got terrific hands, he’s got a great catching range and he’s a physical kid.”
Rashaad Penny missed last Thursday’s practice with a minor groin injury and was held out of the preseason opener—it’s not clear that he would have played in that game even if 100 percent healthy—but Seattle’s top running back returned to action Tuesday and showed that he’s is just fine, exploding for a long run on one of his first touches of practice.
In addition to Penny returning, the Seahawks also saw several other players back in action after missing time last week, including linebacker Jordyn Brooks, cornerback Sidney Jones IV and receiver Freddie Swain.
Among those not practicing Thursday after playing Saturday were rookie running back Kenneth Walker III and tackle Jake Curhan, while receivers Dee Eskridge and Marquise Goodwin also remained out.
Carroll said Curhan was sidelined by back spasms, while Walker has “a little hernia thing that he’s working on, and we’ve got to get through that. It’s something we can attend to and all that, we’ve just got to make sure that he’s OK by the opener. That’s what we’re shooting for.”
A return for the opener is also the goal for Goodwin, who injured his hamstring last week.
“He’s doing well, feeling good about it,” Carroll said. “We’re looking for the opener to see if we can get him ready for then.”
Carroll said Eskridge won’t play in Thursday’s game, but said the second-year receiver is “really close. He’s doing more every day. He really was out there in practice some today. He took some walkthrough reps. He had an MRI that really supported that he’s almost back. I need to see him run full speed and the trainers not worry about it. He’s not quite there yet.”
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seattle Seahawks’ Preseason Week 1 32-25 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 13, 2022 at Acrisure Stadium. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.
Quarterback Drew Lock reviews in the locker room before the game.
The Seahawks arrived in Pittsburgh late on Thursday evening aboard their private charter.
Members of the Seahawks equipment staff unload equipment trunks from the charter aircraft into a truck to be taken to Acrisure Stadium.
The Seahawks, including Quandre Diggs and Al Woods, arrive at a local Pittsburgh high school for their day-before walkthru.
Greg Eiland, Jarrod Hewitt and Jacob Eason take it easy before the start of Friday’s walkthru.
Quarterback Geno Smith takes warmup throws before walkthru.
Members of the offense watch as the first team defense works through their portion of walkthru.
Wideouts Cody Thompson, Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and Freddie Swain watch with receivers coach Sanjay Lal.
Offensive linemen Damien Lewis, Abe Lucas and Charles Cross chat during a break in walkthru.
Head coach Pete Carroll talks to the team at the conclusion of Friday’s walkthru.
First year edge Boye Mafe poses on the turf at Acrisure Stadium the day before the game.
New Seahawk Uchenna Nwosu takes in the field in Pittsburgh during the team’s stadium visit.
The Seahawks gather as a team during their visit to Acrisure Stadium the day before the first exhbition game.
Carl “Tater” Smith and head coach Pete Carroll chat on the field before heading to the buses after Friday’s stadium visit.
On game day, tight end Noah Fant heads to the bus.
Safety Jamal Adams heads for the buses for the short ride from the team hotel to the stadium.
Running back Josh Jones and offensive tackle Charles Cross take in the sights of Pittsburgh and it’s numerous bridges on the ride to the stadium.
A young 12 in a DK Metcalf jersey waves to the Seahawks team buses as they head to the stadium.
Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf heads into the stadium on game day.
Cody Barton and Travis Homer talk with special teams coach Larry Izzo in the locker room hours before the game.
Running back DeeJay Dallas gets locked in.
Receiver Cody Thompson uses a Hyperice massage tool in the locker room before the game.
Seahawks edge Darrell Taylor gets the team fired up in the locker room.
First year running back Kenneth Walker III gets loose on the grass turf during early warmups.
Linebackers including Vi Jones work on agility during early warmups.
Darrell Taylor works in early pregame.
Defensive lineman Al Woods is all smiles during warmups.
Former Seahawks standout Michael Bennett visits with general manager John Schneider before the game.
Offensive tackle Charles Cross works during pregame warmups.
Quarterback Geno Smith greets head referee Adrian Hill before the game.
Head coaches Pete Carroll and Mike Tomlin exchange pleasantries as the respective teams were on the field during warmups.
Quarterback Geno Smith walks down the tunnel leading from the locker room to the field.
Quarterback Geno Smith greets Steelers defender T.J. Watt during the pregame coin toss.
Seahawks first round draft pick Charles Cross blocks during the first quarter.
Head coach Pete Carroll pumps up his team.
Seahawks edge rusher Boye Mafe had a strip sack resulting in a fumble in the first quarter and spent the second quarter fighting through efforts like this one.
Seahawks linebacker Nick Bellore breaks up a pass, bats it in the air and tries to recover the ball in the air.
Head coach Pete Carroll slaps hands with quarterback Geno Smith during a break in the action.
After throwing a touchdown to Dareke Young, quarterback Drew Lock tries to get the football back from the official for Young to keep as a souvenir of his first NFL td.
Linebacker Vi Jones violently sacks Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett in the second half.
Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock surveys the field from the pocket.
Seahawks running back DeeJay Dallas leaps into the end zone with a touchdown on a pass from Drew Lock.
Boye Mafe chases down and sacks Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett on fourth down to give the Seahawks the ball late in the game.
The Steelers force a Drew Lock fumble and recover late in the game.
After the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin chats with Seahawks defensive lineman Al Woods.
Safety Josh Jones, one of the standouts of Seahawks camp, has been making the most of his time in Seattle after previous stints in Green Bay, Dallas and Jacksonville.
Seahawks star wideout DK Metcalf is adjusting to new quarterbacks and a new attitude and outlook as he enters his fourth season.
The Seahawks added running back depth ahead of their final preseason game, signing undrafted rookie Ronnie Rivers.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave an update on the quarterback competition during an interview with Seattle Sports 710AM.
Marquise Goodwin has enjoyed a strong training camp with the Seahawks, but he and his wife, Morgan, are also focused on another goal that is bigger than anything he does on a football field.
With Drew Lock back from COVID-19 this week, the quarterback competition is back on, and Pete Carroll isn’t in a huge rush to make a decision on the starting job.
Injury updates from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
The Seahawks made a roster move Tuesday, bringing back tight end Cade Brewer.
The Seahawks made five roster moves ahead of this week’s deadline to reduce the roster to 80 players.
Injury news and an update on Drew Lock from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
Newly-acquired Seahawks receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is entering year-four in the NFL with a fresh slate in Seattle, and is ready to compete.
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