Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
August 10, 2008 3:18 PM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Punter Ryan Plackemeier has been activated from the physically unable to perform list and participated in the Seahawks' special teams practice Sunday afternoon.
Plackemeier is in his third season and suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the team's June workouts and required surgery. He has been doing rehabilitation work, but Sunday was the first day he was eligible to participate in practice.
"How well he'll punt, I don't know," said Bruce DeHaven, Seattle's special teams coach. "But in terms of physically being able to punt, I think he's in pretty good shape now from what I hear."
Plackemeier had a few wobbly kicks during Sunday's practice, but stayed afterward along with several players and his final kick of the afternoon was a booming one.
Reggie Hodges was Seattle's only punter with Plackemeier out. His first punt in Friday's exhibition game was a 55-yarder.
Coach Mike Holmgren said that Plackemeier has been ordered not to tackle anyone during the exhibition season.
As for Friday's game?
"I found some guys that wanted to go down in there and hit somebody," DeHaven said. "And that's what I'm looking for in the exhibition season. "
It's a philosophical approach DeHaven learned while coaching under Marv Levy in Buffalo.
"You threw all the young guys out there, take your lumps, and hopefully find some guys that might be able to help you," DeHaven said. "And if one of those rookies are going to have to be out there, I want to give them as many reps in the preseason as I can. I'm figuring the veterans have a little bit of an idea how to do it."
August 10, 2008 12:07 PM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Julius Jones will start at halfback in the team's second exhibition game, which will be Saturday against Chicago. Maurice Morris started Friday's game in Minnesota and gained 62 yards on his six carries. Julius Jones' opportunities were more limited, he carried only four times.
Coach Mike Holmgren has said he will be using Morris and Jones as a tandem, considering them co-starters so to speak.
"We're going to play both of them," Holmgren said.
August 10, 2008 11:16 AM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
The Seahawks were missing more than one-quarter of the players on the roster for Sunday's morning practice, which was held without pads. There were seven new absences, players who were injured to at least a small degree in Friday's exhibition game in Minnesota.
Coach Mike Holmgren said after practice that the injuries were bumps and bruises, nothing that should keep players out for any extended period. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck hurt his back and was not on the field for practice, but he could be back as soon as Money, Holmgren said. Linebacker Lofa Tatupu sat out with a sore knee, but he, too, could be back Monday. Linebacker David Hawthorne -- one of the standouts in Friday's game -- sat out with an injured foot. Holmgren said he thought somebody stepped on it during the game, but he's expected back this week.
New absences: WR Joel Filani (leg), T Will Robinson (ankle), T Ray Willis, WR Bobby Engram, Hasselbeck, Tatupu and Filani. I'll post updates on the injuries to Willis and Engram later, but there was no indication either was serious.
Logan Payne practiced, but he was wearing a red jersey denoting no contact to protect the broken rib he suffered in the team's scrimmage on Aug. 2.
The Seahawks morning practice was without pads. The best competition was between wide receiver Jordan Kent and cornerback Kelly Jennings. The two dueled on a number of patterns. Kent caught a pair of tipped balls, one while on his back to beat Jennings. Jennings battled well to bat away a deep pass intended for Kent. Jennings made up ground on that play, which is really something considering Kent's speed. After Jennings batted the ball away, Holmgren urged Kent to go up and use his size to carve out space to make the catch.
Kent caught the first touchdown in Friday's exhibition game, an impressive catch in which he got behind the defender and then leaped to make the catch. He didn't stick out so much after that, and he dropped one catchable ball. Kent's not only fast, but he's got such a long stride that defenders don't always realize how fast he's moving until he's by them. Football coaches like to talk about a receiver's ability to get separation, creating distance between himself and the defender. Kent's speed gives him that ability.
Update, 11:40 a.m.: The Seahawks have eight linebackers currently on the roster. Only four practiced on Monday with Tatupu, Hawthorne, Eric Wicks and Matt Castelo injured. There are 81 players on the roster. Five of those are specialists. Of the other 76 players, only 56 practiced on Monday.
Stands to reason the Seahawks would join the chorus of NFL teams grumbling abou the 80-man roster, right? Well, not really, no. And other teams aren't grumbling too much either. Wonder why? ESPN.com's John Clayton reports the commissioner told teams to can the complaining about the limits on roster size. Isn't that a coincidence? Here's a link to Clayton's report right here.