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May 2, 2009 12:49 PM

Lawrence Jackson, Ray Willis get a little testy Saturday morning

Posted by Danny O'Neil

New defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has a goal he's set out for defensive end Lawrence Jackson.

"Our biggest thing with Lawrence is he needs to lead the league in effort," Bradley said. "Lead the league in effort and that's what we charge him with and so far he's brought in to that."

Jackson's showed a fiery side, too, during one-on-one pass rush drills. Jackson and tackle Ray Willis tangled a couple of times during the morning practice. Willis knocked Jackson's helmet off on one drill and then they scrapped briefly after a drill, Jackson ending up on top before they were separated.

It wasn't just Jackson who lost his helmet, Steve Vallos also popped the helmet off No. 96 Michael Bennett, an undrafted free agent signed by Seattle.

Rookie Max Unger is playing left guard this minicamp, and he was particularly impressive during those drills. He matched up well against Brandon Mebane, who is a nightmare in one-on-one drills because of how low his center of gravity is, and Unger did a great job to stop Craig Terrill, who even tried a spin move on the rookie.

During team drills, cornerback Josh Wilson ran down a pass and intercepted it, catching it over his shoulder, after receiver Deon Butler tripped on the play.

A few other notes:

  • Kyle Williams, a tackle last season, is playing guard this training camp, working with the second unit.

  • The first-unit defensive line is Lawrence Jackson and Darryl Tapp at defensive ends, Brandon Mebane and Colin Cole at tackle. The second-unit defensive line is Baraka Atkins and Nick Reed at defensive ends, Red Bryant and Craig Terrill at tackles.

  • The first-unit offensive line is LT Sean Locklear, LG Mansfield Wrotto, C Chris Spencer, RG Rob Sims and RT Ray Willis. The second-unit line -- which is much more fluid because of substitutions -- goes LT William Robinson, LG Max Unger, C Steve Vallos, RG Kyle Williams and RT Na'Shan Goddard.

  • Tony Washington, a tryout, did not practice on Saturday.

  • Update: A couple people asked Cory Redding. Neither he nor Patrick Kerney are practicing during this minicamp.


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