What – The second day of preseason practices went for about two hours in helmets and no pads in front of another packed hillside of a couple thousand screaming fans. The morning was again cool – had to have been at least 20 degrees cooler than any other NFL training camp – before the sun emerged for team drills just before noon.
Who shined – It seems the Seahawks’ preferred alignment in the secondary may end up being DeShawn Shead outside as the right cornerback opposite Richard Sherman with Jeremy Lane inside when they play nickel defense with five backs. Shead, a part-time starter last season after Cary Williams failed and was cut by November, was the first right cornerback in base defense. On Saturday, Lane was the No. 1 cornerback. Tharold Simon, in the final year of his rookie contract and his last chance to make an impact, has been a second-team cornerback so far. … Eric Pinkins was the No. 1 strong-side linebacker, one day after Mike Morgan was. The carousel search to replace departed Bruce Irvin will continue. “It’s a five-, six-man battle,” defensive coordinator Kris Richard said, including Cassius Marsh and Kevin Pierre-Louis as well. … Wide receiver Paul Richardson looks sharp despite being injured for all but one game the last 19 months. His timing with quarterback Russell Wilson is sharp, and he looks fast and fluid after an ACL tear and pulled hamstring the previous two seasons. … A new version of the previous “Jetsons” speed-rush defensive line – Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Frank Clark and Ryan Robinson, who was injured last season – has looked good. Robinson knocked down one of Wilson’s passes with his extended right hand. Clark is roaming from rush end to dropping into pass coverage, all over the field. Coach Pete Carroll said Saturday the Seahawks didn’t use Clark enough as a rookie, and that he will “play a ton” this season. … Alex Collins, the rookie running back from Arkansas, continues to show versatility. He was out as a wide receiver in a five-wide, no-back set. To start practice, Collins was returning kickoffs. … Former Washington Huskies wide receiver Kevin Smith made a fine tumbling catch at the right sideline from No. 2 quarterback Trevone Boykin. Smith tapped his wrist – last season’s celebration for wide receivers – before Boykin ran 20 yards to chest-bump Smith for the catch. Boykin’s passes have been hit-and-miss in the first two practices. … Bennett blew through the line to ruin a running play, then did a variation of his sack dance to celebrate; the fans loved that, roaring over it.
Who sat – Tight end Jimmy Graham and running back Thomas Rawls (physically-unable-to-perform list); defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (non-football injury list); rookie third-round pick C.J. Prosise had a wrap over his right leg and did not do any drills. The presumed third-down running back injured his hamstring in the first 15 minutes of Saturday’s practice in a special-teams drill.
Quote of the day – Defensive end Frank Clark to training-camp roommate Rawls, as both were signing autographs and fans showered Rawls with love: “Make your bed in the morning.”
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