Young Seahawks who looked good in OTAs

June, 11, 2014
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RENTON, Wash. -- Thursday is the last day of organized team activities for the Seahawks before the mandatory three-day minicamp next week.

Here are a six young players who stood out:

Wide receiver Kevin Norwood -- The rookie from Alabama just doesn't drop passes. What's clear is his ability to catch the ball in traffic and his toughness. He showed it Monday by hauling in a 35-yard Hail Mary in the end zone over Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane on a pass from Russell Wilson.

"One of the things I liked the best about Norwood [in college] was his contested catches and his ability to catch the ball in a crowd,'' said Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. "We saw that [Monday] a couple of times. There are some missed assignments every now and then, which you expect from young guys, but he's really worked hard. The stage is not too big for him."

Running back Christine Michael -- The second-year player from Texas A&M has looked as good as he can look in non-tackling workouts, but it's his attitude that has made the most points with the coaches.

"Christine has made the most progress, but he has the farthest to come,'' said coach Pete Carroll. "It's just a little bit of everything and maturing into the role. It's hard for guys who have been star players to come in a fit into a back-up position and understand how you have to focus and study. There was a separation between him and the other guys, but he's really closed in on them now."

Offensive tackle Justin Britt -- The rookie for Missouri is doing everything right. He has a good chance to earn the starting job at right tackle.

"He's done a really god job," Carroll said. "He's mature. He studies really hard and he demonstrates the grit we're looking for. He's really into it and he asks the right questions. All the indications we have right now are he's really ready to compete for this job."

Outside linebacker Korey Toomer -- No player has earned more praise than Toomer. He missed his first two NFL season with injuries, but he's healthy now and has been a pleasant surprise. Toomer is getting plenty of time on the field with Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith both recovering from offseason surgery.

"He probably has been the brightest guy in the whole camp," Carroll said. "His speed is really obvious. He practices just like the guys who play all the time and he looks like he can compete with all those guys. We all have been impressed with his knowledge of what's going on and his effort with the way he's flying around the field."

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn also likes what he has seen from Toomer: "He's got really good quickness. It shows up and Sam linebacker when he's buzzing through the flat and it shows up when he's blitzing. You can see his initial quickness off the ball. That's what jumps out to me."

Defensive back Terrance Parks -- He's listed as a cornerback, but Parks (6-2, 220) has been working at free safety as a possible backup to Earl Thomas. Parks signed with Kansas City after going undrafted in 2012, but signed with Hamilton in the CFL last year.

"He's someone who is really playing fast," Quinn said of Parks. "Sometimes you can just tell how hard a guy is trying to work and the hunger they have, and he's one of those guys."

Quarterback B.J. Daniels -- He hasn't gotten much playing time in the team drills, but he made the most of his one series Monday, leading the offense on a touchdown drive.

Daniels zipped in three impressive completions -- a crossing pattern to tight end Cooper Helfet, a slant to Ricardo Lockette and a 15-yard TD pass to Arceto Clark. Daniels' teammates were impressed, giving him a lot of high fives as he left the field.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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