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Seahawks Camp Report: Day 1

7/25/2014

Here are six observations from the first day of training camp for the Seattle Seahawks:

  • One clear standout was rookie receiver Kevin Norwood. He made one sensational leaping catch on a cross pattern while two defenders were closely covering him. Norwood also made a tough catch on a deep out, then turned and juked his way past linebacker Horace Miller to race down the sideline. Paul Richardson is the rookie speedster who wows people with his speed, but Norwood has been a pleasant surprise with his sure hands, consistent route running and polished skills every time he's on the field.

  • Rookie safety Dion Bailey of USC got a standing ovation from the crowd when he leaped to intercept a Russell Wilson pass on a Wilson bootleg. Bailey was a free-agent signee who is hoping to earn a backup spot behind Earl Thomas.

  • The punt returning job remains wide open. Seven players took turns fielding punts Friday -- Thomas, cornerbacks Richard Sherman, Phillip Adams and A.J. Jefferson, and receivers Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin and Bryan Walters.

  • Sherman had a deja vu moment in practice when he was covering Chris Matthews on a deep sideline pass to the right corner of the end zone. Sherman reached up and tipped the ball away at the last second. It was similar to his game-saving play in the NFC Championship against the 49ers when he tipped the pass away from Michael Crabtree, which Malcolm Smith intercepted. By the way, Sherman also was wearing neon lime green shoes that were blinding.

  • Harvin had some nice catches Friday, but the biggest thing is just seeing him on the field 100 percent healthy. "This is the best I've felt in a very long time," Harvin said. "I'm doing some things I haven't been able to do in a while."

  • It's just the first day with no pads, but running backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin took full advantage of Marshawn Lynch's absence and had several impressive runs. Michael really shows off his speed on outside runs around the edge, usually out running linebackers to the sideline before the defensive back can catch him.