Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch and more
By Mike Sando
RENTON, Wash. -- Five quick thoughts after watching the Seattle Seahawks' practice session Tuesday from team headquarters:
- Miller key: Backup tight end Anthony McCoy was not a key player for the Seahawks. However, his recent injury focuses attention on depth at the position. Losing starter Zach Miller would create a crisis at the position. Miller and McCoy both played all 16 games last season. Miller played 83.8 percent of the snaps. McCoy played 45.5 percent. Sean McGrath and rookie Luke Willson are in the mix. Willson, impressive in the team's rookie camp, dropped a couple of passes Tuesday. That's no big deal on May 28, but it heightened in my mind the depth situation at the position.
- Quinn's role: Backup quarterback Brady Quinn has not appeared to throw the ball very well in the two practice sessions open to reporters. I'll be interested to see whether he throws with greater command and accuracy during training camp.
- Lots of talking: There's ample energy and communication in the Seattle secondary. Free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman caught my attention with their frequent encouraging words for teammates, including for newcomer Antoine Winfield. The Seahawks have a great thing going in their secondary and it's obvious even during May practices.
- Harvin moment: The deep pass Russell Wilson rocketed to Percy Harvin down the right sideline will stand in my mind as the first "wow" moment I've witnessed involving two of the Seahawks' most important players. Harvin worked some against Winfield, his former teammate, as starters competed against starters for stretches.
- Lynch sighting: Running back Marshawn Lynch participated in practice, a change from last week. I'm not reading a great deal into Lynch's decision to attend this week after missing previous sessions. He seems to keep his own schedule and these practices are, by definition, voluntary. However, he's one of the more important players on the team, and the Seahawks want him out there.
That's it from here. I'm also booked for the Rams' organized team activities in June.