Carroll singles out rookie standouts

May, 18, 2014
May 18
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RENTON, Wash. -- When the three-day rookie minicamp ended Sunday, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had some positive things to say about several of the team’s draft choices, along with a couple of free-agent signees.

Here are some of the players he singled out:

Defensive end Cassius Marsh, fourth-round pick from UCLA: “He was by far the most active guy out there. He came in here in great shape and was really flying the whole time. He never showed any signs at all of wearing down. He’s very active and a very instinctive football player. It’s pretty exciting. The role that we’ve talked about for him to be kind of like Michael Bennett, it looks like that might have a chance.”

Quarterback Keith Price, free-agent signee from Washington: “He looks like he could help us. He did really well. It was like he’s been around longer than he has. He’s very comfortable in the pocket and very natural quarterback. He moved very well. He made a lot of big throws and threw the ball downfield really well.”

Offensive tackle Garry Gilliam, a free-agent signee from Penn State: “He’s an extraordinary athlete. He was a tight end [earlier in his career] and has really good mobility and quickness. He’s well balanced. He did very well [at left tackle Sunday] and that’s a real plus for us. We need more competition there.”

Offensive tackle Justin Britt, a second-round pick from Missouri: “I think he will jump right into the competition [at right tackle] just like we have planned and be right there with Michael [Bowie] battling it out. He picked everything up and is very well prepared technique-wise. He moves well off the line. It’s going to take some time, but he won’t have any trouble learning. He’s a real serious, mature kid.”

Fullback Kiero Small, a seventh-round pick from Arkansas: “He’s a legit fullback and loves the position. He’s a tough guy and he can catch the ball really well. Hopefully, he will be a real factor on special teams, as well.”

Three draft picks did not practice Sunday: wide receiver Paul Richardson, outside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and offensive tackle Garrett Scott, who still hasn’t passed his physical.

Carroll said Richardson has a sore shoulder from a collision in Friday’s practice, but would be fine in a couple of days. Pierre-Louis has a slight groin pull, but Carroll liked what he saw from him the first two days.

“He’s very fast and a really good accelerator,” Carroll said of Pierre-Louis. “His instincts are good and he’s a natural athlete. He’s a very bright kid and conscientious. Special teams will be a big area for him.”

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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