- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
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RENTON, Wash. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the Seattle Seahawks training camp:
The play of the day came when quarterback Russell Wilson caught a pass. The trick play started with a fake handoff before Wilson gave the ball to wide receiver Phil Bates on a reverse to the right. Wilson kept running into the left flat when Bates stopped in the backfield, turned and threw a nice pass to Wilson, who made the catch near the sideline past linebacker Mike Morgan.
It’s only the second day, but it appears the starting job at right offensive tackle is Justin Britt’s to lose. The rookie from Missouri is expected to battle Michael Bowie for the starting spot, but Bowie isn’t practicing because of a shoulder injury. Britt is taking all the first-team snaps and coach Pete Carroll praised him on Friday. Carroll even mentioned Wally Pipp in reference to Bowie. Pipp is the former New York Yankees first baseman who left a game because of a headache and was replaced by Lou Gehrig, who went on to play in 2,130 consecutive games.
Receiver Jermaine Kearse got a second chance at a great play Saturday. Early in practice, Kearse made an outstanding catch diving backwards on a deep sideline throw, but was flagged for offensive interference when the official said he pushed off. Near the end of practice, he got behind cornerback A.J. Jefferson on another deep sideline throw from Wilson and made a similar catch, but that one counted.
Left guard James Carpenter doesn’t look like the same player as one year ago, and that’s a good thing. Carpenter is slimmer, faster and healthier than he ever has been since coming to the Seahawks as a first-round draft choice in 2011. During Saturday’s practice, Carroll and offensive line coach Tom Cable made a point to come up and praise Carpenter for a pulling block he threw that enabled running back Christine Michael to get around the end on a sweep.
Safety Jeron Johnson, who missed most of last season with hamstring injuries in both legs, is healthy again and it shows. He had an interception Saturday when he pulled a short pass over the middle away from running back Robert Turbin. Johnson is playing strong safety with the first-team defense until Kam Chancellor returns from offseason hip surgery.