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Seahawks training camp: Highs and lows

8/14/2014

RENTON, Wash. -- Training camp ended Wednesday for the Seattle Seahawks. Here's a look and some of the high and lows of the last there weeks:

Biggest surprise -- Middle linebacker Brock Coyle, an undrafted rookie for Montana. He's as tough as they come and great football smarts and instincts. He's gotten a chance to play a lot because starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner has been out with a hamstring injury. No one is going to unseat Wagner, but Coyle (6-foot-1, 245 pounds) has proven he can be a quality backup and a strong special teams contributor.

Biggest disappointment -- Wide receiver Chris Matthews. Everyone had high hopes Matthews could come in and be the big-body receiver the Seahawks needed, but Matthews just hasn't done anything to stand out, other than being big at 6-5, 220. He was the CFL Rookie of the Year in 2012, but doesn't look worthy of a roster spot for the Seahawks.

Saddest moment -- Seeing tight end Anthony McCoy go down with another torn Achilles tendon. McCoy missed all last season after surgery to repair an Achilles tear, but he tore the other Achilles tendon on the fourth day of training camp.

Scariest moment -- When Percy Harvin went down and grabbed his ankle in obvious pain after catching a hitch pass in practice Tuesday. It was the last day of the public being at camp, and you could hear the gasps from the crowd, some of whom probably thought about Harvin's long-suffering 2013 season with his hip injury. Fortunately, Harvin was OK. He got spiked on his heel and suffered a cut, but he was back practicing full speed on Wednesday.

Roster shocker -- The Seahawks did a waived/injured move on offensive tackle Michael Bowie, hoping to re-sign him after he cleared waivers. That didn't happen. The Cleveland Browns claimed him, even though they knew it was likely he would need season-ending shoulder surgery. However, the Seahawks weren't happy with the fact that Bowie came to camp out of shape and overweight when he was expected to compete with rookie Justin Britt for the starting job at right tackle.

Telling quote -- Quarterback Terrelle Pryor hates it when anyone asks him if he might play another position or line up as a receiver sometimes, since he's 6-4, 235 pounds and runs a 4.4 40. "I can't catch," Pryor said. "I'm either going to make it as a quarterback in the NFL or I'm not going to make it."

Best compromise -- Running back Marshawn Lynch finally agreeing to the offer by the Seahawks and ending his eight-day camp holdout. Lynch wanted more money up front in the third year of his four-year, $30 million deal. He accepted Seattle's original offer from May, which was $1 million in 2014 bonus incentives to be guaranteed, along with $500,000 from his 2015 salary. It upped his 2014 base from $5 million to $6.5, million, but Lynch wanted $5 million more, basically his entire 2015 salary. Lynch realizes he's a likely salary-cap casualty after this season.

Best show of force -- The U.S. Marines with an impressive drill over Lake Washington when four helicopters hovered over the water and one dropped divers into the lake. It happened to be the same day that Lynch ended his holdout, so quarterback Russell Wilson asked, "Did they drop off Marshawn?"

Most tattoos -- It has to be the big Aussie, defensive tackle Jesse Williams. But rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh is a close second with the most colorful arms on the team.

Most improved -- Second-year running back Christine Michael, who is doing all the little things right that he didn't do as a rookie. Michael has matured on and off the field. He is making the right reads on his runs and making the blocks he need to make in pass protection.