RENTON – After a day off Sunday, the Seahawks were back to work at the VMAC Monday. They were again in helmets and shells. But the pads will be popping on Tuesday as NFL teams will be allowed to get into full gear and engage in full contact for the first time.
And that’s when the team will start to get an even clearer picture of some of the key position battles and the overall composition of the team.
As for Monday, here are some observations from beat writers Adam Jude and Bob Condotta.
First, three from Jude:
Give Tre Flowers and Quandre Diggs each a hand for the play of the day.
Flowers wasn’t fooled by a trick play from the offense in the red zone. The fourth-year cornerback stuck tight to DK Metcalf in the end zone, then turned around just in time to tip a Russell Wilson pass in the air.
From there, Diggs came flying into the picture to make a diving, one-handed interception in the back of the end zone.
“What a fantastic play by everybody down there,” coach Pete Carroll said later.
Jamal Adams update
As his representatives continue to negotiate a new contract with the team, Jamal Adams continued his non-holdout holdout Monday.
The two sides are working on a deal that is expected to make Adams the highest-paid safety in the NFL. And while the final details of the deal are negotiated, Adams has been watching practices from the sideline.
He has, however, remained engaged during team meetings and activities behind the scenes.
“When it comes it comes time to talk ball, Jamal is still Jamal, man. That man is crazy. We all know that,” safety Ugo Amadi said. “He’s still a good dude and I can’t wait for him to get back out here.”
One player who has caught Metcalf’s eye so far in training camp?
“Alex Collins is going to be a monster,” the star receiver said, adding: “Our running back room is stacked.”
Collins spent most of 2020 on the Seahawks’ practice squad, but was called upon late last season when injuries hit the running-back room. He finished with 77 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 18 carries, including a key score that helped close out the Week 17 win over the 49ers.
He’s now pushing Rashaad Penny for backup carries behind Chris Carson.
And three from Condotta:
Damarious Randall states his case
Seventh-year veteran Damarious Randall is one of the more interesting candidates in the crowded cornerback competition, a former first-round pick in 2015 of the Packers who has 14 career interceptions in the regular season.
Randall had one of two interceptions of Wilson on Monday — the first two interceptions Wilson has thrown in camp.
Randall’s came in a 7-on-7 drill when he jumped a quick out route and took it to the house for a pick six.
The play caught Carroll’s eye. So did what Randall said later.
“I went to him and asked him how he did it and what he saw and all that and his explanation was perfect,’’ Carroll said. “He took a shot and made a great play.’’
Randall has been playing left cornerback, alternating days with the starting unit with Ahkello Witherspoon. Witherspoon has also had a really good start to camp and remains the presumptive starter at the LCB spot, which has been held the last three years by Shaquill Griffin. But Randall, who played safety for Seattle last year, is showing he may be in the competition for the long haul.
Another decent day for the defense
The picks by Randall and Diggs typified what was another solid day for the defense.
Practice ended with four 11-on-11 sessions in what were “quick change’’ situations — meaning both the offense and the defense suddenly had to go on the field at a specific yard line as if a turnover had just occurred.
The offense did not score a TD on any of the possessions even though two began in scoring position, with the Diggs’ interception killing one drive and the others resulting in field goal attempts.
Witherspoon helped stop one of the other drives by batting down a pass of Geno Smith’s and another ended with a third-down sack of Wilson in the red zone. The last one ended when backup safety Josh Moon batted down a pass of Alex McGough, also in the red zone.
Colby Parkinson has big day
Colby Parkinson, a second-year tight end out of Stanford who saw almost no action last year after suffering a foot injury in the offseason, had maybe the biggest day of any offensive player, catching two TD passes from Smith, and also snaring another pass from Smith for a long gain in the aforementioned late team session.
One of Parkinson’s TDs came in a 7-on-7 session when he caught a pass down the middle despite being blanked by Ben Burr-Kirven in coverage.
“He’s a very good target,’’ Carroll said of the 6-7 Parkinson. “Obviously he’s so tall. But he’s got great hand, too.’’