Minicamp Report - Day Seven

Once again, the football gods shone down on the Seahawks with sunny skies, as the players took the field for a brisk 105-minute Wednesday workout. One player returning to the fold was starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who had missed the first two workouts this week due to a death in the family.

Hasselbeck returned to take his rightful place under center with the first team, but said that his missed time was valuable for some of the younger quarterbacks on the team.

“When I was a rookie, I didn’t get any snaps,” Hasselbeck told the team’s official website. “I was just telling guys today about (former Seahawk QB) Josh Booty, just the timing of it, when he got drafted here we had all young quarterbacks. So I think in his entire time here he got less than ten snaps in minicamp and training camp. He just didn’t get any snaps.

“Now…you’ve got Brian Wrobel getting a lot of reps; David Greene getting a lot of reps; Seneca (Wallace) taking reps with the first unit. It’s really valuable experience and coaching and attention they’re getting. It’s really helped them improve quicker than they otherwise would.”

Echoing what his starting quarterback said, head coach Mike Holmgren told the Tacoma News Tribune’s Mike Sando that he isn’t ruling out signing a veteran quarterback for security reasons, but it isn’t as necessary as he once thought it was.

"Right now I am feeling more comfortable with (no veteran) every day," Holmgren said. "Is it my ideal situation? No."

Wallace continues to impress the staff with his grasp of the offense, completing a nice pass that WR Joe Jurevicius caught for a touchdown.

Speaking of the wideouts, Holmgren noted that he has noticed fewer drops this year after suffering through several years of dropped passes.

“It has been a point of emphasis for us because it’s hurt us the last two years," Holmgren said to the team’s official website. "When we broke it down and analyzed the film on every drop, the vast majority of what happens is they take their eyes off the football and start to run with it. They don’t have bad hands, it’s just that they don’t concentrate enough and get it in before they turn.”

In an exclusive interview with Seahawks.NET, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Clare Farnsworth noted that Jurevicius, Pathon and Engram haven’t dropped a pass in any of the workouts and Sando noted in his blog that the only passes dropped one day were from a fullback, running back and a tight end.

The defensive line also has been a focus as several players who are new to the team are working their way into shape. DE Bryce Fisher and DT Chartric Darby continue to work their way into the line rotation, but one player who will be entering his fourth year with the team is DT Rocky Bernard, who said that he and his linemates are ready to prove how good they really are.

“I think this is one of the most talented (lines) we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Bernard told the team’s official website. “I think we’re going to go out this year and really prove that we’re a good defensive line. You know…go out and help this defense a lot.”

Second-year DT Marcus Tubbs continues to impress with his strength and determination. He is running well and seems to be asserting himself more than he did last season. That is good news for the Hawks.

Two free agents were brought in today to work out with the team for the first time. TE Brock Edwards and OT William Henry ran through drills after signing free agent contracts yesterday. Edwards just completed the NFL Europe season with the Frankfurt Galaxy, where he caught 17 passes for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. Henry was originally signed by Atlanta in 2004. Both players will count as extra NFLE roster exemptions until the end of training camp.

For those headed to Cheney, WA for the kickoff of training camp: While the players will be reporting on the 26th (rookies) and 28th (veterans) of July, the first full-squad workout will be on Friday July 29th at 8:45 a.m.

Scott Eklund writes and reports for Seahawks.NET and Dawgman.com. Feel free to contact him at sctthawk@yahoo.com.

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