During the final day of minicamp, offensive tackle Walter Jones ran wind sprints and worked out of a…
Jones talks about upcoming season
"It's coming along," Jones said while speaking with KIRO 710 AM's John Clayton on Saturday. "You have your good days and your bad days, but with two weeks left I feel pretty good going into training camp.
"It was tough. With my age and amount of football I've played I knew that was going to be tough, I've been through rehab before, but I knew this was going to be a long and tiresome rehab so I just went on and did it and I just tried to stay focused, tried to look at the big picture.
"It's coming along just fine. I think everybody understands and knows that this is a long process. I'm just starting to get into the football part of it, doing stuff to get me ready for training camp, and I can use training camp to get more in shape, but going into training camp I feel pretty good about being able to get ready.
"I have to be smart about what I want to do out there. I'm not going to go out there just to be out there. I'm not going to go out there with a limp or if I'm feeling bad. I'm going to be honest about the whole situation once I get out on the football field."
He's approaching the end of a Hall-of-Fame career, but he said he's just taking it a year at a time.
"Once I got to 10 years I said I was going to take it one year at a time and I think that's helped me out by just being ready for that one year," Jones said. "I just pray that I can get through this season and be healthy and then I can sit down and make a good decision saying ‘do I want my body to go through this again?'. Every year I make that decision because it's a tough season and what I went through last year was even tougher so you still have to sit down and weigh your options.
"I talk to my wife and I talk to the trainers all the time, I've played a lot of football and it's been great. I thank God that I came to the reality that there's only a couple of years left and I've come to the reality that things have gone great and I'll be ready for the next chapter, whatever that is."
Jones and his fellow linemen are looking to rebound from a season where the Seahawks finished 19th in rushing with 110 yards per game while surrendering 36 sacks.
"Those guys are ready," Jones said when asked about Sean Locklear, Rob Sims and Ray Willis. "All you need is some playing time and those guys have had the playing time and they've proven they can go out there and play at a high level so all they have to do is put it all out on the field and see what happens and I think I'm ready to see what happens. Those guys have been in enough now to get things done that will make this town happy.
"I think what happened last year, it was a bad situation, but I think it was great for the young guys. From that standpoint, if things like that happen again, now you feel comfortable with the guys and you feel comfortable that they will be able to perform and win games because those guys have got those games under their belt so they should be able to go out and not think about it and just play."
One thing helping the job of the linemen is the new zone-blocking scheme being implemented by offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and offensive line coach Mike Solari as well as the running style of Julius Jones.
"It's a lot different than what we used to do with coach Holmgren, but I still think we have to be accountable for what we do out there, but everybody is protecting everybody, Jones noted. "The backs are reading two blocks and once those guys make the decision where to go and they go, then that should make things easier for us.
"You just want to get the (defense) on the ground and let the running backs make plays and make us look even greater. "I like the way (Jones) just hits the hole. There's no hesitation and I think he's going to be great in this zone. He won't wait, he'll make one cut and go and that will be great for us. It's just a matter of us going out there and doing our job and making it easier for him.
Jones along with Orlando Pace and Jonathan Ogden formed a triad of the best left tackles ever to play in the NFL, but the man who has held down the left side of Seattle's line since his rookie season in 1997 said he never thought he would enjoy the success he has had.
"When you're in college and in high school you never think about playing this long, you just want to get your foot in the door," Jones said. "When I came out I was just like ‘I want to do this just to get here' and just to say I played in the NFL and for my career, to play in the same city this long it's been fun."
And for Seahawks fans, as well as quarterbacks, that decade-plus of having Jones at left tackle has been fun to watch as well.
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