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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Seahawks Scrimmage - QBs and WRs

QBs
Matt Hasselbeck hardly payed and Seneca Wallace looked about like normal - decent, but more of an athlete than a passer.

Charlie Frye was the QB worth noticing. Frye looked good, and like a real QB. That is impressive given what he was working with, but not surprising. He was a starter in Cleveland with a weak supporting cast. He is ready to play if need, so we will see Seneca Wallace doing a lot more than holding a clipboard.

WRs
As with Justin Forsett, too much has been made of Jordan Kent's performance. He beat Omare Lowe on a deep route at the end of the scrimmage and caught a beautifully thrown ball from Charlie Frye. Michael Bumpus had a better scrimmage and made a better play on his catch at the goalline of the north endzone.

Kent was lost throughout the scrimmage to that point, never getting open, running the wrong routes, and often getting singled out by the QB and coaches after plays to tell him what he was doing wrong. His speed is still exciting, but beating Lowe on a deep route isn't something that earns a roster spot. He wasn't even one of the guys practicing punt returns.

It was a shame Courtney Taylor was held out, but he, Ben Obomanu, and Logan Payne are the second unit. Payne and Obomanu looked like real NFL receivers and found the soft spots and holes in the defense to get open and make catches. Kent will get his chances will Payne sidelined due to his ribs, but don't expect anything to change.

Deion Branch was at practicing catch balls on one knee and standing on one foot, while the coaching staff pushed him in the back. It looked like Holmgren's comments about him being ready at the start of the season aren't too far off. I still think Week 2 or 3 is more realistic. He did lay down on the turf in some pain for about a minute when catching balls on one knee, but seemed OK after.

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