12 Takeaways from the Minicamp

Restricted to just one day to practice meant that there was plenty of action on the field Thursday as the Seahawks concluded this year's final minicamp before training camp begins six weeks from now. From a "new" starter at center to the young talent turning heads, SeahawkFootball.com has you covered with all of the details.

Only the most dedicated fans are paying attention to NFL minicamps during the summer, so appropriately enough, here are 12 quick takeaways to catch up the 12s.

12. No news on a new deal for Russell Wilson

Both Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll fielded questions following the practice but neither provided anything newsworthy as far as an update on contract negotiations to keep the young quarterback in Seattle for the long haul. Both expressed optimism that something would get done in the new six weeks but neither seemed to think that if something didn't get done prior to training camp that it would be a distraction.

11. Meanwhile, on the field, Wilson's comfort with Jimmy Graham is clear

It is impressive how quickly Wilson and Graham have developed chemistry. One particularly impressive hook-up resulted in a touchdown when Wilson sidearmed a dart to a sliding Graham, who had slipped by cornerback Cary Williams. Wilson threw some nice passes to the outside but was unable to connect on the few deep balls he attempted. He also took off on several runs, showing his trademark vision and mobility to rack up easy yards when it was given to him.

10. Recently resigned backup QB Tarvaris Jackson a "steadying force"

Jackson's familiarity with the offense and camaraderie with teammates was clear Thursday as he directed several scoring drives during scrimmages and was named MVP of the minicamp, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

9. Michael Bennett, Bruce Irvin, Cliff Avril practice.

Though it took Bennett a few extra minutes to get taped up and into the defensive line rotation, he did participate in Thursday's practice, demonstrating the quick burst that has made him so effective. Irvin and Avril also flashed. Irvin, in particular, looks motivated to have a big year. He's noticeably thicker in his upper body than in years past.

8. Thomas Rawls turning heads while "other" backs sit out.

Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael all attended the minicamp but didn't take any snaps. Turbin, of course, is recovering from surgery and it is common for Lynch to remain on the sidelines. Michael wanted to practice but the Seahawks elected to hold him out due to a tight hamstring, Carroll said. Taking full advantage of the opportunity is undrafted free agent Thomas Rawls, who caught my eye during the rookie minicamp. When asked about him, Carroll gushed. "I love his style of running," Carroll said. "He's a real head-knocker," Carroll said of the 5-09, 215 pound former Central Michigan star.

7. The Monstar makes an appearance.

The most positive sight of the day, of course, was seeing Jesse Williams walking around with his teammates. Carroll said that Williams has been given clearance by doctors to play football but that the club is, of course, taking its time with him. Williams was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and had a kidney removed just a few weeks ago. Williams did not practice but followed defensive line drills throughout the day.

6. Brandon Mebane appears well on his way to recovery.

Though he did not fully practice as he continues to heal from the torn quadriceps that ended his 2014 season abruptly, Mebane was seen working with trainers, running up and down the hill that fans often sit on during training camp practices. Mebane is expected to be back for training camp.

5. Earl Thomas attends but doesn't practice.

While DeShawn Shead has performed quite well in his place, the Legion of Boom isn't as formidable without their All-Pro free safety, who remains sidelined following his own off-season surgery. Thomas was nonetheless an enthusiastic participant, cheering on defensive teammates when they made big plays. Following practice Thomas met privately with new defensive coordinator Kris Richard for at least 45 minutes.

4. Cary Williams is the real deal.

I've been very impressed with how Williams seems to be acclimating to Seattle's scheme. He's not quite as physical in his initial jam at the line of scrimmage as the man he replaced, Bryon Maxwell, but he's a much more fluid athlete. He was beaten by Graham for a touchdown but was in excellent position and only was victimized due to a perfect throw from Wilson. Earlier in the day, Williams showed off his quickness and hand-eye coordination to slap away another potential touchdown toss from Wilson, which this time was directed to tight end Luke Willson.

3. Cassius Marsh joins Eric Pinkins among Seattle's "new" linebackers

Few teams are as willing to teach players new positions as Seattle and that is carrying over to linebacker, where Pinkins, a former safety and Marsh, previously "just a defensive lineman, took the majority of their snaps Thursday. Carroll was really excited about Pinkins' athleticism, commenting that the 6-3, 230 pounder from San Diego State is the club's "most improved player" and might "be the fastest linebacker in the NFL." Marsh showed impressive acceleration for a man of his size (6-4, 254 pounds) but Carroll noted that the second-year pro faces a "learning curve." Marsh seemed a little lost in coverage Thursday but his length and passionate play are intriguing in this role. Like Irvin, Marsh could be seen as a moveable chess piece capable of rushing as a LEO as well as handling strongside linebacker duties.

2. Rookies Frank Clark, Tyler Lockett flash.

Clark had opportunities to rush off the edge out of the two point (standing up) and three point stance, demonstrating the burst, bend and power that earned him Seattle's first selection. One particular play that stood out for Clark came when he perfectly timed the snap to slip under the reach of the right tackle and close on the quarterback for what would have been a sack. Lockett continues to impress as a short yardage threat dragging across the middle. He dropped one pass but otherwise showed good hands, the vision and agility to slither through linebackers and defensive backs dropping into zones and, of course, the trademark breakaway speed to pull away once the ball is in his hands.

1. Lemuel Jeanpierre returns as the "starting" center

The Seahawks continue to give four-year pro Drew Nowak a strong look at center but Jeanpierre was the man working with the 1s Thursday. Veteran Patrick Lewis and rookie Kristjan Sokoli also saw action in the middle. Without full pads, it is tough to evaluate offensive linemen but Jeanpierre and Lewis seemed to fare best and remain the favorites to win the job.

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