Players and Positions

In a rarity, the Seahawks opened training camp with every drafted rookie signed and on the field. <br><br>Coach Mike Holmgren credits team vice president Mike Reinfeldt with that accomplishment. <br><br>"Mike Reinfeldt should receive all the credit for that because he does all the contracts. You look around the league and see the teams that don't have the guys in. We kind of established over last few years how we were going to do that with the rookies. I think the agents know that now."

Such has not always been the case, as the Hawks have always pressed for five-year rookie contracts with their high picks.

"It was painful at times the last couple years, but this year everyone kind of knew we're fair with the money and all those kind of things," Holmgren said. "We're going to do the right thing, we just need certain length of contracts for our rookies. They understood that and Mike did a great job and worked very hard to get it done and he should receive a lot of credit for doing that. It's a good feeling for a coach. I'll buy him lemonade the next time I see him."

The Hawks also added veteran punter Tom Rouen shortly before the start of camp to compete with Rodney Williams for the job.

A difficult late release, however, was right tackle Chris McIntosh, a first-round pick in 2000. McIntosh has had problem with neck stingers almost since he joined the team. Recurrent problems allowed him to play in only 24 games in three seasons with the team.

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Tight end. A high ankle sprain last season caused rookie Jerramy Stevens to miss playing time and delay his expected elevation to starter at the position. In his absence, veteran Itula Mili had his most productive season. Stevens has had off-field legal problems this off-season, and surely is motivated to make his value to the team felt on the field.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Although this point will be irrelevant once Walter Jones shows up, somebody is going to have to play at left tackle in his absence. Veteran free agent Michael Thompson was brought in as insurance against Jones' hold out, but Floyd Womack will get a look there, as will surprisingly strong rookie Wayne Hunter.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck showed up stronger and fitter than he's ever been. His confidence with the offense and his receiving corps is obvious.

ROOKIE REPORT: The biggest thing is that all of them are in camp. First-rounder Marcus Trufant has made an early impression with his coverage skills and closing speed at cornerback. Safety Ken Hamlin is a big hitter who likely will work into the rotation.

INJURY REPORT: The most pressing concerns are on the defensive side as linebacker Chad Brown (foot surgery) and end Lamar King (knee surgery) will be eased back into action when camp is under way a week or two. Defensive end Brandon Mitchell, who has problems with muscle pulls in his legs, is also being given light duty early. Quarterback Trent Dilfer is reportedly fully healed after Achilles surgery, and will be allowed to slowly play his way back into condition.

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