Third-year QB Seneca Wallace continues to run with the first team offense while starting QB Matt Hasselbeck deals with a death in the family. He has looked solid running the offense and it appears the game has started to slow down for him.
“Hopefully we’ll see (Wallace) get a lot of action in preseason,” play-by-play man Steve Raible told the team’s official website. “He’s a guy who could have a breakthrough year.”
With Darrell Jackson missing from camp, Bobby Engram is the only wideout on the field who has seen regular time in the offense. Free agents Joe Jurevicius and Jerome Pathon both are working through their new playbook, although the Tacoma News Tribune’s Mike Sando reports that Pathon needs to get in better condition.
“At the receiver position I’m getting some questions answered in my own mind anyway,” head coach Mike Holmgren said. “We’re giving the new guys some time. We’re getting the Jerheme Urbans and Taco Wallaces, guys who can contribute, actually guys who have contributed some reps and chances to make plays.”
In an exclusive interview with Seahawks.NET, Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said that Engram will be the regular starter at the split end position opposite Jackson. Many had surmised that either Jurevicius or Pathon would get that spot, but Holmgren named his veteran slot receiver as the starter.
During the offseason the Seahawks did their best to address the secondary, acquiring both CB Andre Dyson and CB Kelly Herndon in free agency. Dyson told the team’s official website that he is getting accustomed to his new team.
“Yeah I’m getting a little familiar with it,” Dyson said. “Getting better knowing the system and all the players and getting to know Seattle as a whole.
“(The defense) is a lot easier than the system I came from. The system I came from had a lot of checks and different defenses. Here we just play and beat the person in front of you. Just go out there and play hard nosed defense.”
When asked what he thought of the simplified defense, Dyson said that defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes’ scheme is exactly what he prefers. “I like to just go out there and play,” the four-year veteran said. “No tricks, no gadgets. You just go out there and you have the man in front of you and you just beat him.”
Mirroring Dyson’s every move is All-NFL Europe CB B.J. Tucker who just last week won the World Bowl with the Amsterdam Admirals. Now he’s fighting for a job in the Seahawks’ secondary.
“Going over there was about getting my feet wet again,” a smiling Tucker said. “Last year I didn’t see any time with the Seahawks. I was glad they allocated me there so I could get a little bit of playing experience.
“We won the championship while I was doing that and now it’s all about coming back here and winning a spot.”
Tucker is battling Kris Richard, Michael Harden and Kevin House for the fourth corner spot and with his play in NFL Europe he definitely has a chance to stick on the 53-man roster.
Scott Eklund writes and reports for Seahawks.NET and Dawgman.com. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.