Minicamp Report - Day Eight

Thursday marked the end of team-conducted workouts before training camp starts late next month. Starting tomorrow, players, coaches and staff will have about six weeks to get in as much family time as they can before the grind of the long football season gets underway.

At today’s workout, the Hawks ran through drills a little earlier than normal and finished up strong with the wideouts taking some of the biggest strides over the course of the two weeks.

“I’m happy, very happy,” wide receivers coach Nolan Cromwell told the team’s official site. “The competition (the receivers) brought was super. I also liked their concentration and work ethic.

“It’ll be nice to get to camp and get the pads on and see where we are then.”

It was yet another day for backup QB Seneca Wallace to shine, taking snaps with the second unit. He would have to be considered the star of this minicamp as he showed improved knowledge of the offensive system and an increased ability to read defenses.

“(This camp) has been really important for me, especially with Matt (Hasselbeck) being gone for two days of camp,” Wallace said. “It was just coming out here and showing the coaches I can be the number two guy so that if Matt goes down there’s no let-off, knowing I can make the correct throws and the correct reads.

“If I stay here and keep improving and working hard and staying up here with the receivers and doing those things – that’s just a plus. I want to show the coaches that I’m striving to be the go-to guy.”

Only three players missed the entire camp.

G Chris Gray was excused for family matters, RB Shaun Alexander hasn’t signed his franchise tender offer yet, and WR Darrell Jackson got the distinction as the only no-show. Jackson’s absence is tied to his unhappiness with his current contract, but he has vowed to show up for training camp. Given the “voluntary” nature of this camp, Jackson can not yet be termed a holdout, although his situation is cause for some concern.

Now the team will prepare to head to Cheney to get ready for the regular season, which kicks off on September 11th in Jacksonville.

Perhaps the most notable aspect of today’s camp was the end of the tenure of Clare Farnsworth as a beat writer for the Seahawks. Currently with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Farnsworth has been writing about the Seahawks for 27 years. Although he will continue to provide expert analysis about the team, Farnsworth’s duties have expanded to include coverage of the WNBA Champion Seattle Storm and the upcoming Olympics.

Clare has been a friend to Seahawks.NET for many years, and we wish him all the best as he begins a new chapter in his distinguished career.

Scott Eklund writes and reports for Seahawks.NET and Feel free to contact him at Top Stories