Seahawks Mini-Camp: Day Four

Seattle concluded the fourth of their eight mini-camp workouts on Thursday. On the field they worked on special teams, but off the field the club also made an announcement concerning the team's season ticket base and what they expect from fans this fall.

"Today we announced that we've achieved 61,000 season tickets," Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke told the team's official website. "Our intent is to cap our season tickets at that number, but what it really means is that again our stadium will be full and full with Seahawks fans and we're really proud of that.

"We believe that's the highest number in team history. Certainly it's a dramatic increase from where we were a few years ago."

On the field, the Seahawks continued with their passing camp working on routes with the receivers, tight ends and running backs, protection packages with their line and reads with their quarterbacks. The defense continued their dominant ways, but the offense has made progress from the first day when the defense looked like they were 10 steps ahead of the offense.

The return and coverage units are also getting work and special teams coach Bob Casullo said he believes the team is ahead of where they were last year.

"I like to say compliment each other rather than compete against each other," Casullo said. "Peter Warrick's done it obviously, Keenan Howry's done it in the NFL, so that's a good addition to have, and we've got some young guys here who are trying their hand at it and their pretty sure-handed and they have some abilities."

"First we want to make sure we have enough guys back there who are capable of catching the ball and we figure we've got at least four guys who can do it, which puts us ahead of last year at this time when we didn't even really have one. We're going to work on the punt game next week in earnest, putting up some schemes, putting up some blocking and get these guys to run some returns, but we're pleased with the progress so far."

One candidate is relishing his chance to make a contribution to the team.

"I love punt returning," WR Peter Warrick said. "I've been doing this since I was yeah-big. I think being a great punt-returner will help our offense out a whole lot. Like the year that Dante Hall had all those yards (the Kansas City Chiefs) offense was number one and when you have a great punt-returner and great special teams you don't have to go too far and with our offense we've got Shaun (Alexander) and Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram and those guys…it's going to be great.

"If you have good field-position, with our offense, there's no telling how far you can go."

The Seahawks will resume their workouts on Monday at the team's Kirkland headquarters.

Wallace to be northwest version of "Slash"?

On Wednesday, Adam Schefter of the NFL Network reported something the Seahawks' faithful already suspected - Seattle is looking for more ways to get QB Seneca Wallace on the field. Wallace, a fourth-year player from Iowa State, is a potentially dynamic receiver, as he showed in the Seahawks' 34-14 victory over Carolina in the NFC Championship game.

Wallace caught a perfectly-thrown rainbow from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck over cornerback Ken Lucas with six minutes left in the first quarter. The 28-yard gain set up Seattle's first touchdown, as Hasselbeck threw to TE Jerramy Stevens for a 17-yard score on the next play.

Right now, the problem is that Wallace is the first option behind Hasselbeck. If the Seahawks can acquire a veteran quarterback (Kerry Collins and Jay Fiedler are the two most viable free agent options) to fill that backup slot, they might very well be less hesitant to use Wallace more in the offensive gameplan.

In 2005, Wallace played in seven games, throwing for 173 yards, one touchdown and one interception – mostly at the end of games, as Hasselbeck's health was excellent. But the specter of his physical gifts remain – he has been mentioned by several observers as the team's best athlete, regardless of position – and the Seahawks want to use that on the field.

Whether it causes the team to develop Wallace more as a quarterback or as a multi-position threat remains to be seen.

Drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round in 2003, Wallace re-signed with Seattle on April 26. He had been a restricted free agent.


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