Training Camp: Holmgren talks about battles

Day two of training camp got underway at 8:45 this morning and, following a vigorous two-hour session, head coach Mike Holmgren spoke to the media in attendance about several subjects including the signing of first-round draft choice Kelly Jennings.

"I expect him to be on the practice field this afternoon," Holmgren told the assembled media. "He missed two days, and like I said yesterday, it's an amazing thing to me, but it happens. I'm glad he's in and we're counting on him this year. He's got to get going."

One player that Jennings will be battling for time with will be Kelly Herndon, who started seven games last season for the Seahawks.

"They all like to play and they want to play," Holmgren said referring to the battle for the starting position. "We'll have to see how they do. The one thing we try and be is very fair and honest with the players. Whoever emerges will be the starter.

"You have to go with the talented player, and certainly the player that earns it. We're not going to hand anybody anything. (Jennings) has got to earn it. We like his playing ability. Playing corner in the league is one of the tougher things you have to do."

One unit that seems to be set heading into camp is the linebacking corps, which features Lofa Tatupu in the middle, Leroy Hill on the weakside and Julian Peterson on the strongside. Hill and Tatupu had outstanding rookie seasons and with the addition of Peterson through free agency, Holmgren said he can't remember every coaching a better set.

"That is a good group, they push each other, they communicate with each other, they help each other. It's as strong a group of linebackers as I've ever had," Holmgren noted.

"The two young kids (Hill and Tatupu) who played last year played very well. That was very unusual, but they did it. And with the addition of Julian Peterson, (Isaiah) Kacyvenski, (Niko) Koutouvides and (Kevin) Bentley, it's a pretty deep group, it's a pretty talented group and they're smart."

Along the offensive line, the Seahawks added a talented player in Rob Sims in the sixth round of April's NFL Draft and Seahawks head man said he's happy with the young man's progress.

"I like Sims," Holmgren said. "I think he has a great attitude. He's physically strong enough. He was a very good player in college. An offensive lineman as a rookie is tough, but I like him. He moves well. He can pull. He can do all those things for a big guy. We didn't get to see him much because of the death in his family in our mini-camps. I think he will add to our offensive line."

Also adding to the offensive line is versatile Floyd Womack who was lost for most of last season to a torn triceps muscle early in training camp. He's recovered and is battling Tom Ashworth – a free agent from New England signed during the offseason – for the vacated left guard position that is looking for someone to step into former Seahawk Steve Hutchinson's big shoes.

"We're going to let them battle it out," Holmgren said about the battle Chop (Womack) can play the position. He has to stay healthy. He's going to get every chance to start there. It's his position if he stays healthy."

Another position undergoing a battle is for the fourth receiver spot. Two players (Peter Warrick and D.J. Hackett) seem to be the leading candidates to fill that position, but several others, including seventh-round draft choice Ben Obomanu, are also in the mix.

"That's a position, as it is every year, that's very competitive, and the best way to handle that is to let them play, and let them practice and see who falls," Holmgren said. "The experienced guys, of course, have the advantage. We use a lot of receivers. It's a pretty good group. It will be a tough decision when it comes down to it."

The Seahawks will continue their workouts this afternoon at Eastern Washington University. Top Stories