The Seattle Seahawks returned to the practice field Sunday morning for the first time since last Thursdays 18 to 11 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. While the players had the weekend off, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and his staff reviewed game tape and the head man came away with more positives than negatives regarding the play of his offensive line.
“We ran the ball really well again, so that’s two weeks of going out and really working the line of scrimmage and getting the running game going. We probably averaged almost five and a half yards a carry in the first two games.
It was very consistent and solid. Pass-protection wise, we liked what happened the first week, and there’s almost a storyline for every one of the sacks that we had, that it’s pretty clear and obvious what happened.
We’re better, and we’re going to be better. I don’t like the (sack) numbers that hit us last week—we have to work together. There are really obviously reasons for what happened, so hopefully we’ll make good progress against another good group, a group that really attacks the line of scrimmage this week and see if we can keep getting better.”
The Seahawks gave up six sacks but managed to rush for 187 yards in the loss. The play of the offensive line continues to be the point of focus given the offseason changes in the unit. After two games, the Seahawks have started Justin Britt at center, Germain Ifedi at right guard, Garry Gilliam at right tackle, Bradley Sowell at left tackle and Mark Glowinski at left guard.
Seattle running back Thomas Rawls participated in full team drills and the inclusion of the teams leading rusher in 2015 back on the practice was another positive sign Rawls will be healthy for the teams September 11th regular season opener.
“Looks really good. The signs are very, very positive that he’s going to be ready in a couple of weeks to play. ” Said Caroll. “Right now we just want to see him come back day after day and keep battling, really digging in like he does, competing like he does just show that he’s right. He’s doing everything we’re asking of him. I’m really happy with him.”
The Seahawks announced the release of fullback Jonathan Amosa and the signing of fullback Will Tukuafu. Tukuafu spent his first four seasons in San Francisco before signing with the Seahawks in 2014. He has appeared in 23 games with Seattle over the past two seasons, starting three. Amosa signed with Seattle on August 6.