Whether it was Thomas Rawls running in the open field, or Doug Baldwin hauling in a one-handed grab with Richard Sherman in coverage—OK, it was after the whistle, but still awfully impressive—or players dancing and playing air guitar between plays, the 2,444 fans in attendance on Day 1 of Seahawks training camp were fired up to see their team back in action.
So too was Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who got to work with his team for the first time since offseason workouts wrapped up in mid-June.
“It’s really fun to be back,” Carroll said. “Nice to see all the 12s coming out, families showing up and all of that. It’s just exciting and fun to get going. We had a really first day like we had hoped, and off we go.”
With Day 1 of camp in the books, here’s a look at seven things that stood out in Sunday’s practice: Read
1. Fans saw a different format in Sunday’s practice.
The Seahawks changed things up a bit during offseason workouts, formatting walkthroughs and practices slightly differently than they had in the past to get the most out of the non-contact workouts, and with the first-couple days of camp being no-pad practices, the Seahawks stuck to that format Sunday. That meant the first 45-minutes of practice or so took place without helmets, then the team put on helmets and broke into position drills before finishing with another session of 11 on 11 work.
“Really you saw what we were doing in OTA season,” Carroll said. “We switched the way we’ve done things, it was really successful for us during the spring, so we carried it right over and did exactly the same format here.”
2. The Seahawks will tinker with the offensive line.
Eventually the Seahawks will settle on a preferred starting five with the offensive line, but early in camp, they won’t be afraid to look at different combinations. That was clear on Day 1 of camp, with players frequently rotating in and out, creating several different first-team looks, all of which…