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Tying up loose ends before heading to Rams

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks finished their morning practice and the players were given a welcomed afternoon off, with the Sunday evening session being canceled.

The new coaching staff is working players harder this summer. Practices have been more physical, even if they aren't approaching what the Rams and 49ers are doing contact-wise. That was to be expected with a new staff taking over.

I'll have an in-depth Camp Confidential on the site Monday, consistent with the ones addressing the 49ers and Cardinals recently. Then it's off to St. Louis for a few days with the Rams.

A couple of notes from practice Sunday morning:

  • Receiver Deion Branch seemed to have benefited from resting his surgically repaired knee for a few days. He appeared natural and uninhibited in his movements. At one point, Branch bounced hard from left to right on both legs while juking a defender. Another time, he beat the coverage for a long touchdown pass up the left sideline.

  • No one can say what rookie Aaron Curry's contract will be worth. It's the nature of rookie deals. Teams seek protections in case the player disappoints. Players seek guarantees and a chance to maximize their value if they play well. The variance built into Curry's deal could conceivably be as much as $20 million depending on personal and team success.

  • Receiver Jordan Kent stood out in practice. He seems to make strides each summer as he learns to play a sport that wasn't his sole focus athletically before the NFL. Kent, a 6-foot-4 former long jumper, caught the ball at its highest point a couple of times Sunday. Too often in the past, Kent hasn't always used his height to full effect.

  • Cory Redding was back at practice after a couple days of rest. The team gave Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu the day off.

  • Players sometimes go at different speeds when they practice without pads, particularly in pass-rush drills. Defensive end Lawrence Jackson came after tackle Na'Shan Goddard after Goddard decked him during the drill. Teammates broke it up.

  • Still no sight of Walter Jones or Marcus Trufant on the practice field. Both have suffered from back issues.