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Rookie Germain Ifedi, Michael Bennett mix it up at Seahawks practice

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First-round pick Germain Ifedi and defensive end Michael Bennett went at it during Monday's practice. From Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com:

During one-on-one pass-blocking drills, rookie guard Germain Ifedi and defensive end Michael Bennett -- both Texas A&M alums -- got into what defensive end Cliff Avril deemed a "little scuffle" after Ifedi, the team's first-round pick, stood up the 2016 Pro Bowler and both players declined to disengage on the whistle. Ifedi eventually steered Bennett into a group of offensive linemen watching the drill, which prompted Bennett's defensive line teammates to come to his defense.

After things calmed down, the pair matched up again, which led to more jawing, primarily from Bennett.


Danny O'Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle translates Pete Carroll's comments on Kam Chancellor:

What Carroll said: "He’s here. He’s here every day working. He’s just around. He is a leader. He is the leader, and so he’s available for guys. I think whether he sat down and talked one-on-one, I think his message is very clear with these guys right now."

What Carroll meant: He didn’t need to say a word. Everyone saw Chancellor hold out last year. Everyone knows his contract hasn’t changed. Everyone saw him back at work now and throughout this offseason, which kind of speaks for itself. He doesn’t need to sit everyone down and explain it. Everyone sees it.


Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times shares practice observations:

Monday marked the first day for the Seahawks in shoulder pads, which meant an increase in hitting. That also means for the young players learning how to practice when the pads go on. Teams want to see hitting, but they also don’t want to see anyone get hurt, and what they really don’t want to see are players on the ground. Doug Baldwin helped reinforce that point to rookie safety Tyvis Powell late in practice when Powell hit Alex Collins and then carried on with the hit enough that Collins was essentially tackled to the ground. “Stay up," Baldwin yelled. “Keep him up.’’