RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks were back at it Thursday after a day off. Here's what stood out.
Chris Carson continues to impress.
The rookie running back out of Oklahoma State had a great day on Tuesday and followed it up with another strong practice Thursday. Blitz pickup is something that rookies typically struggle with. But that was not the case with Carson.
During one drill early in practice, he got matched up with veteran linebacker Michael Wilhoite on multiple occasions and stoned him. Later during practice, Carson had a big run.
"Well, uh, he's looked pretty good. He's looked pretty good," coach Pete Carroll said. "Last practice, he had an excellent finish to the practice -- that last four carries, he was ripping. He had a couple big runs today again.
"I'm really excited about this guy. Really have high hopes for him. We'll see how he does. We're just getting started. He's a very physical runner in the style that we like. You can't tell all of that here because we're not finishing the runs with tackling. But I know it's in his background, and we keep chirping at him, and we'll see it happen when the time comes. We might have a really competitive guy at that spot."
Physically, Carson looks the part. He's a player to watch in the preseason. To make the roster, he'll likely have to beat out Alex Collins.
Trevone Boykin struggled.
I asked Carroll if he's seeing the kind of progress from Boykin that he'd like, and his response spoke volumes.
"I can't tell you, can't tell you," Carroll said. "He just got started. I don't know that yet."
For the always positive Carroll, that's about as negative as it gets.
And Austin Davis hasn't been any better.
After Russell Wilson suffered three different injuries last year, it seemed likely that the Seahawks would upgrade their backup QB situation. But with the opener a little more than a month away, that doesn't appear to be the case.
There were multiple fights.
Early on during team drills, Germain Ifedi and Frank Clark exchanged shoves, but it was nothing more than that. But later, during one-on-ones between offensive and defensive linemen, things got extremely chippy.
During one rep, Will Pericak appeared to shove defensive tackle Rodney Coe from behind. Coe didn't appreciate that and slung Pericak into a water cooler. That led to Rees Odhiambo and others getting involved in an all-out melee.
After a few minutes, it appeared that everyone had calmed down, but that was not the case. Ifedi was chirping with Cliff Avril and Clark. Clark ended up punching Ifedi (who wasn't wearing his helmet) in the face, and Ifedi went to the ground, sparking another fight.
Clark was ejected from practice. Ifedi was tended to by the training staff and taken inside.
Defensive coordinator Kris Richard was as fired up as anyone on the field. He is more than willing to demonstrate how he wants players to tackle, constantly stressing to them to wrap and squeeze. Before one drill, he was getting Marcel Reece hyped and nearly head-butted the fullback before remembering that he didn't have a helmet on and Reece did. ... During the blitz pickup drills mentioned above, no one could handle Bobby Wagner. He was great rushing the quarterback last year, and expect that to be the case once again. New linebacker D.J. Alexander also got the better of Eddie Lacy during the drill. ... Thomas Rawls continues to play with a lot of energy and had a couple of nice runs. ... During one-on-ones, Jarran Reed got the best of Rees Odhiambo. ... After a couple of strong days, Blair Walsh missed an extra point and a field goal from 40-plus. ... Doug Baldwin beat Richard Sherman on a corner route. He spun the ball toward fans, stood on the sideline, stared at K.J. Wright and started dancing. Quite the performance from the veteran wide receiver.