Home Gym – 6 Things We Learned From Pete Carroll’s Press Conference Following 2021 Seahawks Minicamp
3. Penny Hart “lit it up” in minicamp.
Receiver Penny Hart, who went undrafted in 2019, made his NFL debut last season and appeared in 13 games, primarily on special teams, and he’ll again be battling for a spot on the 53-man roster in training camp. And while roster spots aren’t won in a June minicamp, Hart spent the week making a good impression on his coaches, including a couple of great catches on Thursday, one of them an outstretched grab in the end zone on a slightly overthrown deep ball.
“Penny made the team last year because you can count on him,” Carroll said. “You can count on him in a lot of ways—in running his routes right, knowing the offense, multiple positions, contributing on special teams, his toughness. The attitude is obvious, and he came out here this camp, these days we’ve had here, and probably had the best shot of making things happen. He had catches today, but he’s had catches and other days too. He’s just had a spectacular couple of weeks. So where is he in the competition? He’s right in it. He made a club last year, we really can count on him. He can do a lot of things. He was really battling, and I was really fired up for him, we all were. He kind of lit it up out here.”
4. Carroll expect “the bulk of the team” to be vaccinated by the start of training camp.
Carroll said that Seattle’s entire coaching staff has now received the COVID-19 vaccine, and he hopes to see the number of players continue to increase before the start of camp. Ideally that would mean every single player being vaccinated and while Carroll doesn’t know if that will happen, he thinks most of the roster will be by the time players return in late July.
“There’s a chance,” he said. “We’ve got a shot at it because we’re far enough along. We have a little vaccination event going on right now after this practice, so we’ll see how those numbers show. But we’re not in bad shape, we’re within striking distance of making it. I think the bulk of the team will be done… We’re going to be be hovering around 70 percent here soon, maybe by the end of the week, and we’ll see where that takes us from there. We have a lot of guys have been asking questions. We have a lot of leaders that are vaccinated, and they’ve spoken to guys and all of that, and we’ve had a lot of really good input from people around the science community that have talked to our guys and helped them understand what’s at stake and all of that.”
In addition to health concerns, players who choose not to get vaccinated will face far more restriction this season than vaccinated players will, which should also help encourage players to get vaccinated.
“There are some consequences for not being vaccinated, as we’ve talked about,” Carroll said. There’s restrictions, so our guys should be well aware of that as well, and so they’ll make the choice as they make it.”
5. The cornerback competition will be “wide open” in training camp.
“The cornerback position is going to be really competitive. We’ve got a good structure of guys, we’ve got different style of guys who can play. We’ve got some long guys, some big guys, we’ve got some quickness, we’ve got a whole mixture of guys who can play. The competition is going to be wide open; it’s going to take us all of camp to figure it out.”
6. Injury updates.
In addition to the updates he provided on Tuesday on a handful of players who weren’t participating in minicamp, Carroll gave a few more on Thursday with a few new players sidelined who were on the field to start the week.
Guard Pier-Olivier Lestage, an undrafted rookie from Montreal, had sports hernia surgery, Carroll said, while receiver John Ursua was held out with was sounded like a minor knee injury.
“Johnny just tweaked his knee a little bit the other day,” Carroll said. “Nothing’s wrong with it, he just kind of came down wrong, so we just protected him. Pier had to have surgery. He came in with an athletic hernia situation, and so we decided to do it now rather than later. He was making it through camp and fighting it out. He made a really good impression in his start here with us, so we felt like we had a pretty good feel for him, so we went ahead and got the surgery done.”
Also not practicing the past couple of days was defensive back Marquise Blair, but that wasn’t because of any new injury, but rather just a case of being cautious with a player coming back from a torn ACL.
“Marquise, we’re just protecting him going through it,” Carroll said. “He has worked a lot, so he got a lot of stuff done here. He’s right back on track. Really, he’s ahead of schedule in terms of learning his football, he is much further along than he was a year ago at this time. And we’re moving him around, he’s got a number of different things that he’s doing. We want to give him a chance to show it—we love the playmaking that he has in him. So we just took care of him is all, didn’t want to overload him this early.”
Defensive end Aldon Smith did not take part in minicamp but is working out in the area, Carroll said: “He’s in town, and he’s been he’s been working out. We didn’t feel like he was ready for this yet, but we’ll see how he handles himself through the summertime, the conditioning he gets into. But we’re looking forward to him making it and getting out here. We just felt it was best for him, at this point, to just work out on his own, so he’s been in the facility in and out, but he’s sent a good impression that he’s made on us right now. He’s working hard at it.”
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