Here’s what we learned during day four of the Seahawks’ training camp.
Here is our daily look at what we learned from Seahawks practice with observations from beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.
First, three from Jenks:
1, QB Trevone Boykin has struggled.
This is a big year for Boykin as he heads into his second season. The Seahawks kept him as Russell Wilson’s backup as a rookie because they loved his athletic ability and potential — his room to grow.
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But now the Seahawks need to see that growth, and on Thursday, coach Pete Carroll gave a subtly telling answer when asked about Boykin through four days of training camp: Has Boykin made the progress the Seahawks wanted him to make?
“I can’t tell yet,” Carroll said. “I can’t tell. Too early. We’re just getting started. I don’t know yet.”
Carroll is right; it is too early. But Carroll is often quick to praise players even when it is early; on Thursday, for example, he praised rookie running back Chris Carson. Boykin hasn’t been very impressive through four days, but neither has the Seahawks’ other backup quarterback, Austin Davis. On Thursday, Boykin took a sack when the defense jumped offside, and Carroll quickly came over to talk to Boykin about that mistake.
It will be interesting to see if Boykin hits his stride as camp progresses or if the Seahawks bring another veteran backup into the mix.
2, Michael Bennett thinks Cassius Marsh is headed for a breakout year.
Bennett was asked a general question about the defensive line, and instead he talked about Marsh, unprompted. Bennett has worked with Marsh for years, including this offseason, and as Marsh heads into his fourth season with the Seahawks, Bennett said he thinks he’s headed for a breakout similar to Frank Clark last season.
“I think Cassius is going to be a guy who is going to very exciting,” Bennett said.
The Seahawks are already pretty depth at edge rusher between Bennett, Cliff Avril and Clark. Marsh had a career-high three sacks last season, and if he can take another step forward this year, the Seahawks could be loaded up front even if rookie Malik McDowell misses time.
3, Cyril Grayson Jr. made an awesome catch.
Grayson, the track-star-turned-wide-receiver, is one of those great stories: He hasn’t played football in years and is, obviously, ridiculously fast.