Defensive end Cassius Marsh #91 of the Seattle Seahawks battles tackle Justin Britt #68 during Rookie Minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on May 17, 2014 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
The Seahawks wrapped up their three-day rookie mini-camp on Sunday afternoon. It was the first opportunity for the coaching staff to work with their newest draft picks and a chance for players in camp on a tryout basis to show they should get a chance on the full 90-man roster.
"We have some tough decisions because some of the guys that have come in and were in tryout mode are definitely under some consideration, so we’ll have to figure it all out here in the next couple days," head coach Pete Carroll said.
However, it was the draft class that put together the most impressive performances over the course of the last three days.
Carroll made a point to single out the performance of fourth-round DE Cassius Marsh.
"First he came in here in great shape, he was really flying the whole time. He never showed any signs at all of wearing down, he’s very active, a very instinctive football player," Carroll said.
"He moved around to a couple of different spots here to give us some looks. That’s pretty exciting. It’s pretty exciting that he’s so active. The role that we kind of talked about, kind of like Michael Bennett, it looks like that might have a chance. We’ll take a lot of time to figure that out. But he looked very good, by far the most active guy out there."
WR Paul Richardson sat out the final two days of the mini-camp with a sore shoulder and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis missed the last day due to a sore groin. T Garrett Scott did not participate as he has not yet passed his physical.
Richardson is expected to be fine in a couple days, according to Carroll.
CB Eric Pinkins worked at safety on Sunday. Carroll said they wanted to see him in both spots before the conclusion of the mini-camp.
Carroll spoke well of several players that weren't drafted last weekend. QB Keith Price, T Garry Gilliam both performed well over the three days.
Tryout DL Adham Talaat, out of Division III Gallaudet University for the deaf, also had some strong moments throughout the weekend.
"He worked really hard," Carroll said. "Talaat did a really nice job of showing his toughness, and showing his great effort and all of that, no problems at all."
Other tryout players that seemed to have strong performances in camp were CB Thomas Wolfe, RB Demetrius Bronson, S John Ojo, CB Markus Smith and TE Rashaun Allen. If Seattle elects to sign a tryout player, they will have to release a player from their 90-man roster, which is currently maxed out.
Here are some of Carroll's thoughts on the performances of the draft class this weekend.
CB/S Eric Pinkins - "It’s really good that he could play in those spots, we’ll see how it’ll work out. I don’t know how it’ll work out right now, but I’m glad we got some information."
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis - "He did a nice job. He had a lot of work the first couple of days of this week and he looks very good. He plays very fast, he’s really a big accelerator, he seems to be a really good learner too so he should fit into the competition really well."
T Justin Britt - "He picked everything up, he’s very well prepared technique wise, he has real good footwork, his base is real good, his balance is real good for a big man, he moved well off of the line of scrimmage, he won’t have any trouble learning, it’s going to take some time of course, but he won’t any trouble picking stuff up. He’s a real serious, mature kid and I think he would jump right into the competition exactly like we had planned. I think he would be right there with Michael Bowie and they will be battling it out."
FB Kiero Small - "He’s a fullback. He’s a legit fullback, he loves the position, and he has a sense for it and a little chip on his shoulder about it. I’m hoping that he would be a real factor in special teams as well. he’s a tough guy and he can catch the ball really well too, so he showed that. The position is not anything that he can’t handle; he really is well equipped for it with his background."
DT Jimmy Staten - "He battled through stuff, he’s kind of in the ranks a little bit, and he needs to get in a little bit better shape. He lost probably ten pounds from the time that he’s got here so obviously he can get in better shape. I think he’s going to do a really good job, he’s going to be a big guy for us, he played well over 300 pounds and I think he can play real tough inside for us on first and second down plays."