1. Let’s get physical.
It didn’t take long at all for the defense, and for Al Woods in particular, to demonstrate how much different looks in pads. Early on in pass-rush drills, the difference was already somewhat on display, but when the team got into the 11-on-11 portion of practice, the very first play really showed off the physicality, with Woods shooting into the backfield to knock Rashaad Penny off his feet for a loss. And while Penny was on the wrong end of that play, it is worth noting his day feature a few really nice long runs, including one that started with a great cutback in the backfield before he exploded down field, earning big cheers from the entire offense .
Another big hit was delivered a few plays later, but by the offense when Travis Homer put a shoulder down to knock down linebacker Tanner Muse.
2. A better day for the offense, but the defense still looked great.
For the second straight day, Seattle’s defense looked really impressive, with the secondary making a lot of good plays on the ball, including an impressive pass breakup by rookie Coby Bryant on a fade to DK Metcalf, more really strong play from Artie Burns while covering Metcalf, and an interception by safety Josh Jones.
But while the defense had a lot of good moments, it was a better day for an offense that, as Drew Lock and Geno Smith both admitted Monday, had a tough go of things a day earlier.
In an early third-down session in the red zone, Smith completed a few short passes that would have moved the sticks but took a while to find the end zone. Eventually Smith did hit Tyler Mabry who made a sliding grab for a touchdown, then he came back and found Penny for a touchdown catch and run. A few plays after that, Lock connected with an open Kenneth Walker III who was able to jog into the end zone. Lock also ran for a touchdown, with Cade Brewer providing a nice block to seal off a running lane to the pylon, a heads-up play that earned big praise from Will Dissly.
Lock finished his day by leading a pair of touchdown drives, one capped by a touchdown pass to Penny Hart, and the other ending on a touchdown pass to Aaron Fuller.