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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Seahawks Sign John Howell

By José Miguel Romero from The Seattle Times:

The Seahawks signed safety John Howell to a one-year, $565,000 contract last Friday, and Howell, who spent his first four pro seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, made his practice debut yesterday.

The Seahawks also opened up June Voluntary Camp. The only 2 Seahawks miss the camp without an excuse: Shaun Alexander (contract) and Darrell Jackson. It was the first time the team has had camp since the Koren Robinson was released. The camp runs from Monday-Thursday the next two weeks.

Dave Boling from The News Tribune took some notes:

Minicamps and training camps in the NFL provide some of the same opportunities for false assessments and premature judgments patented by spring training in baseball.

But the highlights of the post-Koren era offense were a pair of deep catches by Jerheme Urban; one a one-handed, over-the-shoulder gem while tip-toeing up the right sideline, the other another big gainer in traffic up the other sideline.

Last year’s top draft pick, defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs, made little impact last season. He’s come back looking quicker and stronger, and reportedly has been a dedicated offseason trainer.

Several times he went head-to-head against this year’s first-round pick, center Chris Spencer. The rookie mostly got beat, as is the norm in a drill that favors defenders, but he gets off the ball quickly and stays on balance.

Lofa Tatupu, the second-round pick, has already impressed the staff with his preparedness and savvy. The middle linebacker from USC was considered undersized by some draft analysts, but he has scored points by understanding not only where he needs to be, but also where everybody else should be, too.

Tight end Jerramy Stevens, whose fitness level has been questioned in some past seasons, looks lean and strong.


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