Short-handed in Seahawks safety, but Jamal Adams will be back soon

Renton — Only three teams in the NFL are spending more on security in 2022 than the Seahawks, who have invested $21.5 million in that spot, according to OvertheCap.com,

Most of it is going to the pairing of Jamal Adams (hitting the $9.1 million cap this year) and Quandre Diggs ($5.8).

Neither were on the field when the Seahawks took the field for their third practice of training camp at VMAC on Saturday.

Diggs was taking a veteran’s rest days after off-season surgery to repair a damaged ankle in January.

“Must be good,” said defensive coordinator Clint Hurt with a strange smile from Diggs, while most of the rest of the team worked hard in the unusual Seattle heat.

As for Adams, he is expected to return with the team on Monday after moving to Dallas after Wednesday’s practice, when he felt discomfort in his left arm. He had his ring finger and index finger on that hand after the 2021 season after displacing each finger several times over the past few seasons.

Examination revealed that Adams broke the middle finger when he rubbed it into a teammate’s face mask.

But the injury is not considered highly concerning as the bone is expected to heal over the next few weeks, and Adams will wear a club on his arm to practice and a cast specially designed for playing (surgery is a Option can be season).

Still, it’s not ideal to miss any practice time, as the Seahawks are implementing a new defensive plan. Coach Pete Carroll felt the adaptation hurt Adams’ defense a year earlier, when he was out of practice until August 17 while negotiating a new contract.

Hurt said he doesn’t think Adams’ absence will be a big deal.

“He learns very, very well,” Hurt said. “When he came back in the spring he picked it up just like that. So no problem.”

While Adams will be back with the team on Monday, it is unclear when he will take the field.

As with Diggs and Adams on Saturday, the opening safaris were generally veterans Ryan Neal and Josh Jones, a pair who showed the Seahawks had good depth in place. Mostly due to Adams’ injuries, Neal has made nine starts in the past two seasons, while Jones signed at the end of last season and re-signed in May, beginning the season finale against Arizona last year and ending in 2017. Overall made 26 starts in career.

Jones made one of the highlight plays of Saturday’s practice, tipping a pass to Noah Fant by linebacker Jordan Brooks and receiving an interception after being thrown by Geno Smith.

“Outstanding,” said Hurt. “Loving it. We need to see more of them.”

QB fight unchanged

There is no change in the depth chart at quarterback, with Smith receiving all the reps during Saturday’s 11-on-11 practice with the first-team offense and Drew Locke with the second-team.

Smith’s interception was the only trade of the day. He has thrown two interceptions, which are only two from camp so far.

As is typical for a training-camp exercise, each had some good plays and something they wanted to return. And in general, it appears to be a better day for defense.

Smith’s highlights included a pass threaded into traffic to Tyler Lockett in a red-zone drill, for which Lockett leapt and corrupted for a touchdown. He threw another TD to the locket in a red-zone drill at a slant.

Locke threw a TD on a fade en route to Marquis Goodwin and put his dynamism on display several times, once to complete a sidearm to Aaron Fuller and the second to nine yards on third and eight.

Bryant continues to impress

Locke’s TD for Goodwin came when he was defended by Cincinnati fourth-round pick-out rookie Kobe Bryant.

But the play came just after Bryant disregarded a pass to 6-foot-7 tight end Colby Parkinson, an unofficial three pass breakup for a rookie fifth-round pick from Cincinnati.

Bryant remains one of the camp’s most outstanding players, with Hurt saying that the ability to play that was evident during his college career has also been a constant presence in the camp.

“As a young player, you can always tell with some of the college kids who have a good brain part of the game and understanding,” Hurt said. “It’s definitely done for him because he’s out of here.”

Bryant is working with the second defense in the left corner, with fellow rookie Tariq Woolen on the right with Artie Burns (right) and Sidney Jones (left) continuing to work with the first team.

Typing the heated competition on the spot, Burns was one of the other highlight players of the day, back-to-back pass breakups in the near end zone for Lockett and DK Metcalf.

Hurt said the cornerback has a long way to go before anything is decided.

“Right now, Arti and Sid have done some good work,” said Hurt. “Artie had some good PBUs today, as did Kobi. Just watching as progress in the competition comes with those four guys, nothing concrete. We’ll see they continue to compete every day, But we are also excited about the two young kids.”

Personnel/Injury Note

  • Speaking of Metcalf, as expected, he attended his first practice on Thursday since agreeing to a new contract with the team. Metcalf appeared on something of a snap count but didn’t seem limited otherwise, getting some work done in team sessions.
  • Receiver D’Escridge sat out again while tackling a tight hamstring.
  • In addition to Diggs, other veterans who also got rest days were defensive Al Woods and guard Gabe Jackson.
  • Seahawks member JR Sweezy from 2012–15 and again in 2018 was listed on the reserve/retired list a day after the team signed a formal one-day contract. This means the Seahawks have an open roster spot.
  • Just as they said they would, the Seahawks tried something different on Saturday along the offensive line. Notably, second-year player Stone Forsyth worked with the first team with rookie Abraham Lucas on the second team and Jake Curhan played the guard. All three are considered candidates for the right tackle spot.

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