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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

August 2, 2009 at 7:46 PM

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Camp Mora: Day 3

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Seahawks logo.gifSEAHAWKS TRAINING CAMP: Day 3 


Player of the day Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu. Linebackers don't tend to stand out Seahawks logo.gif
during practice for the simple reason that they don't get to finish tackles. That makes it tough to tell when they've squelched out a play, but Tatupu's performance Sunday was impossible to miss.

"You know what, Lofa had a great day today," defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. "He's really stepped up the last couple of days in training camp, and today he had quite a few plays he was making. I'll bet that he'll make a big jump now from here on out. Just because you see he has such a good understanding."

Roll call: LT Walter Jones did not practice after experiencing back spasms on Sunday morning. DT Brandon Mebane banged his left knee during practice and sat out the last 45 minutes or so wearing an ice pack.

Das boot: Watching Jon Ryan punt on Sunday, it's hard to understand exactly why the Packers decided to let him go last season. Ryan boomed several kicks during practice, two of which definitely traveled more than 50 yards from the line of scrimmage.

Sign of the times: What's the status on negotiations with linebacker Aaron Curry? (Sound of crickets chirping). Nobody on either side is saying anything about their discussions and what sticking points there may be. Twenty-one of the 32 first-round draft picks have signed, but that total is a little deceiving because the unsigned first-rounders are concentrated at the top. Eight of the first 12 players chosen in the draft have yet to agree to deals.

The past three players chosen with the fourth overall pick agreed to terms before their respective training camps begin. The last No. 4 pick who remained unsigned heading into camp was Cedric Benson of the Bears in 2005. He missed 36 days.

Hope floats: The Seahawks had a familiar lakeside visitor on Sunday. Former center Robbie Tobeck motored up close to shore. Tobeck retired after the 2006 season and is an avid fisherman. He had one question on Sunday. "Where's Walt," he hollered. Out with back spasms.

Shirt tales: Who was that guy wearing a No. 94 Bryce Fisher jersey on Sunday in the Seafair pits? Well, that was Fisher himself, according to one eyewitness report.


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