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

May 2, 2010 at 2:16 PM

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Red Bryant moving toward the edge?

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Red Bryant was a fourth-round draft choice in 2008 out of Texas A&M, a powerful defensive tackle who is also tall at 6 feet 4. In fact, some teams did not consider him a draftable prospect because of what they considered poor leverage inside.

For two years, Bryant has been a situational tackle, and there were times he was a healthy scratch last year as the team opted to use Craig Terrill.

This minicamp, Bryant was used some at one of the defensive end spots, which the coaches are referring to as "the five-technique" a reference to which gap that end lines up in. That five-technique spot is where Lawrence Jackson is currently playing, and the spot E.J. Wilson of North Carolina was drafted to fill.

"He had a great day (Saturday)," Carroll said.

That was a reference to a day in which Bryant's most notable play occurred when he drove rookie left tackle Russell Okung backward a good 5 to 10 yards of the ball. Now, they're not wearing pads so don't read too much into that, but it was certainly a good sign.

"It was the first time he really showed up," Carroll said. "He really felt comfortable playing at the spot. Obviously, it gives us a big guy playing over there, and with what we're trying to do with the run game, he made a good showing.

"It's going to take all the way through (when) we get to the camp in pads and all that kind of stuff to get a good assessment, but this is I would think by far this is the best condition he has been in years. He has worked diligently in the offseason program."

So how does Bryant like playing on the edge in addition to some repetitions at defensive tackle?

"The only difference, it's just more space," Bryant said.

• Tight end John Carlson was outstanding on Sunday, his talents as a receiver highlighted repeatedly. He took advantage of a miscue by the defense, running by cornerback Marcus Udell for a long reception.

In the final 11-on-11 team drill in practice, Carlson caught consecutive passes from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. The first came while defended by Will Herring, the second when he outran Aaron Curry on a pattern at the back of the end zone.

Carlson's role is one of the things to watch in Seattle's new offense, which will frequently use two tight ends. The additions of Chris Baker and selection of Anthony McCoy in the draft give Seattle bigger, more powerful blockers and will allow Carlson to line up in the slot more to highlight his receiving skills.

Joe Toledo, former UW player, is one of the 15 players Washington Seattle had in for a try-out, and he found himself playing right tackle with the second-string line for a good chunk of this three-day minicamp.

"We're not finding a lot of candidates out there in the free-agent area right now," Carroll said. "Joe has a chance."

• Running back LenDale White did not participate in Sunday's practice. He was limited this weekend by a sore groin.

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