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

July 31, 2012 at 1:23 PM

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Camp Carroll: Day Four

Morning practice: Players in shoulder pads.

Under center: Tarvaris Jackson took snaps with the first unit. After practice, coach Pete Carroll was asked about whether Jackson's familiarity with the offense and coaching staff would lead the team to give more repetitions to newcomers Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson.

"That's part of the discussion," Carroll said, "but at this early part of camp, I thought it was really important to find out where T Jack is, too. Last time we were together, he was coming off a terrible injury, and had shown his great courage and toughness and all that, but he hadn't been right. So we need to get him back out here and see what he looks like. What's exciting, he's quicker, he's niftier than he has been. He's in great shape. He came in to win this job as did both the other guys, too. I'm getting a feel for where he is so that's important and then we'll weigh that into the whole discussion as we go further."

Hit parade: The defense had the upper hand in Tuesday's practice with three notable interceptions (two of them on passes thrown by rookie Russell Wilson). Rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner picked off a pass thrown by Wilson. So did rookie safety Malcolm Winston Guy. The play of the day in the eyes of Carroll, however, was when rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin chased down a reverse from behind, knocking the ball out.

"It was really a day that was dominated by the defensive fellas," Carroll said. "We had a number of turnovers today ... It's good to see those guys doing the kinds of things that really we hope represent our style of play on the defensive side."Roll call: DL Alan Branch was back on the field after missing the past two days with a lower leg injury. TE Kellen Winslow watched practice as Seattle continues the every-other-day schedule in terms of his workload. DE Jameson Konz (shoulder), LB Matt McCoy (knee) and TE Anthony McCoy (hamstring) all remained out with injuries. LB Barrett Ruud (knee) also did not practice and DL Jason Jones (knee) remained out. OL Allen Barbre -- who missed the first two days because of a family situation -- returned to practice Monday and was on the field Tuesday.

Gobbledygook: This is a new feature on the blog something I'm going to do to try and show just how hard it is to pin down the specifics of the quarterback competition with coach Pete Carroll. Carroll was asked about the rotation at quarterback going forward after Jackson took first-unit snaps on Tuesday. We pick up with Carroll's response:

"We'll just stay with the rotation is all, but every day we're evaluating. We're extensively looking into everything that's going on, and as we accumulate plays, we look at them in terms of the concept of the play. We look at them by situations. We look at the overall work. We separate it by seven-on-sevens and team. It's as in-depth a study as you can possibly do. We're getting a lot of good information. Right now, we'll stay with the rotation and how it's going, but we haven't had the evaluation on this day today, and it means something. We have a really cool plan in mind, and like I said to you, we could adjust based on what the information is telling us."
    -- Pete Carroll

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