Here are five takeaways from the first day.
1. D’Wayne Eskridge “looked just like we had hoped.”
There’s only so much a player can show in one, limited workout without pads, but while second-round pick D’Wayne Eskridge and everyone else on the field still has plenty to prove between now and the start of the season, the speedy receiver out of Western Michigan made a strong first impression on his head coach.
“I thought D’Wayne looked really good, he looked just like we had hoped,” Carroll said. “He looks very quick, very strong. Had a really easy time with the types of routes that we were running. He had no problem at all doing everything, he caught the ball beautifully today, so he’s off to a nice start. He’s a good strong kid, he’s built well. He catches the ball with strength and power, you can see him getting out of his transitions well after catching it, turning and running and all that, so it’s a really good first day.”
2. It’s all about technique.
As anyone who has been following the Seahawks over the last decade knows, Carroll has a certain technique he teaches his cornerbacks for press coverage, and while effective, it can take some time to learn. So it was no surprise that one of the first things that fourth-round pick Tre Brown, as well as undrafted rookie Bryan Mills, did in their first rookie camp was work closely with defensive passing game coordinator Andre Curtis on that technique.
Despite being a head coach since the mid 90s, Carroll is still a defensive backs coach at heart in a lot of ways, so it wouldn’t be surprising at some point this weekend to see him spend plenty of time himself with Brown working on that technique, much like he did with Tre Flowers during 2018 rookie minicamp.