Bryant said a lot of the terminology and scheme Seattle runs are similar to what he did in college, noting, “I picked up in quite fast. Hopefully Coach Carroll and Coach (Karl) Scott can see that for themselves.”
Bryant also has familiarity with he kick-step technique Seattle asks its corners to use when they’re playing press coverage.
“That’s what we did at Cincinnati as well, so I’m extremely familiar with it, so now it’s all about taking to the next level and just being that dominant corner that hopefully I can be and that I pride myself on being,” he said.
2. Though sidelined with a minor hamstring injury cornerback Tariq Woolen is still learning this weekend.
Tariq Woolen, a fifth-round pick out of Texas San-Antonio, wasn’t able to take part in the first two days of practice—though Carroll noted Friday he was able to take part in walkthroughs—but that doesn’t mean he isn’t using this minicamp to get better.
“I’ve just been taking a lot of mental reps, because that’s just as important as the physical reps,” Woolen said.
Most notably, Woolen spent a good amount of time Saturday getting some one-on-one attention from Carroll, who despite his role as head coach, still likes to go back to his days as a defensive back coach and do some hands-on work with cornerbacks, particularly rookies or those new to the team.
“Being coached by Coach Pete is a great thing,” Woolen said. “Everyone knows the days with the Legion of Boom and the great secondary they had, so just being coached by him, I’m soaking in all the advice I can. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
3. Tyreke Smith is in a slightly different role, but he likes the change.
Tyreke Smith, a fifth-round pick out of Ohio State, mostly played a traditional defensive end role in college, but getting ready for the draft, he prepared to play both that position and outside linebacker, knowing that depending on where he ended up, his role could look a little different than what he knew in college. And sure enough, Smith ended up in Seattle with a Seahawks defense that is transitioning to more of a 3-4 scheme, meaning its edge rushers will be outside linebackers rather than bigger defensive ends.
While new to him, that role of being asked to do more and play out of 2-point stance suits Smith, he said: “It’s kind of different from what I was doing at Ohio State. Not really different, but I’m in more of a linebacker role here. I’m more in coverage… I kind of have more freedom, I kind of have more freedom, I can see more. So I like it, I like it better how Coach Carroll and the coaches have me playing here.”
Smith and second-round pick Boye Mafe have also started to form a quick bond as Seattle’s two newest edge rushers.
“Boye, when you see him, he’s all smiles,” Smith said. “He’s just like me. I feel like we just instantly connected at the Senior Bowl when we were there. I feel like we had a connection because we made each other work hard and we both turned each other up in a way. Boye’s my guy, I was happy to see him at the Combine and I was happy to see him again when we met up here.”
4. Bo Melton has been preparing to be drafted for years.
Melton, a four-year starter at Rutgers, heard his name called in the seventh-round of this year’s draft, but that wasn’t his first experience with the NFL draft. When Melton was a senior in high school, his parents took him to Philadelphia for the NFL draft, and for fun he went through some of the drills they had set up for fan participation.