Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/14/14
The VMAC Scoop

Moving Seahawks training camp to Renton has bothered me since I first heard a rumor that it was going to happen.

Why?

Training camp is just better in Cheney

There is no pay to park, there are no buses that move people to and from the facility like cattle in stinky over crowded school buses and most importantly the players are away from the distractions of everyday life.

In Cheney the team was isolated, they had no choice but to come together as a team and bond.

What I saw yesterday was exactly as I feared.

After practice they split up.

Red Bryant was lounging in the grass with his wife and kid, Matt Flynn was off to the side talking to his girlfriend.

Later that night I saw Richard Sherman at Benihana having dinner with what appeared to be family instead of spending time bonding over a meal with teammates.

Weather

Another thing that bothers me is the weather.

How do you expect guys to get into football shape practicing in low 70′s with low humidity and overcast skies? 90-100 degrees is what prepares the body to dig deep during the early part of the season, especially in hot weather road games.

The VMAC makes the team softer and less cohesive than it should be but it’s the way of the NFL with the new softer breed of players.

Okay……now that’s off my chest.

I spent most of the day observing the defensive and offensive lines.

I would like to make it clear that despite what at least one reporter (who i will not name) wrote free agent addition Jason Jones did not sit the practice out.

Though he did not wear pads or a helmet he was at practice participating in some hand checking drills as well as doing some jogging with teammates.

He looks like a defensive end as far as his build is concerned.

Red Bryant was lounging in the grass with his wife and kid after practice. You won’t find this info in the newspaper!

Bruuu-uuu-uuuce

Bruce Irvin impressed me.

I expected the speed but not the power he possesses. I felt sorry for the bags during the bag drills, he doesn’t just hit them, he punishes them. He is an extremely hard worker from what I saw.

Not once did I see him slacking or going through the motions, every rep was a full go. I had a chance to talk to him a little after practice and he seems like a good young man.

Speaking of defensive ends Pep Levingston’s athleticim was impressive. Tuesday’s practice was the first time I have been able to observe him from field level and so close as he was less than 15 yards away during his position drills.

That big man can move and with some development cold become a solid player at this level.

Teammates

I feel good when I’m out there and I see players who were with the team last year pulling the rookies and free agents aside and helping them out.

KJ Wright was mentoring Bobby Wagner (after practice he said there was a lot to learn but he was giving it his all) and I saw Breno Giacomini mentoring 7th round pick J.R. Sweezy who is trying to not only adjust to the pro level but is making a switch from defensive tackle to offensive guard.

Red Bryant was showing Jason Jones the ropes.

After attending my first day of camp in Renton there are a couple things I do like about it.

First it caters more to the fans then Cheney did and second I love how Head Coach Pete Carroll runs practice.

He lets his coaches coach and he has the music playing and that keeps his players loose.

CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE AT NWSB!

© Brett Bivens for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment |

Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook

Post tags: 12th man, Bobby Wagner, Breno Giacomini, Bruce Irvin, Camp Notes, Insider Report, J.R. Sweezy, Jason Jones, KJ Wright, Lazarius 'Pep' Levingston, Matt Flynn, NFL, Red Bryant, Richard Sherman, Seahawks Insider, Seahawks News, seahawks rumors, Seahawks Training Camp Insider Report, Seattle Seahawks, training camp, VMAC

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

49ers FB Bruce Miller charged with vandalism

Report: Winston snubbed ESPN out of draft interview

Report: Some Colts players unhappy with first-round pick

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: Focus is on Julio Jones contract

Irvin on Seahawks not picking up option: ‘F— that option’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Prust rips referee, accuses him of on-ice trash talk

LeBron James ditched headband to look more like teammates

Report: Stephen Curry to be named NBA MVP

Milwaukee Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke

Drafted player changes Twitter name to ‘Pick 245′

Chip Kelly: Tim Tebow is here to compete for a job

Five takeaways from the first round of the NBA playoffs

NFL has a Los Angeles Rams webpage

10 undrafted free agents who could become NFL stars

WATCH: ESPN reporter calls first First Take a 'train wreck'

Mike Trout criticized for tweet about Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Early 2016 NFL Draft prospect rankings

Life without Love: The new-look Cavaliers

Wizards deserve credit for win, but don't read too much into it

Here's why Mayweather-Pacquiao was business as usual

Floyd Mayweather Punch Out mock video game is great

WATCH: Tony Allen walks through children performing, gets booed

Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods have broken up

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NFL has Los Angeles Rams webpage

10 undrafted free agents to watch

Report: Winston snubbed ESPN

Life without Love: The new-look Cavs

Drafted player changes Twitter name to ‘Pick 245′

Floyd Mayweather Punch Out mock video game is great

Report: Steph Curry to be NBA MVP

Kelly: Tebow here to compete for job

Tony Allen booed for being rude?

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods break up

Pacquiao fought with injured shoulder?

Winners and losers from the NFL draft

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.