John Friesz has his good days and bad days. Monday he had both.
Friesz misfired in the Seahawks’ morning practice but was sharp in the afternoon session. The day mimicked his first six at training camp in Cheney.
“I’ve been spotty, I guess,” the Seahawks starting quarterback said when asked for a report card. “At times, I’ve done everything asked of me and at times it hasn’t been that way. I guess those are the realities of training camp, the peaks and valleys.”
Friesz, always one of his own harshest critics, has been satisfied with his long-distance tosses. Seattle struggled connecting on deep routes last season.
“That’s been pretty good,” he said. “I think we’ve completed a lot more deep balls than we did in all of training camp last year. I’m not sure why because I think our corners are better.”
He’s even managed to do what seemed practically impossible: Over-throw speedy receiver Joey Galloway.
“It’s difficult to do,” Friesz said. “You sort of project out where you think he’ll be and add a couple yards because that’s when he really hits high gear.”
After a harried first couple of days, camp has settled into a more defined pattern. Demands on his time, from media and others, are diminishing, he said. “You want to be accommodating, but you also need time to put your feet up.”
Friesz said the five quarterbacks in camp are performing well. The Seahawks signed Warren Moon in the off-season to back up Friesz. Moon has shown he can still zip passes all over the field.
“Warren throws a good ball,” Friesz said. “He’s put a couple of wrinkles (into the offense).”
Friesz will learn later this week how much playing time he’ll see against Minnesota on Saturday.
Shawn Springs won’t become a wealthy young man at Walter Jones’ expense, Seahawks vice president Randy Mueller said.
The stalemates between the Seahawks and their first-round draft picks continued Monday. The team appears closer to signing Jones, the sixth pick, than Springs, who was No. 3.
“We feel OK with where we are right now (with Jones),” Mueller said. “We’re not going to rob Walter to pay Shawn.”
Seattle sent two new offers to Springs on Saturday, disputing a claim made by David Ware, one of Springs’ agents, on Spokane radio station KTRW that Seattle made a take-it-or-leave-it proposal.
The two sides talked on Monday, but Mueller was waiting for a definitive reply. Mueller said “we bumped up” the offer with “very reachable” incentives and other bonuses.
“A first-round pick is going to play 40 percent of the time,” Mueller said, referring to an example of an incentive.
Seahawks coaches are anxious to get the duo into camp, particularly Jones, who must learn the demanding left tackle position.
The injury list grew on Monday, but nothing appeared too serious. Chad Brown missed the last portion of practice with a small strain in his left knee. Michael Sinclair sat out to rest a sore hamstring.
Other ailments: Willie Williams (tight groin muscles) and James McKnight (tendinitis in left knee).
It sprinkled for a few minutes and thunder boomed in the distance, but the afternoon practice wasn’t effected by the electrical storm that hammered Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. … The Seahawks will practice once today through Thursday. A Wednesday morning practice has been scratched. … Cornerback Fred Thomas intercepted a Friesz pass intended for Galloway during a one-on-one drill and celebrated with a spike. On his next play, Galloway snagged a TD pass against defensive back Alonzo Hampton and he, too, spiked.
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