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Seahawks get first taste of rookies at minicamp, WSU’s Abe Lucas to wear No. 72

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RENTON — The Seahawks’ three-day rookie minicamp, which began Friday at VMAC, is just the start of a long journey for the team’s nine draft picks.

“We’ve got a chance to watch them and start the guy evaluation process,” coach Pete Carroll said after a roughly 45-minute practice on the court Friday afternoon.

One place Seattle might need to do some quick assessments, though, is with the two quarterbacks who are in camp — Louisiana’s Levi Lewis and Western Michigan’s Kaleb Eleby.

In the past decade, Seattle having two QBs for rookie minicamp wouldn’t be a big deal. But in the post-Russell Wilson era and with quite a bit of uncertainty about what’s going on now, even the bottom of the list at this position suddenly looks interesting,

A decision this weekend may have to be made as Lewis is an official member of the squad, announced Friday as one of 14 undrafted rookies the team has signed to its 90-man roster, while ‘Eleby is at camp as a tryout.

Seattle is one of eight teams hosting rookie minicamps this week. The other 24 will hold theirs next weekend.

If the Seahawks were to see something they really liked from Eleby, they might have to sign him before he leaves town and potentially attends another tryout camp next week.

Lewis, listed at 5-foot-9, 192 pounds and wearing the No. 15 jersey, is a southpaw who threw for 9,216 yards at Louisiana (formerly known as Louisiana-Lafayette) and rushed for another 1,088 in leading the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 35-7 record in his starting career.

Eleby, a right-hander listed at 6 feet, 208 and wearing No. 5, left West Michigan with two years of eligibility remaining. He is one of the five players of the 58 of the camp who celebrates his birthday in the year 2000.

Some draft analysts thought Eleby would go into the final rounds – Lindy’s had Eleby eighth in their QB rating and Lewis 14th. Eleby was third in the nation in passing efficiency in 2020 at 195.1 when he had an 18-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio (when one of his top targets was current Seahawks WR Dee Eskridge ) and wasn’t much worse in 2021, when he had a 157.2 rating and a 23-to-6 TD/INT ratio. He beat Pitt’s Kenny Pickett – who was the first QB picked this year ranked 20th overall by the Steelers — in leading Western Michigan to a 44-41 win over the Panthers in September, throwing for 337 yards and three touchdowns.

But Eleby isn’t as known for his rushing and questions about his height also helped him not get drafted.

For now, since he’s under contract, Lewis is on track to be the fourth quarterback on the roster to head to camp behind Drew Lock, Geno Smith and Jacob Eason. Lewis got a $15,000 signing bonus, the largest reported to date the Seahawks have handed out to any of their UDFA signers.

But the team will be watching closely over the next few days to see if Eleby shows enough to make her way up the roster. And with Eason also a young player still finding his way into the NFL and the starting spot uncertain, for the first time in years, who QB No. 4 might be relevant.

And for now, those on the list appear to be all there will be soon, with Carroll having reiterated in multiple interviews over the past week that, as he told the NFL Network on Saturday, “We are happy with the guys we got.”

But with Carroll also saying at every turn that the team will keep looking, speculation will surely continue that Seattle could at some point add to the roster they have. But for now, Seattle seems determined to give Lock, Smith and the others a real fighting chance and see what happens.

Friday marked the first time the Seahawks saw Lewis or Eleby on the field. And the rookie minicamp is really the start of the process – one thing the coaches spent a few minutes on with the QBs during an early part of practice was how far to stand when taking a shot under center .

So with little to do yet, Carroll was understandably vague when asked for an assessment of the two on Friday.

“They’re both leaders,” Carroll said. “They have done a good job in their (college) programs. They are strong people. They handled what we asked them to do well today and threw the ball around the court very well and both of them, you can see, are good competitive guys. It came out very clearly.

The competition, however, has only just begun.

Seahawks announce UDFA and draft signings

Along with Lewis, the other players Seattle announced Friday signed as undrafted free agents are Virginia safety Joey Blount; safety Bubba Bolden, Miami; tight end Cade Brewer, Texas; guard Shamarious Gilmore, Georgia State; defensive tackle Matt Gotel, West Florida (also a graduate of Lakes High in Tacoma); receiver Jake Herslow, Houston; linebacker Vi Jones, North Carolina State; tight end John Mitchell, Florida Atlantic; security Scott Nelson, Wisconsin; linebacker Josh Onujiogu; receiver Demetris Robertson, Auburn; cornerback Josh Valentine-Turner, Florida International; security Deontai Williams. The signings take Seattle’s roster to the offseason maximum of 90 (technically 91 with Seattle getting a bye for linebacker Aaron Donkor, a player on the Pathway International Program, earlier this week). The Seahawks also announced that four draft picks have signed their contracts, all of which are set through the league’s collective bargaining agreement – ​​fifth-round picks Tyreke Smith and Tariq Woolen and seventh-round picks Bo Melton and Dareke. Young.

Seahawks announce rookie numbers

The Seahawks also announced the jersey numbers of all their rookies, including their nine draft picks. They are cornerback Coby Bryant 8 (the same number as the late Kobe Bryant); running back Ken Walker III 9; wool 39; linebacker Boye Mafe 53; left tackle Charles Cross 67; right tackle Abe Lucas 72; Melton 81; young 83; Smith 92.

Remarks

• Asked about the news this week that the Seahawks will play the NFL’s first ever regular season game in Germany on November 13 against Tampa Bay in Munich, Carroll said: “It’s great. You know I’ve never been there. So I’m looking forward to the trip like everyone else. I have a really good idea to go overseas because we’ve done it before (a 27-3 win over the Raiders in 2018 in London) and we’ve had a great trip.

• Woolen skipped training on the pitch with what Carroll described as a mild hamstring problem, but noted he had taken part in the visit earlier in the day.

• As expected, Cross lined up at left tackle and Lucas at right tackle.

• Also among the players on trial is former UW and O’Dea top bettor Race Porter. Washington State guard Liam Ryan is also participating as a tryout.

• An intriguing tryout is lineman Nick Paul of Northeastern State, a Division II school in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, including Michael Bowie, a 2013 Seahawks seventh-round pick who started eight games as a only rookie for Seattle that year. . Paul is listed at 6-4, 385, but Carroll gave a playful thumbs-up when asked if that weight was accurate, saying, “Oh my god, I’ve never seen a guy that big .” Paul is listed as an offensive tackle on the roster, but he was playing a nose tackle in defense on Friday with Carroll saying: “You can’t tell what gap he lines up in so (he could) be a big deal for the team. attack from the start. »