--Seattle's 12 rookies hung around for two weeks after the team's last minicamp session to get some extra work in with the team's strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark, along with building some team chemistry and getting familiar with their new surroundings in Seattle.
The rookies headed off to the league rookie symposium in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. this week.
"This is very beneficial, absolutely," said rookie offensive lineman Max Unger. "It would be nice to be done. But at the same time, we really don't know what we're getting ourselves into as far as camp goes, so this just helps us out a little more in trying to get ready for it."
--Even though quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is done with the team's official offseason workout program, Hasselbeck says his workout regimen actually becomes more challenging as he prepares for the beginning of training camp.
"For me it's the most important time, especially as a thrower," Hasselbeck said. "It's probably similar to a pitcher. You get your arm ready for competitive throws, two days of practice in one day and those kinds of things. That's where you really sharpen your skills.
"You know you're coming back to camp. There's a conditioning test. A body fat percentage test. There's a weigh in. All that stuff is coming, so it's time to go at that point."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"They're asking a lot more of him this year than they did last year. Last year he came in and we said, 'Well, maybe he could be the starting tight end. We'll see.' This year, on third down, he's not on the sideline, he's on the field. There are a lot of situations where in the past we've had a wide receiver out there, but now we're treating him as a threat in the passing game, and we're giving him opportunities to make plays, and he's done a great job." -- Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on the expanded role of second-year tight end
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