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Demitrius Bronson quiets the noise at Seahawks training camp

Former Kentwood football star Demitrius Bronson, No. 30, sprints past a defender in Seattle Seahawks training camp on July 29. - Eric Mandel, The Reporter
Former Kentwood football star Demitrius Bronson, No. 30, sprints past a defender in Seattle Seahawks training camp on July 29.
— image credit: Eric Mandel, The Reporter

The raucous practice atmosphere at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton no longer rattles Demitrius Bronson. The former Kentwood High School star is soaking in the professional game, competing for a roster spot with his hometown Seattle Seahawks, while the coaches and local and national media dissect every snap.

Bronson competes in all running back-specific drills and subs in for plays during team drills. He saw extra action while running back Marshawn Lynch held out for a new contract. Lynch ended the holdout last week.

On July 29, Bronson stayed after the scheduled practice for a few more reps after not being in the normal rotation. Afterwards, Bronson told The Reporter that he is making strides forward.

“It’s just a blade of grass a day,” he said. “They are teaching me as if I’ve been here for 10 years… which is good. There are limited reps. You’ve gotta be near perfect.”

Bronson said each day starts at about 6 a.m., with a full day of meals, weight-lifting and practice.

“It’s going good though,” he said. “Being a pro basically.”

Bronson said he’s learning from other, more veteran running backs in camp and is confident in his abilities. He is not intimidated by the superstars all over the lineup anymore.

“They’re my family,” he said. “My brothers.”

As for all the attention from the thousands of fans who show up each day of training camp? It was surprising the first day, but since then he’s “locked in.”

“You hear the noise, but you’re not really paying attention to it,” he said.

 

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