New Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is going to need some ice bags for his shoulder after practice today.
The Wisconsin product basically took every rep during team and 7-on-7 drills at this afternoon’s two-hour workout, the first practice of Seattle’s weekend minicamp for rookies.
Fellow quarterbacks Chris Hart of Webber International University and Josh McGregor of Jacksonville University were relegated to being spectators most of the practice. However, both did get some work done afterwards with Seahawks quarterback coach Carl Smith.
Wilson said he took every rep at practice during his time at Wisconsin, so he’s used to the heavy workload.
Even more impressive was what Wilson did with those reps. As advertised, Wilson showed a big arm, played with great anticipation and was very accurate on most of his throws.
Wilson quickly worked through his progressions and decisively delivered the ball on target most of the time today. Not surprisingly, he fumbled a couple snaps. And yes, the 5-11 signal caller had two balls batted down at the line of scrimmage.
But overall, Wilson put on an efficient, impressive display and had good command of the first few installations of Seattle’s playbook.
“It was great today,” Wilson said. “There was so much rhythm out there in practice. The offense did a great job, had great tempo. I felt really comfortable knowing the plays and knowing the terminology and getting in the huddle.”
Wilson went on to say the transition going from North Carolina State to Wisconsin helped him in coming into a situation like Seattle and being comfortable in a new environment.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said Wilson did everything he expected him to do in his first practice time with the team.
“Just knowing who he is and how he was going to approach this, I expected him to be very good,” Carroll said. “And he was. He’s really smart. He’s very experienced. He’s as savvy as a guy can be, and he has a great work ethic.
“So you put all of that together, along with good communication with Carl Smith and with Darrell (offensive coordinator Darell Bevell) over the time leading to these last two weeks and he was ready to go.”
First round pick Bruce Irvin also looked the part today, showing a quick, initial burst off the line and looking stronger than expected in the run game, according to defensive line coach Todd Wash.
“He’s as fast and athletic as we thought he was going to be,” Wash said. “He put a lot of pressure on himself, which first round picks always do. He comes out and thinks he should have a sack every snap, which ain’t going to happen.
“But we were very impressed. He’s a heck of a lot stronger in the run game than we anticipated. When we get him on the sled and get him in some one-on-one drills, he’s very powerful. So that was a great thing for us to see.”
For his part, Irvin said he was focused on staying in his lane.
“I’m not going to come in and try and do too much, because that’s when you mess up,” Irvin said. “I’m going to come in and be Bruce, just like West Virginia. I’m going to get in where I fit in.”
Irvin Joked that he probably lost about seven or eight pounds during practice.
“It’s a lot different (than college),” Irvin said. “Less water breaks (laughter). And Coach (Todd) Wash, he’s an up-tempo guy. But I’ll get used to it.”
Irvin also had a chance to match up against a veteran NFL lineman, with former St. Louis first-round draft choice Alex Barron in camp as a tryout player. Barron and Irvin matched up several times during practice, with Barron at left tackle and Irvin at defensive end.
“He’s a big dude,” Irvin said about Barron. “He’s about 6-6, 6-7. So going against him isn’t going to do nothing but make me better every day.”
Barron had some kind works to say about Irvin.
“He’s a pretty good player,” Barron said. “I saw him a little bit in college. He’s a hard worker. A hard rusher – speed – and he’s got some moves on him.”
* Duke tight end Cooper Helfet and receivers Phil Bates of Ohio University and UW’s Jermaine Kearse were on the receiving end of a lot of passes from Wilson.
* Seattle fifth round draft choice Korey Toomer looks like a player. He’s long at 6-2, 234 pounds and moves well. Toomer played SAM today and corralled an interception off of a tipped ball.
* Running back Robert Turbin is physically put together like former Seattle running back Julius Jones, and actually looked a little bit like Juice wearing No. 22. Turbin’s pretty shifty and explosive when he gets into the open field.
* Wash said the addition of defensive tackle Jaye Howard and defensive end Greg Suggs should help improve Seattle’s pass rush on third down. But also watch for Nebraska defensive end Pierre Allen, who was stashed on the team’s practice squad last year. He looked good in drills today.
* Sixth round draft choice safety Winston Guy did not practice today because he’s recovering from recent shoulder surgery. Portland State safety DeShawn Shead also did not practice because of an undisclosed injury.
* Doug Baldwin, Ricardo Lockette and Earl Thomas were among the Seattle players watching the workout along the sidelines.
* Sixth round draft choice Jeremy Lane will get a look as Seattle’s nickel back, and had a couple pass deflections in coverage today.
* Montana cornerback Donny Lisowski made a couple nice defensive plays on deep balls against bigger receivers, batting down a ball to University of Oregon product Lavasier Tuinei and intercepting another pass to Bates.
* Second round draft choice Bobby Wagner looked solid taking his first reps at middle linebacker.