The Seattle Seahawks rookie minicamp over the weekend offered a rare opportunity for local prospects to show what they can do for the team they grew up rooting for as kids.
In my story today, tight end Kavario Middleton and defensive tackle Renard Williams are two players who took advantage of that opportunity.
A Parade All-American and ranked as the No. 2 tight end in high school, Middleton saw his college career take a detour when the University of Washington dismissed him after his sophomore season for team rules violations, which reportedly included a failed drug test.
But Middleton landed on his feet at the University of Montana, where he played two seasons for the Grizzlies, helping them reach the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff semifinals as a senior.
“It was a humbling, humbling development for me,” Middleton said. “But it was fun. I met some cool people over there.
“Being a local city kid from out here, and going out there, it was quite the transition for me. But it helps you grow up quickly and learn from your mistakes.”
Here’s my story on Russell Wilson joining the starting quarterback competition. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said he managed a three-way quarterback battle in 2009 at USC between Matt Barkley, Aaron Corp and Mitch Mustain, a competition true freshman Barkley ultimately won.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com wraps of up the final practice of the three-day rookie camp with this report. Carroll said that running back Robert Turbin had an excellent camp.
More Farnsworth: Carroll will get his first look at how Wilson looks compared to the other veteran quarterbacks beginning today during Phase II of Seattle’s offseason workout regimen.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes the last time a quarterback made a start as a rookie for Seattle was Rick Mirer in 1993. Mirer finished 6-10 that year.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated offers his thoughts on Russell Wilson joining the competition for the starting quarterback job in Seattle.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that Seattle draft picks like Bruce Irvin and Russell Wilson, considered reaches by some in the national media, could make an immediate impact this season.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports posts an interesting list of every team’s sack production on third down. The Seahawks are near the bottom of the list.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayarea.com reports that former Washington State University head coach Paul Wulff has joined the 49ers coaching staff as an senior offensive assistant.