Big receiver, big-play ability
Drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the Seattle Seahawks, University of Georgia product Kris Durham is looking to move up the depth chart in his second season.
At 6-6 and 216 pounds, Durham has the prototypical size and speed the Seahawks are looking for at the split end position, and will compete for playing time at the spot with last year’s starter Mike Williams released before training camp.
Durham averaged a whopping 20.6 yards per reception his senior season for the Bulldogs.
“It was a little bit of a rust shake-off,” Durham said about his first few days at training camp. “Everybody is out there competing, which is the name of the game. I just need to continue to get better. There’s a lot of little things I need to work on, like getting off press coverage and getting in and out of breaks.”
A season of learning
The Seahawks shut down Durham eight games into his rookie season in 2011 because of a labrum tear in his shoulder that he suffered during his college days at Georgia. Durham had surgery to fix that issue. And along with rehabilitating the injury, Durham worked to gain more weight so he can better take the pounding of a 16-game regular season.
“It took me awhile to sit down and kind of realize I wasn’t playing,” Durham said. “But once I was able to comprehend and realize my season’s next year, I was able to watch some of the older guys and pick up some of the hints that they get, and jus watching the DBs and pick up some of their tendencies.”
Whatever it takes
Although he’s a big receiver, Durham has versatility to play inside as a slot receiver and along with on the perimeter. He does a nice job of getting in and out of cuts and creating separation for a big guy.
“I’m just a competitor,” Durham said. “I try to go out there, go up for the ball and do whatever it takes to win, whether it’s blocking, running or tackling – it doesn’t matter – whatever it takes to win games.”
Receivers stick together
Durham was one of several Seattle receivers that travelled to Minnesota to workout at Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s receiver camp over the summer, joining teammates Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Richardo Lockette.
Durham said that although the young guys are all fighting for roster spots, they remain supportive of each other.
“We’re a tight-knit group,” Durham said. “Doug (Baldwin), me, Ricardo (Lockette), Obo (Ben Obomanu) – it doesn’t matter – we’re a tight-knit group. And you can see when we go against the DBs that they’re a tight-knit group, and we just go after each other.”