The highlight throws were there today for Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
Specifically, Wilson hit receiver Golden Tate on a pretty deep ball for a chunk pla in team drills, and also twice connected with Ben Obomanu for big gains on the final drive of practice – his best drive of the day.
However, in between Wilson missed high a lot and took a couple unnecessary sacks that led to an uneven performance with the starting unit.
Wilson understands that he has a long ways to go, but overall was pleased with his performance.
“I thought we did a great job on offense today,” Wilson said. “The defense did a good job, too. It was a good day because we got to change the ball and move the field a little bit more than normal. We got to play more football, and real live type practicing.”
Part of Wilson’s growth process is the meticulous notes he takes off the field chronicling his play. Along with the iPad the each player receives with a playbook loaded onto it, Wilson said he has three notebooks that he pours through daily and uses as a study guide away from the practice field – one each for pass plays, run plays and protections.
“My goal is to have great attention to detail every single time I step onto the field,” Wilson said. “And also have great attention to detail in the film room. And so I’m taking tons and tons of notes – I’ve always taken a lot of notes, but I’m doing that even more now playing in the National Football League.”
After Matt Flynn took the majority of the snaps during practice on Thursday, Wilson took the majority of the snaps today, while Tarvaris Jackson worked with the second unit and Flynn worked with the third group.
I thought Jackson looked solid today, leading them to a field goal during two-minute drills. He was more decisive in where he was going with the football and more accurate than he has been in days past.
And Flynn was impressive with the third group, leading them to two scoring drives, including touchdown passes to tight end Sean McGrath and rookie receiver Lavasier Tuinei.
Flynn also did a nice job of coaxing the defense offside with a hard cadence during the two-minute drill.
Overall, it’s another training camp day in the books in this three-way quarterback competition that doesn’t appear to be heading toward a conclusion any time soon.
Jackson is expected to work with the first unit again on Saturday, and the Seahawks have a controlled scrimmage scheduled for Sunday.
– Rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner (quad) did not practice today, so veteran Barrett Ruud got his first opportunity to work with the first unit. Ruud move well and looked more athletic than anticipated.
– TE Kellen Winslow suffered what appeared to be a cramp during practice and did not finish.
– WR Ricardo Lockette had two more drops today and also lined up in the wrong spot during two-minute drill with the first unit.
– WR Kris Durham finally made some plays today.
– WR Braylon Edwards looked better during 1-on-1 drills and showed a good ability to get off press coverage. But he also appears to still be working himself back in shape, breathing heavily in-between plays.
– Along with Wagner, WR Antonio Bryant, LB Matt McCoy (knee), LB Jameson Konz (shoulder), TE Anthony McCoy (hamstring) and WR Doug Baldwin (leg) did not practice today. Deon Butler worked with the first unit in the slot with Baldwin out. CB Walter Thurmond (leg) and OL James Carpenter (knee) remain on the pup list. DL Clinton McDonald had his right hand wrapped in a club but still practiced.
– Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell used the radio to call-in plays today.
– Marcus Trufant’s youngest brother, UW product Desmond Trufant, was at practice today.