The way Russell Wilson commands the huddle and his on-field presence are old hat now.
However, what’s been more noticeable the past few days in watching the rookie quarterback sling the ball around is how much more accurate he is, particularly on go routes and passes over the middle of the field.
Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith said that Wilson has improved on his pass protection calls and information that he provides in the huddle. But he also confirmed that Wilson has been more accurate throwing the ball down the field.
“He’s progressed on throws,” Smith said. “He’s better on up balls and seam balls than he was when he got here. He wasn’t on any one of those in spring ball. And he is now, and he hit them today. So I’m really happy with him.”
And we saw that today, with Wilson hitting Braylon Edwards in stride on a go route from Wilson.
“Overall, he’s progressed big time,” Smith said. “He’s taken big leaps, and it’s from his work ethic. He just stays on it and he loves it.”
Wilson said he’s ready to take the next step on Saturday against Tennessee.
“I’ve definitely really picked up my game a lot,” Wilson said. “I think I’ve improved every day – that’s my goal. Every time I wake up in the morning it’s just be great today.
“And I definitely think I’ve grown, and learned the system really well. I feel confident with the protections, calls and everything. And just throwing the ball to the receivers – that’s the thing that I’ve noticed – just making the connections to the receivers that much more because I’ve thrown a 1,000 more balls to those guys now.”
Terrell Owens once again flashed in practice today, making a couple nice catches on throws from Wilson. The first was on a corner route while lining up in a slot. Wilson put the ball right on Owens, who was blanketed by Jeremy Lane.
Owens also made a nice grab on a fade ball for a touchdown against Marcus Trufant on another nice throw by Wilson.
“Terrell made a great catch,” Wilson said. “He came down with the football and that’s the main thing – touchdown.”
However, the team did confirmed today an earlier report that Owens did suit up in shoulder pads a day earlier than he was supposed to, according to the new collective bargaining agreement.
According to the CBA, players have a 3-day acclimation period during the preseason. Day 1 is for the physical and meetings. Day 2 and 3 the player may participate, but only in helmet and shells or a padded shirt. Day 4 and for the rest of camp is in full pads.
I’ve been told the league is looking into the matter.
Rice gets some team reps
Sidney Rice pleaded enough with head coach Pete Carroll so that he was allowed to get some team reps in 7-on-7 and team drills today. Rice still wore the a red jersey, which means he did not participate in any contact today.
But Rice ran some routes during team drills – even a wide receiver screen – and looked fast running after the catch. However, he did drop a pass over the middle of the defense.
Moffitt goes down
Seahawks offensive lineman John Moffitt suffered an apparent injury to his left arm in the early portion of practice during blocking drills. I did not see the injury occur, but Curtis Crabtree of KJR did, and apparently Moffitt was in some pain.
Deuce Lutui replaced Moffitt at right guard with the first unit offensive line.
DL Alan Branch (leg), WR Doug Baldwin (hamstring), WR Ricardo Lockette (hamstring) and LB Matt McCoy (knee) did not practice. TE Cameron Morrah (uknown) and CB Brandon Browner (unknown) were new additions to the injured list. Phillips Adams ran at cornerback with the first unit with Browner out. LB Jameson Konz (shoulder) returned to practice, but on a limited basis. TE Kellen Winslow (knee) also returned to practice. TE Cooper Helfet switched from No. 43 to No. 84.