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Wilson looking forward to performing at Qualcomm Stadium; father played for Chargers

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm with 27 Comments »
August 6, 2013 2:01 pm

For the first time in his NFL career, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gets an opportunity to play in the same stadium his late father played his home games during his short tenure with the San Diego Chargers.

Harrison Wilson III graduated from Dartmouth, where he played football and basketball.

He later attended law school at the University of Virginia, but after receiving his law degree, Harrison Wilson III was invited to training camp with the San Diego Chargers in 1980 for a tryout. Called “The Professor” by his teammates because of his Ivy League background, Harrison Wilson III bunked with Kellen Winslow, Sr., and was one of the last roster cuts for the Chargers that season.

Wilson’s father passed away three years ago after a long battle with diabetes.

Russell Wilson said he’d like to play the entire game, but will have to be content with getting a few series in Seattle’s exhibition opener on Thursday.

“I’m excited to get back out on the field,” Wilson said. “I’m excited to go to San Diego. That’s where my dad played at one point. So just to be able to go back there and think about those memories stuff – he didn’t play there for very long, but still it means a lot to me.”

The Seahawks worked specifically on red zone offense today, but one of the things Wilson said the team needs to focus on improving during the regular season is converting more third down opportunities.

“If we can just get one more first down every game,” Wilson said. “If you think about, with 16 regular-season game, that’s 16 more third downs. We probably had a 190 or so third down plays last year, and if we can get just 16 more of those to be first downs, you think about that percentage and what that is. …. I think that’s the way I’m looking at it right now.”

Injury update

After leaving midway through practice on Monday, James Carpenter did not practice today. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll did not address reporters after practice, and will not talk until tomorrow, so I have no update as far as Carpenter’s injury status.

A first-round pick for Seattle in the 2011 draft, Carpenter began training camp on the field after missing most of the team’s offseason program to rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery on his already surgically repaired knee. Although we have heard nothing from the team, but my educated guess is his injury is not serious, and Seahawks are taking a conservative approach with Carpenter to make sure he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.

Along with Carpenter, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel has a groin issue and left midway through practice. Running back Christine Michael left the field midway through practice with someone from the team’s training staff and did not return.

Offensive lineman Mike Person was a new addition sitting out as well today, wearing a walking boot on his left foot.

Others who remain out included defensive end Bruce Irvin (groin), defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring), running back Robert Turbin (foot), cornerback Ron Parker (hamstring), tight end Darren Fells (hamstring), receiver Early Doucet (undisclosed), receiver Bryant Walters (undisclosed) and center Max Unger (undisclosed).

Defensive tackle Jesse Williams (knee), defensive lineman Michael Bennett (leg) and receiver Stephen Williams (neck) returned to practice today. Although Williams wore a red jersey, signaling he was not allowed to have contact.

Zach Miller, Chris Clemons, Tharold Simon, Percy Harvin and Greg Scruggs remain on the physically unable to perform list. Korey Toomer remains on the non-football injury list.

Some tidbits

* Receiver Perez Ashford had a nice touchdown reception from Russell Wilson on an inside route against the first-unit defense.

* Brady Quinn found rookie receiver Chris Harper for a touchdown on a seam route against cornerback Jeremy Lane.

* Byron Maxwell picked off yet another pass during team drills, taking it back for a touchdown.

*Brandon Browner was back working at cornerback with the first unit for the majority of the reps today.

* Both Cliff Avril and Robert Turbin were out getting in agility and conditioning work with the trainers after practice.

* With Unger and Person out, Lemuel Jeanpierre worked at center with the first unit.

Leave a comment Comments → 27
  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Thanks Eric….

  2. montanamike2 says:

    Byron Maxwell is making it hard to cut him. I hope Carpenter is OK.

  3. The lighter the practices are being mandated it seems more guys get hurt!!!

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Eric,

    Where has Maxwell been playing, right or left corner?

  5. Ashford is stepping it up, and quick! He might just make the WR cuts a LOT more interesting! Not that Im really pulling for him, as my boy Kearse is making this team and I really want Harper and Williams to make it too…and that Walters kid just wont quit….but I loves me some Underdog…

    Early Doucet is toast. Dude shows up, gets hurt, isnt fast or big…I like the guy and I hope he makes it somewhere, but no way is he beating out the logjam ahead of him…Too bad, because the dude can play football, whatever his measurables/stats say.

  6. Winston Guy has to beat out Maragos or Johnson since Maxwell is looking good…Lane may be on the bubble too, despite his showing last year.

    Guy is gone like the water, down to NYC…

    Winfield really might lose out on his spot, which would suck for him. He’s still doing well, but he’s expensive and with WT3 stepping up and all those young guys looking good, Seattle may have to cut bait with him…

  7. Guy and Maxwell are directly competing against each other. Yes everyone competes for the 53 but Maxwell is playing CB while Guy is listed as a SS.

    I would be worried if they let Winfield go since we don’t know if WT3 is going to make it a season, heck we don’t know if we will make it to the next Series.

  8. Maxwell can play S as well as CB. He’s versatile. They thought Guy was, but he’s just not getting it done. Besides, if the corners are this good, Seattle may choose to keep one less true S, and keep an extra CB or hybrid. Thus its looking like Maxwell makes the team, and Guy doesnt…and its either let Lane go, or let either Maragos or Johnson go…gonna be a tough call, and there’s the whole preseason to go before anything is decided.

  9. pabuwal says:

    They won’t let Winfield go this year. They are all in to win this year and won’t take the chance on anything (ie injuries) derailing that. That means not squandering depth at a prized position.

  10. Dukeshire: He’s listed on the depth at LCB, but he’s been working both sides in practice and playing a little nickel.

  11. Last year they kept 6/5 – not a sure thing they will do the same this year but it totally means they could. Especially since these are the guys that will make up some ST places as well.

  12. SEA cut TE Michael Palmer and signed DT Martin Parker (Giants) today.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “The lighter the practices are being mandated it seems more guys get hurt!!!”

    It sure seems that way doesn’t it.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    From Seahawks.com on todays practice-

    “Never-ending: After cornerback Byron Maxwell intercepted a Tarvaris Jackson pass that went off wide receiver Perez Ashford and returned it up the sideline, guard John Moffitt broke from the offensive pack and chased him down to steal the ball from behind. As Moffitt was returning with the ball held aloft in his right hand, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner chased Moffitt down to slap the ball from his grasp.”

    I would have loved to see that play. Lol.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    Thanks Eric.

    STTBM – Guy is a SS and Maragos is FS. Guy has never played CB here. In addition, when has Maxwell played either safety position? To my knowledge, he has not.

  16. In the competition for a couple of DB roster spots between Maxwell, Guy, Johnson, and Maragos, I’d look for their work on special teams to be the differentiator.

    Anything can happen, but I’m expecting Guy to stick since he’s the only big SS on the roster besides Kam. And I would expect Maragos to stick since he’s the only fast FS on the roster besides ET. Also, Maragos was a special teams monster last year.

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I don’t know if Maxwell ever played either safety position at any level, but coming out of College it was projected by some that safety would be his best position to succeed in the NFL.

    Something about not having fluid enough hip movement for corner.

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BTW- What has Guy done to help this team yet? Special teams or other wise?

    He may be big but so far he has proven to be a bigger dumb A$$.

  19. Skavage says:

    I don’t know if my gut feeling is accurate or not but it sure seems like there are a LOT of knee injuries across the league this year during camp. I swear PFT reports at least 1 or 2 every day. I’d be very curious to know if there are any hard stats to back up my feeling and if there are, I’d be very interested in knowing if they could somehow be attributed to the practice changes with the CBA.

  20. freedom_X says:

    If Doucet gets released, he can probably get a job with the Eagles instantly.

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Skavage,
    Perhaps the injuries are partly due to knuckleheads like Guy who decide to take advantage of the players that abide by the new rules.

    Wilson sighting!
    Check out the end of this video where they say that Wilson would make reading the tag on a mattress interesting, or something like that. Lol.

    http://www.fieldgulls.com/2013/8/6/4595810/russell-wilson-interviewed-on-espn

  22. Kingpear says:

    How long before we see ACIB become JCIB?

  23. I do like the idea of Thrumond/Maxwell having a chance of returning kicks – I think Michael would be interesting as a temp kick returner.

    I think Thurmond will be very good, not sure about the other guys but intriguing to me.

  24. ruminator1 says:

    i don’t think Doucet showed up and got injured

  25. LBCHawk says:

    Lane’s not getting cut guys. Sorry to break it to you but I think he’s safer than Winfield. And I say that thinking Winfield isn’t going anywhere. Remember Leave speed up and Pete loves his speed. Add to that the fact he’s a core special teamer. And that makes him very safe.

  26. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Agree LBCHawk.

  27. no reason that both cant be on the roster – Last year they kept 6. if they do that again it could look like:
    Sherman
    Browner
    Thurmond
    Winfield
    Lane
    Maxwell

    obviously, they are going to keep guys based on current level of play at CB/salary/needs/ST – which ever guys best fit whatever formula Pete has is who stays. I would not be surprised at all if they are the 6 they keep

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