In his first meeting against one of the best quarterbacks in the game, Peyton Manning, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson more than held his own.
Wilson finished 10 of 17 for 155 yards and two touchdown passes in a 30-10 win over the Broncos in Denver during exhibition play last year, part of an efficient preseason performance that helped him win the quarterback job.
Now, Wilson once again gets to matchup with Manning, although this time as Seattle’s starter.
“He’s one of the best quarterbacks of all time,” Wilson said. “He’s done a lot of great things. I’ll definitely be standing up and watching him, and try to get a few nuggets here and there.”
Wilson will try to get Seattle’s offense going on Saturday when Denver travels to CenturyLink Field, after failing to score on the first-unit’s only two drives against San Diego last week.
“Obviously when you have more reps, you get more plays throughout the game and you get more rhythm,” Wilson said. “So I think that’s the biggest thing for us – can we get into a rhythm and stay into a rhythm throughout the game.”
Speaking of rhythm, Wilson and the rest of the first-unit offense was in a good rhythm in the red zone at today’s practice, with Seattle’s starting quarterback making several good throws into tight windows for touchdowns.
One of the things that helped Wilson the last, two days of practice is the addition of veteran receiver Sidney Rice working more with the first unit during team drills.
“Having Sidney out there is a luxury,” Wilson said. “Having him out there is so nice. He has so much ability to catch the ball. I was talking with my quarterbacks coach, Coach (Carl) Smith this morning, when we were out here early getting extra reps, and just watching Sidney catching the ball, his catching radius is so amazing. Anything you throw to him, he’ll catch it.
“So just to be able to throw to him – a guy who’s so knowledgeable about the game, and a guy who’s a leader for our wide receivers – it’s good to have him.”
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn talked about rookie defensive tackle Jesse Williams, saying there’s room for improvement.
“Like a lot of players, there were some plays where you thought, ‘That’s exactly what we’re looking for,’” Quinn said. “And then there were some others where you said, ‘Well, we can do that better.’ So I know we’re going to get him so more work as we’re moving forward. He’s been limited some, but I think the arrow is certainly going up.”
* Nineteen players did not practice today. New additions to the sidelines include defensive end Jesse Williams (knee) and linebacker Bobby Wagner (shoulder).
Players returning to practice today include tight end Darren Fells (hamstring) and offensive lineman Mike Person (calf), although Person was a limited participant in practice.
Other players who did not practice include DB Byron Maxwell (ankle), WR Bryan Walters (hamstring), DE Ty Powell (thigh bruise), DE Cliff Avril (hamstring), OL James Carpenter (foot), DL Michael Bennett (undisclosed), RB Christine Michael (back spasms), CB Ron Parker (hamstring), DL Tony McDaniel (groin) and DE Jaye Howard (shoulder).
DE Chris Clemons (knee), TE Zach Miller (foot), CB Tharold Simon (foot), WR Percy Harvin (hip) and DL Greg Scruggs (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. LB Korey Toomer (hip) remains on the non-football injury list.
* TE Cooper Helfet had a good practice today, making a one-handed catch on a wheel route for a touchdown, and going up high to haul in another pass over the middle for a touchdown.
* John Moffitt and J.R. Sweezy were rotating every two reps with the first unit, as the competition at right guard continues.
* Robert Turbin struggled a little bit catching the ball today, dropping two passes during red zone drills.
* Heath Farwell got some work at middle linebacker with the first unit.
* O’Brien Schofield worked as a pass rusher with the first unit during nickel pass-rush situations.
* Jordan Hill worked at defensive tackle with the base defense today, in place of Jesse Williams.
* TE Jameson Konz switched from No. 46 to No. 87, while receiver Donavon Kemp is now wearing No. 1.
* Marshawn Lynch tried his hand at punting today, with predictable results, shanking one about 20 yards.
* Turbin joined the competition at kick returner for the Seahawks. Along with Turbin, Jeremy Lane, Perez Ashford, Jermaine Kearse, DeShawn Shead and Will Blackmon returned kicks today.