That was Percy Harvin talking about the state of the offense — “We are on schedule, for the most part” — following today’s practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Friday night’s third exhibition game against Chicago.
But that’s a mere tease to the rest of what the Seahawks’ game-breaker said today.
Harvin has looked almost supersonic at times this summer, his first practices since offseason surgery on his hip. He said earlier this month that he’s found “another gear.” It’s certainly higher than any he had last season. In 2013 he appeared in just one regular-season game, the playoff game against New Orleans (before he got KO’d from that with a concussion) and then his zooming performance in the Super Bowl.
So today I asked the sixth-year veteran from Florida when the last time was he felt this healthy, this fast.
Harvin paused for a moment to ponder that.
It’s the only time he’s been slowed this summer.
“Maybe before college,” he said.
“All the injuries I’ve had, a couple extra (months) to heal up from everything last year … everything that I had with my hip, it controlled a lot — the hamstring, the knee problems. My legs are feeling how they are supposed to feel. Very fluid. Very smooth.
“Like I said, it’s all good.”
That could be all bad for opposing defensive coordinators this season.
–Today’s practice was light, in shorts and helmets — no pads — a Friday-like practice two days before a game. Expect the starters to play into the second half in what amounts to their final “dress rehearsal” before the Sept. 4 opener against Green Bay. The Aug. 28 exhibition finale at Oakland will, as usual, probably have just cameo appearances by the starters with the rest of the Raiders game devoted to determining the final jobs before cuts to the 53-man regular-season roster are due Aug. 30.
“I believe that coach is going to want us to play though the half and probably through the third quarter, I’d assume,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “I’m excited of getting out there and playing the first half and hopefully a little bit more and seeing how we do.”
–After practice, Lakewood’s Jermaine Kearse joined Seahawks teammates Steven Hauschka (who says he has a five handicap — ah, the life of kickers) and Cooper Helfet in a pitching-wedge competition with Seattle-area native and professional golfer Fred Couples and some guy in gray, 12th-man socks named Steve Ballmer. They took three shots each from the northwest edge of the VMAC’s fields aiming for a hole on an island green floating about 90 yards offshore. Hauschka put one on the green. Kearse and Helfet splashed all three of their tries into Lake Washington. Couples and Ballmer each put two of their three shots on — Ballmer’s third shot smashed a remote “GoPro” camera that
a team staffer had mounted into the ground a few yards in front of the shot area.
Told that camera cost $2 billion to replace, the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers laughed and shot back, “That’s what everything costs these days.”
Couples and Ballmer went to a final-round playoff, which Ballmer won.
He isn’t sure how he beat a Senior PGA Tour star, who is back home to play in this week’s Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
“I’m a random-number generator when it comes to golf swings,” Ballmer said.