The first day of training camp for a team is usually rusty. For the Seahawks, this was no difference. With the QB controversy, and the WR group not really looking all that great, things didn’t go so well. The QB’s looked none too impressive themselves. Nearly every player was in camp the first day, but they definitely were not on the same page.
QB’s take center stage once again. Jackson and Wilson bowed to Flynn on the second day, and Flynn put on a clinic. He stepped up and made pass after pass, making great reads on the defense, and throwing some nice checkdown passes. Wilson played with the second unit, while Jackson played with the third. Rice removed his red jersey, but continued to be limited in the game. Wilson got the nod to start with the first team on day three, as Jackson took the second team, bumping Flynn down to the third team. Wilson made huge improvements with the main stars at WR.
“I snuck it on, I know I’m not supposed to be in contact drills,” Rice added. “I’ll stay out of that stuff. I wanted to be in the blue with the rest of the (offense). I’m not a quarterback, so I don’t want to wear a red jersey.”
With Rice recovering from the off-season surgeries to both shoulders, other receivers have been stepping up. Golden Tate has been making waves across the Seahawk nation as he is seemingly starting to learn the playbook.
“I’ve always been the guy you’re throwing the ball to,” Tate said. “I never had to work for my position. It was always given to me; I was always more athletic.”
The other parts of the group are stepping up too. Ben Obomanu has been running precise routes and catching off target passes. Deon Butler, with his uncanny straight line and precise cuts are making him a huge target to Matt Flynn. Ricardo Lockette is blazing up the field with his lightning speed and has been making nice grabs from off target passes. Doug Baldwin, well we don’t have to say too much about him, he is just been amazing since the Seahawks signed him. Kris Durham hasn’t been particularly impressive, at least not nearly as much as the others. He has been in the right place at the right times, and dropped a few sure catches, but overall been okay. Phil Bates has been making a Doug Baldwin impression, astounding the 12th man with his ability to stretch and make catches. With so many receivers on the team, and more being added its hard to say exactly which ones will be making it to the season games. Kellen Winslow is making a good impression on his part as well.
The Defense is well ahead of the offense this year, building chemistry with each other from the start. Richard Sherman is definitely the number one CB and will probably be making his first Pro Bowl appearance this year. Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor haven’t lost any communication as they are still working together beautifully, retaining the title of Lightning and Thunder. Browner is continuing his conquest in making things difficult for opposing WR’s.
The Defensive line is looking a lot better. Clemons and Irvin are rushing off the edges in the nickel packages, and severely limiting all three of our QBs timing in the pocket. Irvin looks as fast, if not faster that what everyone is talking about. New addition Jason Jones looks like he is set to become a huge addition to this Seahawks squad.
On Day three, the pads were added, the hits soon followed. K.J. Wright executed some decleating hits on Robert Turbin, Antonio Bryant, and Kregg Lumpkin.
“I had to come out here and show these boys what’s up, especially with these rookies. You’ve got to put a pop on them, and let them know how practice is going to be from here on out,” Wright said. ”This is the big boys. We’re hitting so get your pads low.”
The Seahawks are impressing more and more day after day. Day four will bring even more excitement, and we will cover it here. The receivers are starting to work in conjunction with the quarterbacks now, and the competitions are on. Which of the three QB’s is going to make it? Who is going to make the team on the long list of receivers? While it is still way too early to answer either of those questions, there is some hints flowing around on who is taking this seriously. The Seahawks are looking to take the NFL world by storm, and it begins now.