He looked crisp running routes and caught the ball with confidence. But mostly Seneca Wallace looked like he belonged in his first full practice at wide receiver.
Because of Seattle's injuries to its top four wide outs, back-up quarterback Seneca Wallace worked out with the receivers and it appears he will see considerable time at the position, and perhaps start on Sunday.
Along with Wallace, newcomers Billy McMullen and Samie Parker saw their first reps with the Seahawks, as Seattle looks to fill in the gaps left by injured veterans Deion Branch, Bobby Engram and Nate Burleson.
"I think for the first day it went pretty well," Wallace said. "It felt good. You know it's different. You've been working at quarterback all of your life and then you go over there and do some drills. But I felt pretty good."
Along with the two new receivers, punter Jon Ryan also got his first work at practice, replacing Ryan Plackemeier on the roster. Ryan held for Olindo Mare during field goal work in the special teams period.
And the Seahawks appear to have got some good news/bad knews on two players it released in Jordan Kent and Justin Forsett. Kent cleared waivers and practiced with the team on Thursday and is back on the practice squad, with receivers coach Keith Gilbertson telling Kent it was nice for him to join the team as he ran onto the field midway through practice. While Justin Forsett apparently did not make it through waivers and reportedly was picked up by Indianapolis.
Kent said he received some inquiries through his agent from other teams but ultimately no one claimed him.
"Obviously with the numbers and everything like that, you don't know what they're going to do," said Kent about still being in Seattle. "But you know they obviously had to bring in some veteran help because we were a depleted core. And we were young. So they made a decision that they felt was going to help the team win on Sunday.
"And for me to help the team win on Sunday is to go out there and do the best I can on the practice squad. So I'm going to do all I can in my control to help them win. Sometimes you can't try to understand the reason. You've just got to say it's out of my control, it's
their decision, just keep doing what you're doing."
McMillen is tall (6-4, 215) and has pretty good hands. McMillen said he already feels comfortable in the offense because of his experience in the West Coast offense in both Philadelphia and Washington.
"I wouldn't say it's slow, and I wouldn't say they're throwing it at me," McMillen said about the extent the Seahawks are throwing the playbook at him. "But pretty much every time they put me out there I knew what I was doing."
Parker said he brings big-play ability.
"Being in the Pacific Northwest guys have seen me play at Oregon and know what I'm capable of doing," he said. "So I'm just going to try and translate that to the NFL level and do it here."
Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack worked at right guard during team drills and said after practice he's ready to go.
Veteran receiver Bobby Engram said it's difficult to watch and not be able to contribute, but he wants to make sure he's fully healed before he takes the field, which means he probably will not come back until after the bye week.
"I'm just trying to keep my conditioning at a high level so when I come back I won't miss a beat," Engram said. "Everything in me wants to be out there for this game. But I don't think that would be a smart decision for me personally or for my team."