No one appeared more pleased with the fact that the Seattle Seahawks were putting the pads on for the first time this morning than second-year pro K.J. Wright.
The oohs and aahs came first during 9-7 running drills, when Wright welcomed rookie Robert Turbin to the league by drilling the Utah State product, knocking him on his back a couple yards behind the line of scrimmage on a running play.
Wright continued to flash that physcial attitude during the drill by standing up Kregg Lumpkin as a lead blocker in the running drills.
And Wright also decleated veteran receiver Antonio Bryant on crossing route during team drills.
“I had to come out here and show these boys what’s up, especially with these rookies,” Wright said. “You’ve got to put a pop on them, and let them know how practice is going to be from here on out.
“This is the big boys. We’re hitting so get your pads low.”
Not surprisingly, receiver Doug Baldwin did not take too kindly to Wright’s hit on Bryant, and the two chirped at each other after the play was over.
“Doug chirps at everybody,” Wright said. “I ain’t going to back down from Doug. I told him what’s up, just like I tell everybody else.”
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson took the majority of the first team reps today, with Tarvaris Jackson working with the second unit and Matt Flynn working with the third unit.
Wilson looked in command again today, and really did a nice job of stepping up and throwing down the middle of the field when he felt pressure from the outside.
I also thought Wilson did a nice job of throwing the ball on the run outside the pocket on planned rollouts. I’m interested to see how he performs in the first preseason game against Tennessee in less-than two weeks.
Wilson said playing with veteran receivers like Sidney Rice and Kellen Winslow has helped in his development.
“It’s been to be out here with guys who have played in the National Football League, and have excelled at a very high level,” Wilson said. “To try to figure out, ‘Okay what are you going to do here if it’s man (coverage). Or if this guy’s on this leverage and it’s zone, what are you thinking’
“That’s how you have to talk to them, because you never know when you’re name is going to be called to be out on the field.”
* Golden Tate looks like he’s starting to toy with some of these cornerbacks now. He twice beat Brandon Browner deep, and also victimized rookie Jeremy Lane once.
* Ricardo Lockette also had a good day, tipping a ball to himself and catching it on a deep pattern in one-on-one drills. Lockette also had a nice catch on a deep crossing route from Flynn. He’s working mostly at split end right now.
* Kris Durham dropped another opportunity on a perfectly thrown deep ball from Tarvaris Jackson, failing to come up with the catch against safety Chris Maragos. However, Durham did redeem himself, making a nice catch on a comeback route thrown by Wilson outside the pocket.
* Kellen Winslow was back at practice today, and they used him more split out wide as a receiver. Seattle also ran more four-receiver sets today, so they seem to be installing more offense and expanding the playbook.
* I don’t know if there’s a legitimate competition at kicker, but Steven Hauschka made 2-of-2 from 53 and 55 yards, while rookie Carson Wiggs made one from 53, but hit his attempt from 55 yards off the left upright.
* Second-year pro Josh Portis, who hasn’t played a whole lot the past three days, got some reps during 7-on-7 passing drills.
* Offensive lineman Allen Barbre was on the field for the first time in training camp, returning from attending to a family situation.
* Along with PUP guys James Carpenter, Jermaine Kearse and Walter Thurmond, Alan Branch, Jason Jones, Jameson Konz, Ron Parker and Matt McCoy did not practice today.
* With the new CBA, the Seahawks have one more day of practice on Tuesday before taking a day off on Wednesday.
* Leon Washington, Doug Baldwin, Phillip Adams, Tyrell Sutton, Ben Obomanu, Coye Francies, Jeremy Lane and Lockette all worked on retuning kicks.