We had a perfect afternoon for spring football here at the VMAC, and under ideal running conditions we got a chance to see the explosiveness of new running back Robert Turbin.
It was a pretty sight.
On a couple different occasions Turbin burst through the line of scrimmage, left a defender grasping for air on a juke move at the second level and exploded down the sideline.
Turbin also showed his versatility, shaking open on a deep ball and hauling in a pass for a 50-yard gain.
The Utah State product said he’s still adjusting to his new environment, and looks forward to practice next week with the veterans during the team’s next set of OTAs.
“When Monday comes around and we get a chance to work with the vets, they’re going to teach us how to do it,” Turbin said. “They’re going to teach us how to be professionals.
“They’re going to teach us how professionals work, and it will be a great learning experience for us rookies. So that we can not only be rookies, but come in and have enough of an affect to help the team this season.”
Turbin also talked about his running style and how it’s different than the way Lynch runs.
“I like to think of myself as a balanced back,” Turbin said. “So I can bring the physical tools. I can get downhill, do my best to break tackles and things like that.
“But I think I have enough agility and quickness to make people miss in space. I have a good enough knowledge of the game and I think I’m fast enough to run routes at the slot position and catch the ball out of the backfield on a consistent basis, which helps me be able to play all four downs of the game.”
* Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said new middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was solid on his first day, but played even better today.
Wagner echoed that sentiment, saying he’s getting more comfortable in his new role inside.
“I felt like I understood the plays more,” Wagner said. “I knew what was coming at me. I knew where I had to drop a little bit better because I had time to go out on the field and practice and go back in and look at it over on film. So I felt a little bit more comfortable today than I did yesterday.”
No surprise here, but Wagner talked about the fact that Seattle linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. has been riding him the entire time he’s been in camp.
“He’s been great,” Wagner said. “He’s been very energetic. He’s been on my butt the whole time. So I’m just trying to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can.”
* Fourth round draft choice Jaye Howard talked about his increased production in his final season at Florida.
Howard went from 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks his junior season to 65 tackles and 5.5 sacks his senior year.
Howard pointed to the hiring of former Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn as his team’s defensive coordinator, along with his new defensive line coach, former San Francisco defensive lineman Bryant Young, for his increased production.
“Coach Quinn is one of the best coaches I’ve had,” Howard said. “And Bryant Young, he’s a player that I watched growing up. And you’re going to take heed to someone like that; you’re going to listen to what they have to say.”
Howard has played mostly 3-tech during this weekend’s practices and has been a disruptive force.
* Head coach Pete Carroll eased up on Russell Wilson’s reps. Quarterback Chris Hart got an opportunity to take some reps today and showed off a live arm with some decent accuracy.
Wilson still was pretty impressive throwing the ball today, but was late a couple times on deep balls.
* Montana cornerback Donny Lisowski continues to impress. He had another interception today, this time inside on the slot, and even played a little bit of receiver during individual drills.
* Southern Mississippi defensive end Cordarro Law flashed as a pass rusher a couple times during team drills.
* North Dakota State’s Josh Gatlin also had a nice interception during team drills.
* Receiver Phil Bates continues to show that he’s a real deal, flashing strong hands and good ball skills in traffic. At 6-1 and 220 pounds, Bates is a former quarterback at Ohio University still learning the position.