A day after Tarvaris Jackson showed off his fastball with the first unit, Matt Flynn put on a clinic on how to throw guys open with impressive anticipation.
Flynn took the majority of the first unit snaps on Wednesday. And the LSU product did a nice job of working the middle of the field and taking what the defense gave him.
Tights ends Kellen Winslow, Zach Miller, Cameron Morrah and other inside receivers benefited from Flynn’s ability to drop the ball over the second level of the defense and in front of the safeties.
Flynn also connected with Doug Baldwin on a deep pass during team drills.
And he also found out what happens when you test Earl Thomas – interceptions. Flynn tried to hit Deon Butler down the middle of the field on a deep post route, but cornerback Richard Sherman had baited him into the throw, and Thomas used his trademark speed to get under it and pick the ball off.
“I got first-hand experience to see how fast Earl was today,” Flynn said. “I get a two-minute situation and I’ve got Deon streaking down and I throw it and I’m like, ‘That might be a touchdown.’ Then all of a sudden, I see this flash come across. I don’t think I’ve had a DB back there – a safety especially – with that kind of speed. He can cover sideline to sideline.”
Overall, just as Jackson did the day before, Flynn looked sharp working with the first unit.
In a three-way battle with Russell Wilson and Jackson for the starting quarterback job, Flynn talked about not pressing – feeling like you have to throw a 60-yard touchdown on every play.
“One trap is you go out there and you see someone complete a deep pass and you go, ‘Alright, next play I’ve got to throw deep,’” he said. “If you make a great pass, you’ve got to come back, if it’s not open, take the check down and keep rolling.”
* One of the things that has made it easier for the quarterbacks to execute is that, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, the Seahawks completed all of their installations during OTAs. So the offense is more focused on executing the playbook in certain situations like 2-minute, red zone and goal line. Seattle also had officials out on the field today.
* Receiver Charly Martin showed some flashes today, including going up high to make a catch over safety Winston Guy and cornerback Ron Parker during a red zone period for a touchdown.
* Russell Wilson made a pretty pass to Deon Butler on an out route during 7-on-7. Wilson looked more comfortable running the offense today.
* No Chris Clemons for a second day. Others who were on hand but did not practice fully include Mike Williams, Jermaine Kearse, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond, Chris Maragos, Barrett Ruud, Malcolm Smith, Byron Maxwell, James Carpenter and Monte Taylor.
* Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins was at practice this afternoon.