He only missed completing the pass by a couple inches in today’s practice, but Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson didn’t forget.
And he didn’t wait long to correct the mistake, making that throw over and over to the corner of the end zone, with quarterback coach Carl Smith standing by his side.
“I always believe to try and fix right then and there,” he said. “And just focus on it. So that way when you walk off the field I feel like I really accomplished that throw today. I don’t want to be going home and thinking, ‘Aw, I really missed that throw today.’ Now I feel a little bit better about it. I made the completion, whatever it is.”
Wilson repeated that scene each day after practice this week at minicamp. He’s a player constantly looking to perfect his craft.
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Wilson looked more comfortable working with the first unit offense today. He made a couple impressive throws, but missed on others, including a diving interception by Richard Sherman, who went up high to pull down the ball on a go-route over the outstretched arms of Kris Durham.
Wilson also appeared in control, sometimes correcting veteran receivers like Kellen Winslow if he didn’t feel the route was run correctly, something you seldom see a rookie quarterback do.
“Playing quarterback you have to be able to help everybody else out and facilitate the offense,” Wilson said. “So if somebody’s in the wrong spot, or if I’m not seeing that guy, I’m trying to ask him, ‘Hey, what are you thinking here?’ So that’s the main thing.”
Other than a short trip back home to Richmond, Virginia to run a football camp for a few days, Wilson says he plans on staying in Seattle during his off time and continuing to perfect his craft.
“I’m really excited to just get in here on my own,” Wilson said. “Watch my film. Really criticize myself, and figure out the things I’m doing really well, figure out the things I could do better and keep growing from it.”
Here’s what Seattle head coach Pete Carroll had to say about the quarterback competition heading into training camp.
“It’s going to take us until we start playing games to see something happen I think,” Carroll said. “At this point, they’re doing everything they can do with the opportunities. And they look good.
“I can’t tell you that there’s anything that has happened other than we’ll stay with the same format going into camp, I don’t think that will change. T-Jack will go first, and away we go. Other than that, let the games begin”
* Carroll said linebacker Brian Banks looked better today than he did yesterday, and that he exceeded expectations in his performance on the field. Carroll said the team has not made a decision on whether to add Banks to the 90-man roster.
“He looked much more comfortable than I thought he would,” Carroll said. “And he’s not in good shape yet. … But I was really, really surprised that he fit it as well as he did.
“Size-wise, strength-wise and all that kind of stuff, he’s in the right kind of profile, so he did a good job. We’ve got to look at the film, see what’s going on with that. But I was real proud of him today.”
* With the exception of offensive lineman James Carpenter and cornerback Walter Thurmond, Carroll expects all of the injured players who sat out during minicamp to be ready for training camp in late July.
* The offense and defense had a field goal competition to decide the winner at the end of practice. Defensive end Bruce Irvin drilled a 20-yard field goal through the up rights, while offensive lineman Duece Lutui was wide right on his attempt, which you can see in the photo above.