Several local news sources are reporting that the Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to visit President Obama at the White House next Wednesday afternoon as part of the traditional off-season ceremony with the reigning Super Bowl champion. The White House had not officially released that information as of mid-afternoon, and the team was respecting the news embargo until the release.
Of more immediate interest, while stepping in for the recuperating Todd Dybas, tomorrow I’ll write a column previewing the rookie camp that gets under way Friday and runs for three days. It’s a terrific chance to get a look at these guys on the hoof.
Eager to see (and report) just how skinny Paul Richardson is (175 pounds), how huge Justin Britt is (6-6, 325), how fast linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis is (4.51, fastest at combine), and just what in the world Kiero Small looks like, at 5-8, 247 pounds.
Yes, these workouts include dozens of guys who will never come close to putting on an NFL jersey. But you can certainly get a good look at the ones who will. For instance, two springs ago, I watched every pass Russell Wilson threw over the weekend.
Here’s the report I filed after the camp on Wilson's performance: “The ball leaves his hand in a hurry and gets to where it needs to be quickly. Of some 500 plays over the weekend, the Seahawks only had to re-rack the offense one time to get the right play processed. So he has a surprising command of the huddle already. He completed balls deep and wide, and as impressive, he has the touch and accuracy to find flaring backs in perfect stride. He had a few balls tipped at the line on Friday, but fewer as the weekend progressed. Questions of durability and adaptation and performance against big-time defenders remain, but coach Pete Carroll said he’s already shown enough to be tossed into competition for the starting job. That is a significant accomplishment in just three practices in shorts – for a quarterback of any size."