For the first time in his NFL career, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gets an opportunity to play in the same stadium his late father played his home games during his short tenure with the San Diego Chargers.
Harrison Wilson III graduated from Dartmouth, where he played football and basketball. He later attended law school at the University of Virginia, but after receiving his law degree, Harrison Wilson III was invited to training camp with the San Diego Chargers in 1980 for a tryout. Called “The Professor” by his teammates because of his Ivy League background, Harrison Wilson III bunked with Kellen Winslow, Sr., and was one of the last roster cuts for the Chargers that season.
Wilson’s father passed away three years ago after a long battle with diabetes.
Russell Wilson said he’d like to play the entire game, but will have to be content with getting a few series in Seattle’s exhibition opener on Thursday.
“I’m excited to get back out on the field,” Wilson said. “I’m excited to go to San Diego. That’s where my dad played at one point. So just to be able to go back there and think about those memories stuff – he didn’t play there for very long, but still it means a lot to me.”
The Seahawks worked specifically on red zone offense today, but one of the things Wilson said the team needs to focus on improving during the regular season is converting more third down opportunities.
“If we can just get one more first down every game,” Wilson said. “If you think about, with 16 regular-season game, that’s 16 more third downs. We probably had a 190 or so third down plays last year, and if we can get just 16 more of those to be first downs, you think about that percentage and what that is. …. I think that’s the way I’m looking at it right now.”
After leaving midway through practice on Monday, James Carpenter did not practice today. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll did not address reporters after practice, and will not talk until tomorrow, so I have no update as far as Carpenter’s injury status.
A first-round pick for Seattle in the 2011 draft, Carpenter began training camp on the field after missing most of the team’s offseason program to rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery on his already surgically repaired knee. Although we have heard nothing from the team, but my educated guess is his injury is not serious, and Seahawks are taking a conservative approach with Carpenter to make sure he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.
Along with Carpenter, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel has a groin issue and left midway through practice. Running back Christine Michael left the field midway through practice with someone from the team’s training staff and did not return.
Offensive lineman Mike Person was a new addition sitting out as well today, wearing a walking boot on his left foot.
Others who remain out included defensive end Bruce Irvin (groin), defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring), running back Robert Turbin (foot), cornerback Ron Parker (hamstring), tight end Darren Fells (hamstring), receiver Early Doucet (undisclosed), receiver Bryant Walters (undisclosed) and center Max Unger (undisclosed).
Defensive tackle Jesse Williams (knee), defensive lineman Michael Bennett (leg) and receiver Stephen Williams (neck) returned to practice today. Although Williams wore a red jersey, signaling he was not allowed to have contact.
Zach Miller, Chris Clemons, Tharold Simon, Percy Harvin and Greg Scruggs remain on the physically unable to perform list. Korey Toomer remains on the non-football injury list.
* Receiver Perez Ashford had a nice touchdown reception from Russell Wilson on an inside route against the first-unit defense.
* Brady Quinn found rookie receiver Chris Harper for a touchdown on a seam route against cornerback Jeremy Lane.
* Byron Maxwell picked off yet another pass during team drills, taking it back for a touchdown.
*Brandon Browner was back working at cornerback with the first unit for the majority of the reps today.
* Both Cliff Avril and Robert Turbin were out getting in agility and conditioning work with the trainers after practice.
* With Unger and Person out, Lemuel Jeanpierre worked at center with the first unit.