Saturday cyber surfing: Wilson comes out throwing

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 12:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers his thoughts from the first practice of the three-day minicamp, including: “Coach Pete Carroll raved about running back Robert Turbin. He loved Turbin’s quickness and feel for the zone running game. Turbin has huge biceps, but his lower body looks like it belongs to a smaller man.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune has his impressions of the player who made the biggest impression: “The much-anticipated debut of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson in Seattle Seahawks gear took place on the team’s practice field Friday afternoon. Wilson passed with flying colors. The former University of Wisconsin player appeared in command leading Seattle’s offense during the first workout of the rookie minicamp, taking the majority of the snaps during the team portion of practice. Some might debate Wilson’s ability to effectively play the position in the NFL at 5-foot-11, but they can’t question his fastball. As advertised, Wilson showed a strong arm, played with great anticipation and was very accurate on most of his throws. ‘He was putting the ball on the money,’ former University of Washington receiver Jermaine Kearse said. ‘He was throwing great passes and putting the ball where it’s supposed to be, so how can you not catch it?’ ”

Tim Booth at the Associated Press also takes a look at Wilson’s pass-filled practice: “Russell Wilson stepped in behind center for the first minicamp of his professional career on Friday and never took a break. The Seahawks are making sure they get a long look at Wilson this weekend while the Seahawks’ veteran quarterbacks are not around. ‘It’s important for me to understand the offense and continue to grow. I’m trying to learn all the nuances of the quarterback position here,’ Wilson said on Friday. ‘I know the plays enough but I’m trying to learn the ins and outs and whys of football. That’s something that I have to do every day I wake up and in the meeting rooms — just try to learn as much as I can.’ ”

Art Thiel at sportspress northwest takes a look at first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin: “Searching for meaning on the first the first day of rookies’ padless football practice against air is barely more productive than looking for life on the moon from one’s porch. But one thing was plain Friday at Seahawks headquarters, even without a telescope — the scouts weren’t lying: Bruce Irvin is meteor-fast. It will be an object of much entertainment for Seahawks fans, and help quiet the debate over the most talked-about pick in the NFL draft’s first round last month. More impressive to coach Pete Carroll, who knew about the speed, was Irvin’s quick take on the more cerebral parts of the enterprise. ‘Bruce worked really hard,’ Carroll said. ‘His command of what we were doing was really good. He’s not going to have any trouble learning what’s happening. He’s been a pleasant surprise in that it comes easy to him – that’s a really good deal for us to be able to push him forward.’ ”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times says it’s going to be more difficult for this rookie class to make an immediate impact: “ ‘Our depth is so much better than a couple years ago,’ coach Pete Carroll said. ‘These guys are going to have to fight for their playing time.’ That reality stands in sharp contrast to the plug-and-play program Seattle followed in Carroll’s first two years in town when first-round picks were starters the first day on the job. That was true for left tackle Russell Okung and free safety Earl Thomas in 2010. It was true for offensive lineman James Carpenter a year ago when he was one of three rookies to start Week 1, along with guard John Moffitt and linebacker K.J. Wright. The path to playing time is not nearly so clear this year. Maybe first-round pick Bruce Irvin will force his way into the lineup, and perhaps linebacker Bobby Wagner is ready to step in immediately at middle linebacker, but neither of those is a foregone conclusion in Seattle. The Seahawks had a top-10 defense a year ago and lost only one starter in the offseason, middle linebacker David Hawthorne.”

PI.com has a photo blog from the practice.

Here at Seahawks.com, we also look at Wilson’s impressive first day: “It was only a rookie minicamp, and the first day at that. But make no mistake: It wasRussell Wilson’s minicamp. The Seahawks’ third-round draft choice took every rep in every team drill during Friday’s two-hour practice – the first of three in this weekend that is all about the rookies. And no rookie got a longer and more intensified looked than Russell. ‘Just knowing who he is and how he was going to approach this, I expected that he’d be really good and he was,’ coach Pete Carroll said after the up-tempo practice on a picture postcard of an afternoon at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. ‘He’s really smart. He’s very experienced. He’s as savvy as a guy could be. And he has a great work ethic. So you put all that together – and good communications with (QB coach) Carl Smith and Darrell (Bevell, the offensive coordinator – and he was ready to go.’ And go Wilson did. From start to finish. Carroll estimated that Wilson got in 70 throws, took ‘twice as many reps as everybody else’ and, he added, ‘I don’t think he had a missed assignment.’ ”

We’ve also got the return of Hawkville, with notes and news from Day One: “Not surprisingly, the speed and tempo of the two-hour practice caught some of the players by surprise. ‘They kind of warned us yesterday,’ first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin said. ‘But I still didn’t know what to expect. It still kind of caught me off guard. I probably lost like about seven, eight pounds today.’ ”

There’s also Tony Venterlla’s video recap, as well as the post-practice Q&As with Wilson, Irvin and Carroll.


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