Friday cyber surfing: Observations aplenty from minicamp

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 15:

The Seahawks wrapped up their three-day minicamp on Thursday, and Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers his observations, including: “The Seahawks are loading up rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner with play calls, same as they did for K.J. Wright last season. Wright has been expected to handle the calls this season even though Wagner projects as the middle linebacker in the base defense. That might not be the case, however. Wright smiled and shook his head when asked about continuing to handle all the calls. He’s heard and read the reports suggesting that will be the case. But Wright said Wagner is making the calls. Wright said he expects Wagner to make the calls this season. The Seahawks have options, but for now at least, they want to see what Wagner can handle. Hand strength is one of Wagner’s biggest assets – and an important one for middle linebackers, who must continually operate in heavy traffic.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at the continuing competition for the starting quarterback job: “For now, (coach Pete) Carroll said incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, high-priced free agent addition Matt Flynn and third-round draft pick Russell Wilson will continue to compete for the starting job once the team reconvenes for the opening of training camp in late July. ‘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 (Jackson) will go first, and away we go. Other than that, let the games begin.’ ”

 
Williams also offers some observations from the final practice: “(Russell) 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.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times also looks at Wilson’s “turn” to run the No. 1 offense: “Russell Wilson was in the closer’s role Thursday. The rookie quarterback worked with the Seahawks’ first-unit offense on the final day of a mandatory minicamp. He was also the last player off the field after that final practice. ‘I always try to stay after practice,’ Wilson said. ‘Twenty-five more throws, 30 more throws, just to really focus on the throws that I think I either missed that day or things that I can always work on.’ “

Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson offered his assessment of Wilson in this interview on 710 ESPN: “ ‘You don’t look at him as a rookie,’ said Robinson, who finished fifth in Heisman voting and led Penn State to an Orange Bowl win as a senior in 2005. ‘You get the sense that he’s been around for a while, and I think that’s gonna help him going down the road.’ “

Dan Hanzus at NFL.com has the latest on Brian Banks, the exonerated linebacker who had a two-day tryout with the Seahawks: “Banks tweeted Thursday night his next stop is San Francisco, where he’ll take part in the 49ers’ minicamp.”

Doug Farrar of Shutdown Corner takes a longer look at Banks’ two days with the Seahawks at YahooSports.com: “The most impressive thing about Banks from a purely competitive perspective was that after so long away from the game, he looked like an undrafted free agent who would probably come up short on first cuts. That is to say, he didn’t appear to be some schlub who hadn’t played football in years. Banks ran to the ball with average speed in non-contact drills, he showed decent speed and flexibility in his drops, and he certainly appeared to be a step late to the action at times … but given the circumstances, it was pretty darned impressive.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the conclusion of the minicamp, which also happened to be the conclusion of the offseason program: “(Coach Pete) Carroll is hoping – no, planning – that the improved play down the stretch last season, coupled with an offseason and the infusion of some new talent, will make for a better start to the 2012 season. ‘There’s a good feeling about where we’re going, and we’re excited about it,’ Carroll said. ‘We’re young, and the young guys who started for the first time last year don’t feel like young guys anymore. And that’s a big deal to us, because we need to grow. Being the youngest starting team (in the NFL) last year gives us a chance to really make a big step forward, and we can feel it. There’s a lot of energy about it and it’s a good place to be right now.’ ”

We also take a look at the final practice in our Hawkville recap: “After (Kellen) Winslow made the first of his trio of catches, the veteran tight end had a few choice words for the rest of the defense that was standing along the sideline as he made his way back to the huddle. ‘It’s amazing. He’s definitely brought a different element out there,’ Sherman said. ‘And I think we appreciate it on defense. He makes it real lively out there. When he makes a catch you can hear him. We finally have somebody to go back (and forth) with, because sometimes we’re kind of going back with ourselves – it’s kind of one-sided. They’ll make a catch, then there’ll be a little bit of talk. But it won’t be the kind like we’re doing. But Kellen, we’ll bring some of the trash. … He plays with a lot of swagger, and I like that. I like his style of play.’ ”

There’s also Tony Ventrella’s video recap, as well as video of the Q&A sessions with Carroll, Wilson and Sherman.