The efforts of the three arms vying for the Seahawks’ starting quarterback job was better today than it was yesterday – a day when the defense clearly was calling all the shots. It was rookie quarterback Russell Wilson’s turn to take the majority of the snaps with the No. 1 unit, and the Wisconsin product took advantage of it on several throws.
His most notable effort came on a deep ball for a streaking Golden Tate down the left sideline. Wilson dropped the ball in over the top of cornerback Brandon Browner and into Tate’s hands for what looked to be a 55-yard gain in the team’s 11-on-11 session. In the same drill, Wilson also showed good pace on a ball for a leaping Ben Obomanu over the middle of the field.
Wilson, who spoke with the media following Friday’s session, tells us how he is able to manage the reps he receives within the three-man quarterback competition, as well as how he looks at the reps he doesn’t receive.
“It’s not hard for me to stay focused at all,” Wilson said. “I’ve always been the same way in terms of mentally focusing when I’m not in, or when I am in. If I’m getting the reps then I’m obviously focused in, and then if I’m not getting the reps I’m still playing the game in my mind – reading the coverages, reading the defense, what they’re trying to do, and going through the progressions.”
Also in Friday’s practice the three quarterbacks participated in the two-minute drill. Wilson was up first from the team’s own 35-yard line, and after tucking and running on first down he found a diving Kellen Winslow on the left sideline to set up third and short. Wilson checked down to running back Leon Washington to get the first down and then killed the clock by spiking the football. Wilson showed nice awareness as he moved up in the pocket to avoid the rush on the next play to find Washington on the sideline, who scampered out of bounds. On third down Wilson targeted Ricardo Lockette deep over the middle, but the play was broken up by safety Kam Chancellor. Wilson took a sack at midfield on fourth down that killed the drive.
Jackson found wide receiver Charly Martin and tight end Cameron Morrah on a rope in traffic to start his two-minute drill and quickly moved to the opposing 25-yard line, but could not go any further, after a dropped pass from Lockette on second down, a throw away to avoid a sack on third-down, and a ball that went through the hands of Martin on fourth, resulted in a turnover on downs.
Flynn was the only quarterback to convert in the two-minute drill today, as he ran with the third unit. On his first play from scrimmage he lured the ‘D’ offside and threw a strike 20 yards down field to tight end Sean McGrath. After taking a sack at the opposing 45-yard line, Flynn completed an 8-yard out to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse before finding McGrath over the middle to the opponents 25-yard line. Then, after throwing three straight incompletions, Flynn found Kearse at the first-down marker and quickly spiked the football at the 10-yard line with two seconds remaining in the drill. On the session’s final play, Flynn found McGrath over the middle for a score.
Tomorrow, the quarterback competition will likely begin its third cycle through, with incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson scheduled to garner most of the first-team reps.