With Sidney Rice back, Seahawks’ offense is picking up
Rice caught several touchdown passes during Monday’s training-camp workout, and Percy Harvin also returned to the Seahawks’ facility to continue his rehabilitation.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Sidney Rice was back going full speed on the field. Percy Harvin was back, too, continuing the next phase of his rehabilitation.
All of which are among reasons Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson feels Seattle’s passing attack is beginning to come together.
The offense appeared to have one of its best days of camp during Monday’s two-hour workout, scoring again and again during a red-zone drill.
“We are getting better and better every day,’’ Wilson said. “It’s so exciting for me, especially just playing the quarterback position. We have been scoring a lot of touchdowns in practice and hopefully that translates to the game. Usually it does. That’s what we did last year during the season. We started scoring more and more touchdowns throughout practice and then it happened throughout the season.’’
Several of the scores, and a few other completions, went to Rice, who had his most active practice since having a procedure similar to platelet-rich plasma injection in Switzerland about two weeks ago.
“Having him out there is so nice,” coach Peter Carroll said. “He is a leader for our receivers, so it’s good to have him.’’
Harvin, meanwhile, is back at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on the shores of Lake Washington after surgery on his hip in New York on Aug. 1.
“He’s trying to get back as fast as he can,’’ Wilson said. “He’s so motivated. It’s going to take him some time, obviously. But just to have him around, to have a guy like that who brings energy when he walks into the room. That’s what you want... you feel his passion, you feel his love for the game.’’
Wilson shows off baseball skills
Wilson, who played two seasons of minor-league baseball in the Colorado Rockies’ organization, was able to again display those talents Sunday when he won the team’s annual training-camp Home Run Derby. He hit four home runs in the final to beat long snapper Clint Gresham, who hit one.
“I was knocking some bombs yesterday,’’ Wilson told reporters. “You guys missed it.’’
Wilson “won’’ a used Chevy Montero, brought to the facility as a gag.
“I’m not sure where they got it from,’’ Wilson said. “I think it was from the impounded lot. It’s nice. I was talking with the quarterbacks after we won and I was like ‘This could be our family car.’ Whenever somebody flies in, we go pick him up in this car and welcome him to the city. We have the keys.”
The car was returned after the competition, as awarding it to Wilson would technically violate NFL salary-cap rules.
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