Kellen Winslow: "It's good to have a job"
The Seahawks wrapped up their third and final offseason team activity (OTA) this week and for once the quarterback derby wasn't the biggest news of the day.
All eyes were on Kellen Winslow (right) who wore No. 82.
It's not as if the 6-4, 240-pound tight end was limited in practice, but he didn't have a lot of opportunities to make plays. That's was probably to be expected considering Seattle traded with Tampa Bay on Monday for the one-time Pro Bowler.
Still, the Seahawks are expecting big things from Winslow. Last season, they used two tight ends on about a third of their plays and Seattle hopes to pair Winslow with Zach Miller much like New England uses Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
"We added a guy that we know can make things happen," coach Pete Carroll said. "He's got some health issues that we're going to deal with and make sure we monitor him really well so he can play his best. ... We think it's just a fantastic addition. He can make things happen. He should be a big factor on third downs and in the red zone.
"We like guys with special dimensions and he's got them. He's a route runner and he's a great, great catcher. And he does stuff after the ball when he catches it too. Zach is a dynamic Y tight end in this offense We can use him for so many special things because he's good at it. These two guys going and the way we can mix it, it's real exciting for our offense."
Winslow said he was a little surprised to be traded to Seattle. He acknowledged a clash with new Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano and said: "New regime comes in and sometimes you just don't fit."
"I'm going to miss my teammates out there, my boys," Winslow added. "I've grown together a lot with those guys, but it's the NFL. It's hard. It's good to have a job you know. It's good to have a job so I'll be OK."
Winslow has a chronic knee injury suffered in a 2005 motorcycle accident that will force him to manage his practice time.
He has allergies and is happy to be in Seattle because he had difficulty breathing in Tampa.
Winslow considered playing for Rich Neuheisel at Washington before starring at Miami.
"Yeah small world," he said. "So I'm finally here."
IN OTHER NEWS:
--- The quarterback competition continued between incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, newcomer Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson.
Jackson took the bulk of the reps with the starters Tuesday and Flynn got the lion's share Wednesday. Today it was Wilson's turn.
During the non-contact practice, the 5-11 rookie was effective rolling out of the pocket and displayed good mobility while scrambling to extend plays.
However, he had some struggles throwing out of the pocket particularly during a gruesome four-play stretch in a 7-on-7 drill. It started with a sensational diving interception by Kam Chancellor on a pass intended for Doug Baldwin. Wilson then misfired on the next three passes, twice overthrowing open receivers down field.
Rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner also intercepted a pass from Jackson, which was the only substantial blemish for the quarterback. He had a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and was whistled for a sack, but otherwise zipped passes all over the field.
Meanwhile Flynn showed good grasp of the offense and accuracy while floating the ball into tight spaces for long gains.
"This is a complex test that they're up against," Carroll said. "The fact that they're functioning and holding it together is a good sign. ... T-Jack and Matt had a big day yesterday. It's going to go a little bit like that as we go through it. We'll just accumulate a lot of information and figure it out as we go down the road. We're really thrilled about the way they're battling."
--- The competition got a little heated at times between the receivers and defensive backs. Receiver Ben Obomanu tangled with rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane, which sparked a verbal feud between Baldwin and safety Earl Thomas.
"It was guys competing and battling and it's get heated," Carroll said. "We're asking these guys to work really hard and it really matters to the. They really care. They want to make their plays and their statements and I don't blame them one bit. But there is a line they can't cross and that's what we talked about afterward. We want to be able to take it as far as you can and demonstrate the poise that you need to."
--- Rookie linebacker Bruce Irvin missed today's practice to attend funeral services for Bill Stewart, his former coach at West Virginia.
--- Receiver Golden Tate fell and hurt his hand Wednesday, Carroll said. He's wearing a cast and did not practice.
--- Defensive end Chris Clemons also did not attend yesterday's voluntary drills.
--- Longtime Seahawk Marcus Trufant got plenty of work at nickel back. "He has so much savvy and ability, we think it can be a good spot for him," Carroll said. "It's going to take awhile. We're just starting to get the snaps in him."
--- Offensive linemen Russell Okung (pectoral) and John Moffitt (knee) sat out due to injuries.
--- Carroll expects WR Kris Durham (shoulder) and SS Winston Guy (shoulder) to be able to return to practice soon.
--- OL James Carpenter (knee) didn't practice, but did some running. "He went out there and he was jogging and everybody was fired up for him," Carroll said. "He's made a couple of big steps just recently. That's really encouraging."
Photo credit: AP Photo - Ted S. Warren