Russell Okung excelling quietly
RENTON -- Haven't heard Russell Okung's name much so far, have you?
Well, he's an offensive lineman so that's usually a good thing. And in Okung's case, it's especially a good thing in August because the past two years, he has left the team's first exhibition game with an ankle injury.
He was just fine after Saturday's practice game. Well, actually he was better than that, according to his offensive line coach Tom Cable. Okung has picked up right where he left off before he suffered a torn pectoral muscle, which ended his season Dec. 1.
"I felt like the four weeks prior to his injury last year, we were seeing who he is," Cable said. "Thus far in camp, and one preseason game, he has done a fine job. I'm looking for him to just keep building on it now that he's kind of accepted the responsibility of playing left tackle and what comes with it."
Offensive line is one of the toughest positions to evaluate. You can tell when there's a problem. Quarterbacks are getting sacked, running backs hit in the backfield. It's harder to evaluate when things are going well, and a player takes a step forward from being an established starter to being a Pro Bowl-caliber player.
Where is Okung at in terms of his development?
"The thing that's changed for him is how detailed he has become," Cable said. "I thought before, he was a really talented guy, who knew he was talented."
And now? Cable said Okung is focused on the details of maximizing that talent.
"With great respect to him, he has really succumbed to that,"
Okung Cable said. "That it's not about where they picked me. It's not about what my talent is. It's about what I put into it. He has done a marvelous job."