Rice-a-rollin', the Seattle Seahawks treat
Corrected versionRENTON -- Sidney Rice grabbed more than just the ball on
He grabbed my attention, extending his hands to grab a ball using his finger tips.
He grabbed the ball behind a diving Byron Maxwell, he pulled it to his chest and rolled through a somersault. That's all it took to spark the imagination, a reminder of just how much ability he has.
The guy is a truly gifted receiver, and it's fun to watch the guy practice let alone play in a game. He had a couple more incredible catches during
Wednesday's Tuesday's practice, one on the sideline behind cornerback Phillip Adams.
This whole offseason, any discussion of Rice's talent included an obligatory reference to his durability. That's fair. He has missed more regular-season games (17) than he played the previous two seasons (15) with injuries to his hip, shoulder and head. But in between wondering about his durability, his potential impact sometimes gets overlooked. The guy is capable of being a true No. 1 receiver in this league. Now, if he ever cements himself in that position will depend on how long he can stay on the field, but with all the talk about Seattle's need for offensive improvement, he is the most capable touchdown-maker among the team's pass targets.
And after the past two days of practice, Rice is deserving of that oooh-he-looks-good story that is the staple of training camp.
"He's in great shape," coach Pete Carroll said. "He's the strongest he's been since we've been together which is really the goal this whole offseason. He's ready to go and that's a big deal to us."
Meanwhile, Doug Baldwin remains out as he recovers from a hamstring injury though he's rehabbing after practice. Marshawn Lynch has not practiced this week after sitting out last week because of back spasms. He has already been ruled out of Thursday's exhibition finale against Oakland.
Information in this post, originally published Aug. 28, 2012, was corrected later that day. A previous version of this post mixed up days. We attribute this to reporter Danny O'Neil being rendered positively dizzy by the flurry of transactions and news this week. The Seahawks cut Terrell Owens, traded Tarvaris Jackson and named Russell Wilson the starter and all of a sudden, O'Neil couldn't tell up from down and was mixing up Tuesday for Wednesday. To be clear: Rice's first -- and most incredible -- catch in practice occurred Monday, not Tuesday as first reported. He had a couple more impressive catches on Tuesday, and he very well may have two more on Wednesday, but that is mere speculation at this point seeing that Danny O'Neil does not have access to a Delorean or any other vehicle capable of time travel.