RENTON, Wash. -- Thoughts and observations after watching the Seattle Seahawks complete their three-day mandatory camp Thursday:
It was rookie quarterback Russell Wilson's turn to get extensive reps with the starting offense. He appeared in command and wasn't bashful about telling more experienced teammates where to line up. Wilson spoke to reporters afterward and again projected the qualities teams seek in a leader. He's confident, engaging and unafraid to answer questions head on. Can he play? The Seahawks will find out more during preseason.
The Seahawks are loading up rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner with play calls, same as they did for K.J. Wright last season. Wright has been expected to handle the calls this season even though Wagner projects as the middle linebacker in the base defense. That might not be the case, however. Wright smiled and shook his head when asked about continuing to handle all the calls. He's heard and read the reports suggesting that will be the case. But Wright said Wagner is making the calls. Wright said he expects Wagner to make the calls this season. The Seahawks have options, but for now at least, they want to see what Wagner can handle. Hand strength is one of Wagner's biggest assets -- and an important one for middle linebackers, who must continually operate in heavy traffic.
Receiver Ben Obomanu dropped an accurate deep pass from Wilson. Obomanu has had some trouble with drops during this camp. He finished last season with five drops, tied with Anthony McCoy for most on the team (Obomanu had more targets, 57-24). The competition at receiver will be intense during camp. Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate appear to be locks for roster spots. Obomanu could be close behind. Mike Williams, Kris Durham and Ricardo Lockette are factors as well.
Linebacker Brian Banks wrapped up his second practice on a tryout basis. He exceeded expectations but will need time to improve his conditioning, coach Pete Carroll said. Banks, exonerated after spending more than five years in prison, remains unsigned.
That's it for the Seahawks -- and every other NFC West team -- until training camp. I've picked up material from the various camps to use in future entries. It's been a good week that way.