Friday, June 13, 2014
Pryor, Lockette and others at OTAs
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. -- Here are a few observations after Thursday's final practice from organized team activities for the Seattle Seahawks. The three-day mandatory minicamp starts Tuesday.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor passes during the Seahawks' organized team activity on Thursday.
Pryor getting better: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor got off to a slow start in OTAs, but he has looked much improved in the past two workouts that were open to the media.
Pryor displayed his amazing speed on a scramble when he raced by everybody and took it to the end zone of a long TD run. But Pryor also has thrown the ball with more accuracy and looks more comfortable in his reads.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell likes what he sees from Pryor, on and off the field.
"You hear things on reputation and don't really know," Bevell said. "But he's done a really nice job of working hard. He's picking up the offense well. We're still just kind of feeling out what's going to be his best stuff, and we want to be sure what we can do with him."
Lockette is locked in: Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette had an impressive showing with a couple of touchdowns grabs and several other long receptions, but it's nothing new. Lockette has looked good throughout the OTAs.
Thursday was a particularly happy day for Lockette when he learned he and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would not face charges from the incident in Miami involving a woman in a downtown hotel. Lockette was relieved when he heard the news. He tweeted this: "Thank God. #blessed.
Norwood continues to shine: The 2014 draft choice that has looked better than any other rookie so far is wide receiver Kevin Norwood of Alabama. Norwood isn't flashy and doesn't have the blazing speed of rookie receiver Paul Richardson, but Norwood does everything right and works his tail off every day.
He has great hands and runs routes crisply, enabling him to gain separation. And he has a real knack for catching the ball in a crowd.
Rare bad day for Wilson: Even the best have a tough day every now and then. In Russell Wilson's case, the only thing that makes it noteworthy is that it's so unusual. Wilson threw three interceptions, and it would have been four if not for a drop by rookie safety Dion Bailey.
Bevell's message to Bailey: Second-year player Alvin Bailey got most of the first-team reps at left tackle in OTAs because starter Russell Okung is recovering from a foot surgery.
"He knows he needs to work on getting his weight down," Bevell said of Bailey. "But he has a lot of time to do it."