Thursday, August 9, 2012
Terrell Owens update, with eye toward rules
By Mike Sando
RENTON, Wash. -- A few notes after watching the Seattle Seahawks practice Thursday at team headquarters:
- Terrell Owens took a step forward in his second day practicing with the team. Most of the receivers seem to have stepped up their games since Owens became a factor with the team. Kris Durham continues to be an exception, however. The second-year receiver projected as the successor to Mike Williams, but he has struggled with drops and doesn't appear to be playing with confidence. Owens caught the ball consistently and made two notable plays. He turned around corner Byron Maxwell to free himself along the right sideline. Later, Owens beat veteran corner Marcus Trufant for a touchdown on a fade route, tipping the ball to himself and getting both feed inbounds before falling to the ground.
- No word yet from the Seahawks on a report suggesting the team might have violated rules by working Owens into practice too quickly. League spokesman Greg Aiello said the NFL was gathering facts on the matter. The rule, according to Aiello: "Players have a 3-day acclimation period after reporting during the preseason. Day 1 is for the physical and meetings. Day 2 and 3 the player may participate, but only in helmet and shells or a padded shirt. Day 4 and for the rest of camp is in full pads." Owens appeared to wear shoulder pads Wednesday, which would have been his second day with the team, assuming he signed Tuesday.
- Guard John Moffitt left practice with an apparent arm injury. Deuce Lutui replaced him at right guard with the starters. The team had no details on the severity of Moffitt's injury. A knee injury sidelined Moffitt for much of 2011. Lutui, signed from Arizona in free agency, owns 72 starts over six seasons, but none in 2011.
- Matt Flynn shined in practice with the starters Wednesday. Russell Wilson caught my attention Thursday. His ability to hit receivers and tight ends with accuracy and while on the move stood out. He rolled left and found tight end Sean McGrath for a moderate gain on one play. McGrath has been catching the ball well, and frequently. He's a rookie from Henderson State in Arkansas.
That's the short update. I've been gathering info for the upcoming "Camp Confidential" file. One more note from Seahawks practice to come shortly.