RENTON, Wash. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the Seattle Seahawks training camp:
Wide receiver Phil Bates probably is a longshot to make the team, but he certainly hasn’t hurt his chances the last two days. Bates had two touchdowns catches Sunday. He made a circus-like sideline catch on a 30-yard throw to the goal line, grabbing the ball over cornerback Chandler Fenner. Bates later made a juggling catch in the back corner of the end zone, beating cornerback Akeem Auguste on a pass from Tarvaris Jackson. Bates went back to his high school quarterbacking roots Saturday, completing a pass to Russell Wilson on a trick play off a reverse.
It’s easy to take for granted just how good Wilson is when you see him at practice every day, but he was really on his game Sunday. His passes were sharp and on the money. His decisions come quickly as he consistently finds he open man, and he ran the ball well several times when his receivers were well covered. When you watch all the Seattle quarterbacks work, there’s Wilson and then there’s everyone else.
The Willson on this team with two Ls in his last name also is putting on a show at camp. Tight end Luke Willson was the team’s top rookie last season, but he looks like a seasoned pro now. Starter Zach Miller may be slightly better as a blocker, but not much better. And Willson is much better as a receiver. He consistently gets separation on pass routes and has great hands. Expect big things from Wilson to Willson this season.
It’s rare to see the offense way ahead of the defense at any Seattle practice, but the offense dominated the first day in full pads. All three running backs had big runs -- Robert Turbin, Spencer Ware and Demitrius Bronson. Christine Michael was out with a bruised shoulder. Big receiver Morrell Presley, who was signed two days ago, had a touchdown catch, as did tight end Cooper Helfet.
It wasn’t all bad for the defense. Richard Sherman made one of his signature tip deflections on a deep sideline pass intended for Arceto Clark. And defensive tackle Brandon Mebane had been a disrupted force inside the last two days by making several plays in the backfield.
Speaking of Sherman, Sunday was the first time he has spoken to the local media in six weeks. Sherman has been upset that the address of his new home was published by a few media outlets, causing some fans to camp out in front of this home.