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Wednesday in Hawkville: For Byron Maxwell and Russell Wilson, one good play deserves another
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for July 31, when the Seahawks held the sixth practice in their training camp sponsored by Bing:
PLAYS OF THE DAY: BYRON MAXWELL, RUSSELL WILSON DOUBLE UP
Defense: Tuesday, Pete Carroll offered, “Max is having a great camp.” Today, Max – Byron Maxwell – continued to play to his coach’s praise.
The third-year cornerback turned in impressive efforts on back-to-back plays in the 7-on-7 drill. On the first, he locked in early on Brady Quinn’s pass to Golden Tate along the sideline and made the interception. On the second, he arrived at tight end Sean McGrath in the same blink as Quinn’s pass to force an incompletion.
The other DBs celebrated the second play by giving Maxwell helmet slaps, but there was no question which effort he liked best.
“The pick, of course. The turnover,” he said.
And what happened on that play? “I was reading the formation,” Maxwell said. “We’ve been out here for a while, so everything is starting to look familiar. I’m just using my technique. And if the ball comes my way, I’m just trying to make a play on it.”
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“Wherever (receivers) coach (Kippy) Brown needs me that’s where I go and just try to do my best and compete and do well and make plays.”
Second-year wide-out Jermaine Kearse, who got reps with the No. 1 offense today because Rice and Harvin are not practicing
Offense: Another two-fer, and from the same period in practice. On the first play, Russell Wilson dropped a beautiful pass over 6-foot-4 cornerback Brandon Browner and into the hands of Tate along the opposite sideline.
“You cannot throw the ball any better that,” said Steve Raible, the former wide receiver and now radio voice of the team who was watching practice from the same sideline where Tate made the catch.
On the next play, Wilson used a pump fake to momentarily freeze the defensive backs and then fired another pretty pass to rookie wide receiver Chris Harper, who did his part to get wide open by running a nice out-and-up route – with the “up” coinciding with Wilson’s pump fake.
“It was absolutely perfect,” Tate said of the pass he caught. “I was in stride. The ball was over my left shoulder where a DB couldn’t get it. It was great pass and Russell has grown a lot with his accuracy. So I’m very pleased with his development since the end of last season.”
PLAYER WATCH: JAMESON KONZ
The versatile seventh-round pick from the 2010 NFL Draft was back on the practice field after being re-signed on Tuesday. But he didn’t quite look like the same Jameson Konz who was released on last summer’s final roster cut to 53 players.
Konz has gained 20 pounds after spending the past year working out in Southern California. He’s also wearing No. 87, after being No. 46 in his previous stint with the team. Konz, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve, worked at linebacker and tight end as a member of the practice squad in 2011. But today he spent time primarily with the tight ends.
“It’s great to be back, and I’m feeling great,” he said.
The number of sidelined players grew to 16 as middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, cornerback Jeremy Lane, linebacker Kyle Knox and tight ends Darren Fells and Michael Palmer did not practice because of unspecified injuries. Still out were wide receiver Sidney Rice, who is in Switzerland having a nonsurgical procedure on his knee; defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring), cornerback Ron Parker (hamstring) and tackle Michael Bowie (hamstring); as well as the seven players who were placed on injury lists when camp opened – wide receiver Percy Harvin, who will have hip surgery on Thursday; tight end Zach Miller (foot), defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), running back Robert Turbin (foot), defensive lineman Greg Scruggs (knee), linebacker Korey Toomer (knee) and cornerback Tharold Simon (foot).
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett returned after missing Tuesday’s practice because his wife was giving birth to their daughter.
UP NEXT: ANOTHER MORNING PRACTICE
The players have a 10:15 practice on Thursday morning and then will have a mock game at 1 p.m. on Friday.
One week from today, after a morning practice, the team will fly to San Diego for the preseason opener against the Chargers on Thursday night.
Today’s practice attracted a crowd of 2,525 fans.