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Get open and Russell Wilson will get you the ball
To celebrate this now annual occasion, we merge the galaxies of Star Wars with our newest stars, the 2016 Seahawks draft class. And as you'll disover, the parallels between our two universes go far far beyond simple nameplay. Happy Star Wars Day and May the 4th be with you! View
In the first 10 practices of the Seahawks’ training camp, Russell Wilson has completed passes to 22 receivers.
The team’s second-year quarterback has connected with wide receivers (11 of them), running backs (six) and tight ends (five).
Heck, Wilson has even hooked up with players who aren’t around anymore – Greg Herd, Victor Marshall and Ray Holley.
The winners in this get-open-and-he’ll-get-you-the-ball procedure? The show of hands includes Bates, who was a rookie in camp last summer with Wilson before being released and eventually signed to the practice squad; and Harper, this year’s fourth-round draft choice who was a quarterback before switching to wide receiver in college.
“We came in together, so I kind of know what Russ wants and where to be,” Bates said after Monday’s practice, when he caught one pass from Wilson and also made a falling grab of a 45-yard pass from Brady Quinn.
“We all watch film together, so we all try to be on the same page.”
From the QB who took the league by storm last season after being selected in the third round of the NFL Draft; to Rice and Tate, who finished 1-2 in receptions for the Seahawks last season; to Lintz, the rookie tight end from Washington State who was signed last week.
Harper is new to the phenomenon that is Russell Wilson. But as a former quarterback at Northwest High School in Wichita, Kansas, and the University of Oregon, Harper has a difficult kind of appreciation for the things Wilson is able to do – especially when they include him.
“Russell helps me a lot,” said Harper, who moved to wide receiver after transferring to Kansas State. “He’s constantly giving me tips on what to do. And that’s obviously the guy you want to have reps with, because at the end of the day that’s who’s going to be on the field during the games.
“So anything I can get from him and keep it in the back of my mind it helps me – even when he’s not the quarterback.”
And yes, there are those moments when Harper the wide receiver reverts to Harper the QB while watching Wilson.
“In this system, with what he’s doing, it’s a fun system to play in because as the quarterback you can put the ball all over the place,” said Harper, who caught a couple of passes from Wilson in Monday’s practice.
Even into the hands of targets you wouldn’t expect the No. 1 quarterback to be throwing to.
But, as Bates said, “It’s all good.”