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Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks WR John Ursua Talks Beach Workouts, His Rookie Season & More

Highlights from Seahawks receiver John Ursua’s appearance on Sports Radio 950 KJR. 


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John Ursua Talks About His Offseason In Hawaii On Sports Radio 950 KJR

Seahawks receiver John Ursua is, like much of the world, limited in where he can go and what he can do these days because of the CORVID-19 crisis, but unlike most of us, the Hawaii native can still get a workout in on the beach.

Ursua, who was on Sports Radio 950 KJR on the Dave “Softy” Mahler and Dick Fain show on Wednesday afternoon, said "it's kinda crazy" seeing a region so dependent on tourism so empty these days, but fortunately he still able to get work done to stay ready for when football resumes, whenever that might be.

"I'm fortunate enough to have a weight room in my garage, so I get to work out, get my lift in," he said. "Some of the parks and beaches are open, so you can go to the beach and do a sand workout, then I can go to the park and put on my cleats and get together with a smaller group. I go meet up with some of the QBs who are out here, so I'm just staying very active, staying anxious for any moment to get back. It's tough not having an exact timeline, but in my mind, I just know I've got to keep working for any moment, because we might have to return at any time. I'm just excited to get back with everybody."

Ursua, a seventh-round pick last year, was a standout in the preseason, but struggled to get on the field during the regular season, appearing in only three games. Ursua had only one catch last year, though it was nearly one for the ages, an 11-yard catch on fourth down that was stopped inches short of the goal line in Seattle's Week 17 loss to San Francisco in a game that decided the NFC West.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has pointed to Ursua as a player who could potentially make a big leap in Year 2, and while Ursua always felt like he was ready to contribute at any point in the season, he acknowledged that it took some time earn the full trust of his coaches and his quarterback.

"Where I was comfortable and the coaches and Russ (Wilson) were comfortable with me, that didn't really come until probably midway through the season," he said. "I felt ready at any moment, honestly I felt comfortable if I had to play Week 1, but I think where everyone was on board and was seeing, 'OK, John is starting to understand his playbook and is starting to get comfortable,' I think it was probably midway through the season. But it was just great to go out there and learn, watch everybody compete, and just learn everything I could at that moment. It was just a great opportunity for me, but yeah, obviously I would have liked to play a little bit more."

Social Post Of The Day

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