Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
July 29, 2008 4:55 PM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Josh Wilson's biggest impact as a rookie last season came when he returned a kickoff for a touchdown in St. Louis. He didn't have much of an impact last season as the third cornerback because Jordan Babineaux served as the team's fifth defensive back in nickel packages.
Now, it's only the first week of training camp, but Wilson is making a pretty big push for more playing time in the defensive backfield. He made plays to bat down three passes on Sunday when the team began practicing in pads, and in the afternoon practice on Tuesday he made a great break, anticipating an out route and intercepting a pass Seneca Wallace intended for Trent Shelton. Now, in some cases, that's the result of a lazy throw. Not this one. Wallace zipped the pass, but Wilson made a great break, picked the ball off and he was gone the other way. It was such a good play that Mike Holmgren complimented Wilson instead of reprimanding Wallace.
As Wilson ran toward the end zone of the practice field, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck -- who was not on the field for the play -- came sprinting over as if he was going to stop Wilson before he got to the end zone. Nope. Too late. Maybe in Canada, though, where the fields are 110 yards long.
Coach Mike Holmgren said Monday that Wilson is off to a good start in training camp.
"He's really a good inside cover guy," Holmgren said. "As your nickel corner, as your third corner to move inside and work in there on the two-way guys like an Engram, that's going to be a strength of his ... That's really where he earns his money, inside."
WR Courtney Taylor and LB Wesly Mallard did not practice in the afternoon. Neither did Walter Jones, Ray Willis and Chris Spencer, who are all recovering from offseason surgery.
Posted by bp
8:01 PM, Jul 29, 2008
Thanks for the update.
The 3rd corner is one of the more under appreciated positions on a team. They are on the field some 60% of defensive snaps. It is great to hear that the hawks have depth stepping up here and challenging everyone to get better. Babs will always be a fan favorite for his timely plays but you can never have too much quality and depth in the backfield with the injuries you see through the year. I also felt that the DB were a bit safe. Perhaps most due to scheme but Wilson is definitely going to up the overall speed level out there and hopefully turn more of the pressure on the QB into picks in the backfield.
Jul 29, 08 - 05:30 PM
K.C. and no sunshine
Jul 29, 08 - 04:55 PM
Josh Wilson, Pick Six -- 7.29.2008 P.M. practice
Jul 29, 08 - 12:42 PM
Brother, can you spare an umbrella
Jul 29, 08 - 11:48 AM
Courtney Taylor sits back down -- 7.29.2008 A.M. practice
Jul 29, 08 - 09:36 AM
The Virginia Mason Athletic Center