QB Russell Wilson talks about his NFL debut and the Dallas Cowboys.
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - QB Russell Wilson was calm and collected as he took to the field with the Seahawks trailing by four in the closing minutes.
The moment wasn't too big for him as his preparation and past experiences from his time in college at Wisconsin and North Carolina State let him know what to expect.
Wilson led the Seahawks on an exhaustive 18-play drive to give Seattle a chance to win in the rookie's debut as an NFL starter. However, a pass sailed through the hands of WR Braylon Edwards on fourth-down as the Seahawks lost 20-16 to the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener.
Seven chances inside the Cardinals' 13-yard line were unfulfilled as the Seahawks dropped to 0-1.
Wilson and the offense struggled to move the ball against the Cardinals. Their only drive of more than 33 yards was the final possession of the game. Wilson was pressured and confused by the exotic schemes of Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton and the offensive line struggled to give Wilson a clean pocket to throw from.
It was a far cry from the performance Wilson showed in game three of the preseason against the Kansas City Chiefs when he led the Seahawks to scoring drives on six of the first-team offense's seven possessions.
"I think the biggest thing is that that we have to capitalize down there no matter what the situation is," Wilson said. "Whether it’s a run or a pass we want to get seven, not three points. That’s one are that we have to keep growing and improving in."
Wilson was just 18 of 34 for 153 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. He also carried the ball eight times for 20 yards, mainly scrambling from pressure in the pocket. A pair of big kick returns by Leon Washington directly led to 10 of Seattle's 16 points as the offense was unable to put together a drive of more than 33 yards until the last possession of the game.
Wilson has already shifted his focus to the next game and the Dallas Cowboys, who come to Seattle for the Seahawks' home opener on Sunday.
"I’m past that now, that was the first game, now it’s on to the next one and staying focus on what we can do to win the game. I think that’s got to be our focus," Wilson said.
T Russell Okung returned to limited participation in practice on Thursday after being held out of practice Wednesday. Okung suffered a bruised knee in the fourth quarter against Arizona.
TE Zach Miller (knee) and WR Sidney Rice (knee) did not practice Thursday. Miller had been a limited participant on Wednesday while Rice has yet to practice this week.
RB Marshawn Lynch was a full-go on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. WR Golden Tate (knee), DE Greg Scruggs (hamstring) and CB Byron Maxwell (shoulder) were also full participants.
The team added T Michael Person and re-signed LB Allen Bradford to the practice squad on Thursday. To make room, the team released fifth-round pick LB Korey Toomer and G Rishaw Johnson from the squad.
Did Not Participate
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
LB DeMarcus Ware (hamstring)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
WR Andre Holmes (knee)
CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder)
RB Felix Jones (ribs)
S Danny McCray (neck)
RB DeMarco Murray (wrist)
LB Kyle Wilber (thumb)
TE Jason Witten (abdomen)
S Gerald Sensabaugh (concussion)
WR Charly Martin (chest)
Did Not Participate
WR Sidney Rice (knee)
TE Zach Miller (foot)
T Russell Okung (knee)
WR Golden Tate (knee)
DE Greg Scruggs (hamstring)
CB Byron Maxwell (shoulder)