Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks scrambles away from Dwight Freeney #93 of the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on August 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The first-team offense for the Seattle Seahawks struggled to find a rhythm in their brief stint on the field in the team's preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers last Thursday.
The offense was unable to produce any points in their two drives with QB Russell Wilson at the helm and just didn't quite appear to be clicking in their first trial of the 2013 preseason. However, Wilson believes some more playing time will allow the offense to find that rhythm in their second preseason game against the Denver Broncos this Saturday.
"When you have more reps, you get more plays throughout the game and you get more of a rhythm," Wilson said. "So I think that is the biggest thing for us is, ‘Can we get into a rhythm and stay in a rhythm throughout the game?'"
Wilson should get an additional boost from the return of WR Sidney Rice to the lineup this week. Rice was held out of last week's game as he returned with little practice time prior to the game from his trip to Switzerland for a procedure on his knee. In addition, RB Marshawn Lynch will likely see more playing time this week and RB Robert Turbin is expected to play after coming off the physically unable to perform list.
Wilson is looking forward to getting to play back in Seattle and improve upon their performance last week.
"We had a couple of miscues here and there but for our first game, I’m really proud of our football team," Wilson said. "I’m excited about our next opportunity. Obviously we are playing the Broncos. They are a very, very good football team. Playing them at home. We are very excited about that opportunity to come back home and play them at CenturyLink."
Six players remain on the PUP and NFI lists for Seattle. WR Percy Harvin (hip), DE Chris Clemons (knee), DT Greg Scruggs (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot) and TE Zach Miller (foot) remain on the physically unable to perform list. LB Korey Toomer (knee) remains on the non-football injury list.
DE Cliff Avril and CB Ron Parker remained sidelined with hamstring injuries but TE Darren Fells returned to practice for the first time since July 30 from his hamstring strain.
G James Carpenter (foot), LB Bruce Irvin (groin), DT Tony McDaniel (groin), WR Bryan Walters (hamstring), CB Byron Maxwell (ankle), LB Ty Powell (thigh), DT Jaye Howard (shoulder) and RB Christine Michael (back) also remained sidelined.
LB Bobby Wagner (shoulder), DT Jesse Williams (knee) and DT Michael Bennett (undisclosed) were new additions among players sidelined on Tuesday. WR Perez Ashford (undisclosed) and T Michael Person (calf) both returned to practice.
With all the pass rushers that continue to be sidelined for Seattle, LB O'Brien Schofield and LB Mike Morgan worked in as stand up defensive ends in the team's first-team nickel package.
QB Tarvaris Jackson continued to build on a strong showing in the preseason opener with a pair of nice connections with tight ends. Jackson hit TE Luke Willson behind LB Kyle Knox for a big gain up the middle of the field and TE Cooper Helfet for a touchdown against the second-team defense in redzone drills.
Jackson then hit WR Jermaine Kearse for a big gain up the right sideline behind CB Richard Sherman. Sherman appeared to trip over Kearse's feet and fell down as Kearse caught the pass for a close to 60-yard gain.
RB Robert Turbin made a nice run on a shotgun handoff from QB Brady Quinn.