More Seahawks: Restoring faith in secondary
KIRKLAND, Wash. – Aside from bringing in safeties Deon Grant and Brian Russell, the Seattle Seahawks figure to have new starters at every spot in the secondary. Second-year man Kelly Jennings is slated to start at the right corner spot as Marcus Trufant has been moved back to the left side where he began his career.
Though Trufant and Jennings looked solid on the first two days of camp, the real find in the secondary could be second-round pick Josh Wilson. Wilson showed an impressive combination of speed, quickness and acceleration, assistant head coach Jim Mora Jr. said.
"Not only does Josh have speed, but he has the quickness in a tight space and he has the acceleration to close on a deep route if someone gets behind him," Mora said.
Wilson was consistently around the ball during the first two days and made an impressive interception after falling to the ground. He then quickly popped up to get ready for the return.
Wilson may also end up being in the mix for the punt and kick return jobs. For now, veterans Nate Burleson, Bobby Engram and even backup quarterback Seneca Wallace have been working there. Wilson averaged 27.1 yards on kickoff returns as a senior at Maryland last season, the second-best average in school history. For the time being, however, the Seahawks want Wilson to focus on learning the cornerback position.
• Speaking of Wallace, it's too bad that he's only 5-foot-11. If Wallace were 6-2, his combination of arm strength and athletic ability would be good enough to get him a shot at a starting job at some point.
• A big area of concern for the Seahawks could be tight end if veteran Marcus Pollard, 35, is unable to put up big numbers.
Seattle had hoped to sign Daniel Graham as a free agent, but bowed out when it became apparent Denver was going to outbid them no matter what. The Seahawks then turned to Pollard, who looks to be in excellent shape and has good quickness, particularly for his age. However, behind Pollard is Will Heller, who is more the prototype blocking tight end.