An unexpected starter in 2012, Russell Wilson clearly is the man in charge on the field offensively for the Seattle Seahawks. But as he prepares for his second season, the 24-year-old quarterback isn’t content with his breakout rookie performance. He wants more. And he’s willing to put in the work to help the Seahawks emerge as Super Bowl contenders sooner rather than later. For Wilson, that journey begins in earnest in Los Angeles. Wilson will spearhead a minicamp for Seattle’s offensive skill position players before all players can officially begin working out at the team’s headquarters April 15. New addition Percy Harvin gets his first chance to catch passes from Wilson, along with working with teammates including running back Marshawn Lynch and tight end Zach Miller. “It’s basically getting into the groove of things and getting that swagger back,” Wilson said. “I think that’s going to be really important. Just having the reps, and letting those guys know what I can do well, and bringing that to the table. And also having that bonding experience when you’re together with the guys, it’s going to be pretty great for us. “That’s part of having a championship-caliber offseason — getting your mind ready to play. It’s about when we get back, we’re sharp. And we’re ready to play. Our mind is ready to get going. That’s how we can separate ourselves.” Wilson said he’s also looking forward to working with Harvin. “He’s so explosive,” Wilson said. “He can do so many things. He can take the ball to end zone every time he touches it. He’s a unique player. And he gives Sidney (Rice), Golden (Tate) and Doug Baldwin a chance to do more.” Wilson already has been putting his time in to separate himself, traveling to Seahawks headquarters daily when he’s in town to self-evaluate his 2012 season. Wilson said he’s reviewed every game from last season at least five times, looking for areas where he can improve. “It’s about the preparation you put into it, both physically and mentally,” he said. “Studying what our team does well, and trying to improve on that. And trying to put myself in that moment and thought process. How was it good? How was it not good?” In most instances, things went well for Wilson. He finished with the second-highest rookie quarterback passer rating in NFL history (100.0), tied a rookie record for touchdown passes in a season (26), led Seattle to an undefeated record at home and set a rookie record with 16 consecutive completed passes against Miami.
Seahawks' Russell Wilson eager to improve
Tacoma News Tribune | Mar 28