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August 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson: “The passing game is already improving”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson met the media after practice today and said he expects to play into the third quarter Friday night against Chicago.

He also talked about the impact of Percy Harvin on the passing game, what he’s working on this preseason, and more.

Here’s the transcript:

(On if he expects more playing time against Chicago) I’m not expecting a lot of play. I believe that coach is going to want us to play though the half and probably through the third quarter I’d assume. I’m not sure exactly but whenever my name is called I’m always ready, I always tell these guys I will play the whole game if I have to. I’m excited of getting out there and playing the first half and hopefully a little bit more and seeing how we do.

(On what it’s like during preseason when he has to stand and watch) I get pumped up just to be able to stand and watch sometimes and observe and to see the energy of our stadium and kind of get the outside perspective from the sideline and watch our guys. It’s so exciting to see guys make plays on our team, guys who are trying to make our team and make a difference.

(On Percy being in his second year on the team, how is passing game improving) Yeah, definitely the passing game is already improving and revolving. Going into my third year so, you take it kind of one day at a time, one year at a time and just keep going, keep getting better. That’s my goal to always continue to progress and continue to get better on a daily basis. I think our team is going to be really good this year. I think that we have the right guys. I think the receiving group looks really really good right now. They are so clear minded. They run great routes, they are very precise, catch the football really well, explosive and I’m obviously adding Percy [Harvin] out there as another explosive mentality to it, Paul Richardson, Doug Baldwin makes his plays, Jermaine Kearse, it’s down the line and the tight ends are catching the ball really well too. I’m really excited to just continue to grow. That’s one of my biggest goals ever since I got here. To keep growing, keep respecting the process and keep learning as much as I can.

(On if there’s anything specific thing he wants to do better at than he did last year) Yeah, just always work on my footwork and balance. I know I say that a good amount to you guys but I think that’s really what it comes down too. Just fundamentally sound, and how fundamentally sound can I be and naturally I will make some interesting plays sometimes every once and awhile. You just try to be fundamentally sound and make your lay ups, make your jump shots and when your wide open hit those three pointers too and that’s how I look at it really to be honest with you.

(On when he gets outside of the pocket, does it ever fell chaotic) Does it ever feel chaotic, I mean just to feel all of the guys coming running at you, it feels a little chaotic at times but I try to slow it down as much as I can. I try to be very clear minded and keep my eyes down field. I trust what I see and if it’s not there just salvage the play. That’s something I learned at a young age, my dad used to always tell me when I was younger to just salvage the play, move onto the next play. I mean there’s time where if the game is on the line and you have to make something happen, you have to scramble a little bit extra, through it up or whatever. At the end of the day I know that we are going to have more plays to keep attacking, and to keep trying. I just try to be smart. I try not to take any stupid hits or try to make sure I get down, get out of bounds and get as much as I can. I can’t forget that I have a great running back in Marshawn [Lynch]. Hand it off to him the next play if it’s third and one, or that I have great receiver in the flank if it’s third and long. The goal is to give the ball to the true play maker.

(On Percy Harvin being out there, and if it will change the dynamic of the offense) Well, to have Percy out there, he’s very very fast and very quick. He makes a difference in our special teams games in kickoff returns. When he has the football in his hands people get a little nervous I feel like. You just kind of get that sense. Having his presence out there on the football field it’s a very good thing for us. He can make a lot of plays, he’s done it his whole entire career. He’s done it his whole entire career. Think about his first four years, he was an MVP type player. To get him out here with us, he loves the game. He’s a great locker room teammate too, he’s unbelievable in there. He’s so alert in meetings and he just does a great job. That’s the same thing with all the other receivers. Our whole receiving group right now is really really close and everybody’s kind of really clicking together. That’s our goal for the long run too, not just for this year but for the years to come. How can we be so close, how can we be so in sync that it’s tough to beat us.



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