RENTON, Wash. - Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson met with the media following the second day of minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center and had plenty to say about his evolving relationship with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the receiving corps, the offensive line and facing the pressure brought by a signing a huge, new contract
Year two with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer: Wilson went through the experimental phase with his new OC last year and the product turned out well. In year two, Wilson hopes to see the offense take another step because the synergy between the two has naturally improved.
Now, according to Wilson, when the two arrive for a meeting following practice they both have an idea of what the other is thinking and more easily share ideas. That enhanced relationship has helped the pair work on expanding the downfield passing game .
"How we're trying to attack defenses, how we're trying to make plays, it's very exciting," Wilson said.
Last week Schottenheimer said he believed Seattle is the best play-action team in the league and that statement is not farfetched.
"Russ’s ability to throw the ball deep down the field, that was evident last year the last eight games, we were, I think, top three or four," Schottenheimer said. "He’s just got a great feel for it."
D.K. Metcalf and the rookie receivers:
The shimmer and shine that covers rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf has yet to wear off. He's so far lived up to expectations this offseason, albeit in non-live action without pads.
"I think DK is looking really, really special," Wilson said. "He can do anything and everything. He's tremendous."
Seattle also drafted Gary Jennings - banged up and out of practice - in the fourth round and John Ursua in the seventh round. Having three rookie receivers can often prove daunting but according to Wilson, all three have assimilated well.
"To be honest with you, not in a negative way, I'm kind of shocked at how good we've been in terms of the young guys coming in...," Wilson said. "Just how everything has clicked in such a smooth way. I feel like I've been doing it for years with these guys and so that's a good thing."
Wilson said he's been impressed with both the intelligence and skill of the new receivers.
"The amount of guys that we have across the board from left to right that can really make a lot of plays and do a lot of special things is exciting," Wilson said.
At the forefront remains Metcalf, who is impossible to miss at 6-foot-3, 228-pounds of blazing beastliness. But there's more to Metcalf than physical prowess. Wilson said Metcalf is a very cerebral receiver, which has helped him make a strong transition thus far.
"How he processes information and how he quickly he understands it, he is really intelligent," Wilson said. "He understands the game really well. He takes coaching well. He gets extra work. He's a legit pro wide receiver. He's everything that everybody was talking about in terms of what he's capable of and more."
Wilson said he learned quickly what Metcalf had to offer during a 20-minute conversation with him shortly after the Seahawks selected him in the second round of April's NFL Draft. .
"You can sense it," Wilson said. "When you've been around and you've played and you've understand and you've played yourself, you can tell the guys that really hunting for something special. And I think he is."
Of course, all of the praise now ultimately won't mean much if the rookies don't shine when things get real come late July.
"The biggest things is, the reality...we'll find out a lot when we strap on the pads and make plays," Wilson said. "That's when you find the true stars and the true players."
Wilson said he plans to host the receivers to Los Angeles, Calif., later this summer for some additional work, something he's done since following his rookie year.
Surging offensive line: Left tackle Duane Brown said last week that he believes Seattle's offensive line could develop into the best the NFL has to offer. Right tackle Germain Ifedi said yesterday that he didn't believe Brown's assertions were out of bounds.
Wilson said today that the continuity of the line (four starters return) gives the group a chance to be great.
"I think that finally we've got some consistency upfront of what we know what we want to do and how we want to do it," Wilson said. "If we continue to run the football really well, pass protect and make our explosive plays but also just be great in clutch time, then there's nothing we can't do.
Does $140 million bring added pressure?: Wilson signed a four-year extension this offseason that made him the highest paid player in the NFL and gave him five years total under contract with the Seahawks. Such status, Wilson said, does not come with added pressure.
"No, not at all," he said. "I think I always put enough positive pressure on myself. You look forward to the moments, you look forward to the challenges, you look forward to the opportunity, you look forward to greatness, you look forward to having success, and then it doesn’t waver. My mindset from my first year to this year, it didn’t change anything. I always say pressure was when my dad was on his death bed. And this is a game I get to play. I get to throw a football for a living and get to do what I love to do and get to be around a lot of great guys and a lot of great fans. So I think there’s an excitement to do what you set out to do, and that’s to win a Super Bowl."