Percy Harvin spent some timeafter his latest practice talking about the state of the Seahawks’ offense two weeks before the games get real.
“We are on schedule, for the most part,” Harvin said following Wednesday’s work at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Friday’s exhibition game against Chicago at CenturyLink Field.
Harvin has looked almost supersonic at times this summer, his first practices since offseason surgery on his hip. He said earlier this month that he’s found “another gear” — which he lacked last season. He appeared in just one regular-season game plus the divisional playoff game against New Orleans (before he got knocked out of that with a concussion) and then a zooming performance in the Super Bowl.
Wednesday, the sixth-year veteran was asked when the last time was he felt this healthy, this fast.
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Harvin paused for a moment to ponder that.
It’s the only time he’s been slowed this summer.
“Maybe before college,” he said.
In other words, about a decade ago. Back when he was starring at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va.
“All the injuries I’ve had, a couple extra (months) to heal up from everything last year … everything that I had with my hip, it controlled a lot — the hamstring, the knee problems,” Harvin said. “My legs are feeling how they are supposed to feel. Very fluid. Very smooth.
“Like I said, it’s all good.”
That could be all bad for opposing defensive coordinators this season.
STARTERS TO PLAY 3 QUARTERS FRIDAY?
Wednesday’s practice was light, in shorts and helmets without pads, like a Friday workout two days before a regular-season game.
Expect the starters to play into the second half in what amounts to their final “dress rehearsal” before the Sept. 4 opener against Green Bay. The exhibition finale typically has mere cameo appearances by the starters, with that game — which will be Aug. 28 at the Oakland Raiders — devoted to determining the final jobs before cuts to the 53-man regular-season roster are due Aug. 30.
“I believe that Coach (Pete Carroll) is going to want us to play though the half and probably through the third quarter, I’d assume,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “I’m excited (about) getting out there and playing the first half and hopefully a little bit more and seeing how we do.”
After practice, Lakewood’s Jermaine Kearse, a budding golfer, joined teammates Steven Hauschka and Cooper Helfet in a pitching-wedge competition with Seattle-area native and professional golfer Fred Couples and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who was wearing gray 12th-man socks.
They each took three shots each from the northwest edge of the VMAC’s fields, aiming for a hole on an island green floating about 90 yards offshore. Hauschka, who says he is a five handicap, put one onto the green. Kearse and Helfet splashed all three of their shots into Lake Washington.
Couples and Ballmer each put two of their three shots on. Ballmer’s third shot smashed a remote camera that a team staffer had mounted into the ground a few yards in front of the shot area.
Told jokingly that the camera cost $2 billion to replace, the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers laughed and replied, “That’s what everything costs these days.”
Couples and Ballmer went to a final-round playoff, which Ballmer won.
Ballmer wasn’t sure how he beat the Senior PGA Tour star, who is back home to play in this week’s Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
“I’m a random-number generator when it comes to golf swings,” Ballmer said.