Former Washington Husky Keith Price is right back in his element, playing quarterback in Seattle, but this time the stakes are higher and he’s the low man on the totem pole.
Fortunately for him, he knows the program and was already set to get the call from the Seahawks after last weekend’s NFL Draft. As he continued to shine his infectious grin to the media after the first day of rookie mini-camp on Friday, he summed up the barrage of events that followed the draft’s end.
Immediately! It probably wasn’t three minutes after the draft and Pete made the call and I committed to him…
Soon as I got the call, I jumped on a flight. I don’t think I even folded my clothes, I just threw everything into suitcases, then I got up here. Soon as I got here I asked for my playbook and I’ve been spending hours a day just going over my stuff, making sure that I’m mentally ready to take on the next day.
Clearly Price will be a little bit in awe of the transition in talent that he is sure to encounter as the defending Super Bowl champs get (back) together and even now there’s a big jump. For example, asked about the speed burst shown by fellow rookie and second round draft pick Paul Richardson on a long touchdown throw from himself earlier in the day:
Oh my god! That guy’s a blazer man. He told me to throw him the ball deep today, I seen one on one (coverage) with him, I kinda let it rip, he made a great play and we scored a touchdown.
Then asked about what it means to put the Seahawks jersey on:
Man it’s awesome! If you would have told me when I was younger that I’d have been even close to coming to the NFL I’d have probably laughed at you. Now I’m here, I have a great opportunity ahead of me and I’m just kinda soaking it up, being a sponge.
Pete Carroll opened his presser with a positive note on Price’s day, which is always good. When the subject was brought back up a few moments later, the head coach was very intrigued and pleased by how far along Price is in the program after just a few days of soaking up the playbook and all it is to be a Seahawk quarterback.
He’s done well. He’s done real well. It looks like he’s been around. I think somebody mentioned that, it looks like he’s been close enough to us to… he’s run real similar stuff. He’s got a great advantage over Zach Zulli who’s run more offense at the line of scrimmage… you can tell.
So Keith Price is right back to competing at the quarterback position and he’s already getting noticed. But it will continue to be more and more difficult to continue to be noticed, as the Seahawks are carrying three different quarterbacks with experience as season-opening starters in the league already.
For now he just needs to show growth in days two and three of mini-camp. He says he’s ready to take on the challenge though and there are a lot of Seattle folk pulling for this kid to make it, whether it be as a Seahawk or somewhere else in the league.
One thing seems sure, that smile isn’t going anywhere and as far as backing down from the pressure, neither is Price.