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“That’s it, it’s a wrap,” backup running back Robert Turbin said. “It’s like scout team offense going up against the starting D. You know what I’m saying? It was like, ‘Eww.’ It’s kind of hard to keep the ball away from them.”
Defensive end Cliff Avril senses that the offense isn’t a big fan of “Turnover Thursday” because of the defense’s intensity every week.
“The guys we have on our team, they pride themselves on getting turnovers,” Avril said. “So it’s us kind of imposing our will in a sense.”
Wilson actually enjoys the practices on Thursdays to an extent, but refers to them in a different way.
“I call it ‘No-Turnover Thursdays,’” Wilson said with a laugh. “The defense, they’re trying to find ways to get the football. They’ll do anything to try to poke the football out and, obviously, intercept the ball. It’s been a fun year, doing it. It’s an intense practice. Wednesdays and Thursdays truly feel like a game to us.”
Wednesdays around Seahawks camp are “Competition Wednesdays,” game-like sessions in which the team runs a live scrimmage that includes a play clock and simulates pressure-packed scenarios for both sides of the ball.
Each period of practice is scored, with each play going in favor of the offense or defense. So, whichever side wins the bulk of those periods comes out on top for the day.
“Yeah, we usually win those,” Turbin said with a grin. “We won every Wednesday this year except one, maybe two.”
“To think about that and how hard we play all the time,” Wilson said, “it makes a difference come game time.”
So, if the Seahawks have names for the practices on Wednesdays and Thursdays, what about Fridays?
“It’s called ‘No-Repeat Fridays,’” Avril said. “That means you have to be on your P’s and Q’s. You can’t repeat plays. Guys have to be on point as far as the mental part of the game, because, at that point (in the week), it’s more mental than physical.”
And, what do the Seahawks call Sundays?
“‘Game Day’ or ‘Win Day,’” Avril said, laughing. “We try to win the game. I don’t know. It’s just ‘Game Day,’ I guess.”
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