Seahawks vs Broncos : The Seahawks will open their preseason this Thursday night when they host the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field. After a winless preseason in 2018 – the first in franchise history – Seattle is hoping to snap the streak with a victory in the first matchup.
== MATCH INFO ==
NFL Football 2019 Preseason Week 1
Team : Seahawks vs Broncos
Date : Thursday, August 8
Start Time : 10:00 Pm Et
“Well, there’s a lot of excitement about this because we wait so long,” coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday. “The anticipation all throughout the offseason, we talk about the game so often and it finally gets here.
With so many new faces on the team and a full roster of 90 players, Carroll is excited to finally up the tempo to evaluate the product on the field.
“The first time we’ll go full speed is when we kick off, as far as getting people on the ground,” Carroll explained. “It’s a big deal to us. It’s a really, really big deal to the guys that have their first opportunity, the guys that are here for the first time. We dedicate the game to those guys and make sure they get a lot of playtime and opportunity to know that they are in a football game for the first time.
Here’s everything you need to know to catch the action Thursday night.
As the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft was underway, Ursua started to consider the idea that he may go undrafted. The Seahawks had shown some interest in him, but as far as he knew they didn’t have any picks left.
“Yeah, I was really nervous as soon as that sixth round ended,” Ursua told John Clayton show producer Maura Dooley in an interview that will air Thursday on 710 ESPN Seattle. “I just kind of said to myself, OK, I’m not sure if this is going to happen. I did take a 30 visit [NFL teams are allowed a private visit with a maximum of 30 draft prospects] out here about a month before and so I knew there was some interest, but I knew going into the seventh they didn’t have a seventh-round pick.
The Seahawks may not have have had a seventh-round pick at the time, but they went out of their way to get one – and take Ursua with it.
“I was quite nervous, but as soon as I got the call I was just beyond happy,” Ursua said. “I was full of joy. I was there with my family. It was just a memory I’ll never forget.
Now that he’s competing for a spot with the Seahawks, the former University of Hawaii standout wants to soak up everything he can from working with quarterback Russell Wilson.
“Man, just to experience his greatness and just to be able to call him a teammate is such a blessing and an honor because you’re just in the presence of greatness every day you step out onto the field. It’s beautiful because I get to learn from him and he’s one of the best in the league.”
Learning from Wilson became a more intimate experience this offseason when Seattle’s quarterback hosted his own “summer camp” in San Diego for his teammates. Ursua was one of the receivers that participated and said it was huge for the rookies on the offense.
“That was the whole point of it you know, for him to get us out there and to bond, to build that camaraderie amongst each other. To be able to go out there and do that and to be welcomed to his house and everything, it was just a huge builder for all of us,” he said. “I couldn’t pass that up. That was just a time of my life. … Being able to meet him and Ciara and everything, that was all cool, so it was fun.
It wasn’t just football that Ursua bonded with Wilson over. Ursua grew up playing basketball and apparently he and Russell made quite the tandem, as you can see on Russell’s Summer Camp video series on YouTube.
When asked about their dominance on the court, Ursua doesn’t hesitate to confirm.
“Oh yeah, we were 14-0 until… we were going to stop at 15, so we’re like hey, if we get 15 we’re done. We went 14-0 and then DK (Metcalf) and Keenan Reynolds beat us that 15th game, but we were unstoppable. We gave everybody a chance to have fun and play but they couldn’t beat us.