RENTON — To paraphrase the legendary philosopher Yogi Berra, it can get late early in an NFL training camp.
So even though the Seahawks have played just one preseason game and are less than three weeks into practice, one question had begun to be asked with increasing regularity in recent day: When would Seattle see something out of rookie receiver Gary Jennings?
The answer came Monday, delivered by Jennings himself in emphatic fashion.
During what was officially the 13th practice of training camp, Jennings, a fourth-round pick out of West Virginia taken No. 120 overall, was the undeniable star.
“I think Gary had a great day today,’’ said quarterback Russell Wilson, saying he estimated Jennings as having made “probably eight or so’’ catches.
One came on a throw from Wilson when Jennings adjusted a corner route to take it down the sideline and then leap and bring in the pass with one hand. Jennings also had a long gain on another throw from Paxton Lynch, as well as a touchdown in a red-zone session, when he caught a pass from Lynch in traffic and bowled into the end zone for the score as he was wrapped up by cornerback Simeon Thomas.
“That was his best day yet,’’ said Wilson, who has known Jennings since coaching him on a YMCA basketball team when Jennings was in grade school and Wilson in high school in Richmond, Va. “He really needed it, I think, just being honest with you, just to make some plays and get the ball in his hands. One, to show to himself that he can be great in this league, hopefully. And two, I think ultimately just to (show) the team and everything else.’’
Jennings didn’t go quite that far, saying he was confident a breakthrough would come eventually and that one practice hardly solidifies anything.
“It was a good practice,’’ he said. “It’s just, when the opportunities come your way you’ve just got to capitalize on them. It’s all about being consistent. So I’ve got to go back out and do the next step.’’
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