RENTON, Wash. -- Early in the Seattle Seahawks' scrimmage Saturday afternoon, Russell Wilson lobbed a pass deep down the left sideline for Jimmy Graham, who had gained a step on the defender. It was the type of play the Seahawks envisioned when they acquired Graham in a blockbuster offseason trade -- the 6-foot-7 tight end using his speed to get open down the field and his size to overmatch a smaller defender.
But this pass was intercepted, cornerback Mohammed Seisay leaping to pick off the underthrown ball.
As evident as the connection between Graham and Wilson has been this offseason, the two most important figures in Seattle's passing game are still working at it.
"The chemistry has been more than I could ever imagine," Graham said. "For example, today in the scrimmage we had one we didn't connect on, so then after practice we did it about four or five times. That's how we're going to do it every day, each and every day. I told him, anything we're iffy about we're going to get it after practice because the season is right here. When those big moments come, I want that connection to be right."
Wilson and Graham managed to hook up a few times later in the scrimmage, including once for a short touchdown. On another Graham catch, he lined up in the slot and shook linebacker Tyrell Adams off the line of scrimmage to get open.
Here are more notes from the Seahawks' scrimmage:
The first-team offense went against the second- and third-team defense, and vice versa. Starters didn't play against each other. Coach Pete Carroll said the goals were to work on situational football -- including red-zone and two-minute situations -- and to tax the players physically. It was a full-padded scrimmage, though it wasn't full contact as defenders were instructed to wrap up but not tackle.
Drew Nowak was at center and Alvin Bailey was at left guard with the first-team offense. Those are the two spots along Seattle's offensive line that aren't yet settled. Nowak is competing with Lemuel Jeanpierre and Patrick Lewis. Rookie Kristjan Sokoli, a converted defensive tackle, is pushing Bailey at left guard, though Sokoli has also played center.
Marshawn Lynch didn't take part in the scrimmage. He was merely getting an off day, something Seattle regularly gives its veteran players, Lynch in particular. That left Robert Turbin, Christine Michael and undrafted rookies Thomas Rawls and Rod Smith to share carries. Michael had the most impressive play of the group when he caught a shovel pass from Wilson then cut all the way across the field for a touchdown.
Seattle's defense had three other interceptions in addition to Seisay's. Two came on throws from third-string quarterback R.J. Archer. He was intercepted by Will Blackmon on an underthrown pass in the end zone and also by Steven Terrell when he threw across his body and into multiple defenders. Cary Williams peeled back to intercept Tarvaris Jackson.
Bruce Irvin had three sacks, two of them coming in a span of three plays. Each time he blew past the right tackle without much resistance. Irvin gained about nine pounds in the offseason, but that added size doesn't seem to have come at the expense of his quickness off the snap.
Brady Henderson is the editor-in-chief at ESPN Seattle/710Sports.com.