Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck looked “completely healed and in fine form” at organized team activities (OTAs), according to Dave Boling of The Tacoma News Tribune.
Hasselbeck, 33, has been hard at work in rehabbing from a back injury that limited him to seven games in ’08. The Seahawks stumbled to a 4-12 finish, and a new offensive coordinator was hired in the offseason.
But Hasselbeck is taking the new challenge head on, he told The News Tribune.
- “It’s obviously a new system,” he said, citing the scheme put in place by new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. “I didn’t play much last year; I had a tough injury. It was a very frustrating season.”
Boling noted that Hasselbeck’s back didn’t seem to limit him at all.
- Even before the team came together for stretching in a practice last week, he’d thrown probably 50 passes to receivers, tight ends and backs. Each time, he took a precise drop, planted the back foot, turned and stepped into the throw. Of the 50 or so, in a variety of routes, perhaps one throw was slightly misplaced.
- Seriously. The release is so consistent and the spiral so tight, he resembles a baseball pitcher with perfect “command” of all his pitches.
That’s good news for Seahawks fans, as the team will likely need a healthy Hasselbeck if it is to return to the playoffs.