Jesus Whitehurst & Chris Durham Workout together?

Published on May 12, 2011 by     Seahawks.Com News (Feed)

Kris Durham, the big receiver the Seahawks selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft, needs no introduction to QB Charlie Whitehurst because they’ve been working out together in Georgia.

Kris Durham had been a member of the Seahawks for all of 10 minutes. But the wide receiver from Georgia already had made a connection with Charlie Whitehurst.

Durham, the second of the Seahawks’ two picks in the fourth round of the NFL Draft last month, was nearing the end of his post-selection telephone interview with reporters who cover the team. When asked what aspects of his game he wanted to work on in his continuing development, Durham offered an unexpected response.

“I’ve been training with Charlie down here in Georgia,” he said of Whitehurst, currently the only QB under contract with the Seahawks. “I’ve been able to work with him a little bit, and now that I’m going to be a Seahawk with him, we’re definitely going to get together.”

It was a revelation that slipped through the cracks on a very busy third day of the draft for the Seahawks – when they selected seven prospects in the final four rounds and also held an introductory news conference with first-round pick James Carpenter, a tackle from Alabama.

But the Whitehurst-to-Durham connection definitely is worth revisiting.

Whitehurst was born in Green Bay, when his father, David, was playing for the Packers. But he grew up in the Atlanta area and went to Clemson. He spends time there in the offseason. But even coach Pete Carroll admitted, “I didn’t connect that.”

There is, however, another connection that helped Durham hook up with Whitehurst.

“His hometown, where he went to high school, is right down the street from where my sister lives – which is where I’ve been staying so that I can train,” Durham said of Alpharetta, which is a 30-minute drive from Atlanta.

Talk about your small worlds – not to mention six degrees of separation.

“It was actually kind of funny,” Durham said when asked how he was introduced to Whitehurst. “I’ve been training with the same guy throughout college. One of his friends went to high school with John Busing.”

Busing, who’s also from Alpharetta and was an all-conference safety at Miami of Ohio, has played in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans and New York Giants.

“He kind of got Charlie to start working out with us,” Durham said. “That’s how I got introduced to him. Fortunately, it’s a blessing.”

Durham was not invited to the NFL scouting combine in February, so his Pro Day workout in March was huge for Durham – a 6-foot-5, 216-pounder. Whitehurst was there to help with his preparation.

“He actually started training with me right before the Pro Day,” Durham said. “I’ve only been able to throw the ball with him twice, but I’ve been working out with him a total of about six times.”

Durham’s take on Whitehurst, who was acquired last year in a trade with the San Diego Chargers?

“He’s an amazing quarterback,” said Durham, who was roommates with Matthew Stafford at Georgia and remains friends with the quarterback who was the first pick overall in the 2009 draft by the Detroit Lions.

“I actually see a lot of similarities in those two, with the velocity of the ball and the way they just work,” Durham said. “They understand offenses; understand defenses. All of that kind of correlates.

“I’m just excited to get out there with him.”

Excited is not exactly the word pundits used after the Seahawks made Durham the 107th pick in the draft – and first player not invited to the combine to be selected. But he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds and had a 35-inch vertical jump at his Pro Day workout.

On the field, he led Georgia in receiving five times last season, including a four-catch, 112-yard outing against Vanderbilt. He also had a 101-yard effort (on five receptions) against Arkansas. The Arkansas game was during the four-game suspension of A.J. Green, Georgia’s leading receiver who was the fourth pick overall in last month’s draft by the Bengals.

Playing in the shadow of Green can make it easy to overlook the team’s “other” receiver – even one who is 6-5 and averaged 20.6 yards on 32 receptions last season.

“Kris Durham was kind of an underrated guy, in our opinion,” general manager John Schneider said. “He’s a guy that can take the ball out of the air and does a real nice job of running routes.”

And Carroll likes big receivers, as evidenced by the way he used Mike Williams when they were together at USC and again last season after the Seahawks signed Williams.

“There were different receivers on the board,” Carroll said. “We like Kris because he is 6-5. We wanted another big guy to give us the effect that Mike gives us out there, and to not lose that in case Mike’s not available.”

Which happened three times last season. In those games when Williams was injured, the Seahawks lost to the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers – while averaging 176 passing yards.

“We saw (Kris) in a very special way,” Carroll said.

And what will Seahawks fan see from Durham this season? Think a faster Joe Jurevicius, who became the favorite red-zone target while leading the 2005 team with 10 touchdown receptions. Think someone who is quicker in and out of his routes than Deon Butler, the Seahawks’ third-round pick in 2009 who finished second on the team to Williams with 36 catches last season. Also think a bigger, more-athletic Waldo, because Durham could move around in the offense being installed by new coordinator Darrell Bevell – just as he did at Georgia.

“I did a little bit of everything,” Durham said when asked how he was used in college. “I lined up in the slot. I lined up outside. I lined up a little at every position just because I was able to learn the offense really well and learn how everything correlates together, and so they just used me in a variety of manners.”

As Green told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after Durham’s Pro Day workout, “Kris can catch everything, and I like the way he runs routes.”

But then Charlie Whitehurst already knows that.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

dumb ass denver donkeys

Denver columnist blames coin flip for Broncos loss

The Denver Broncos defense showed improvement in their overtime loss to Seattle, but they were run over in ...
140922-wilson-lynch-round-660

Game at a glance: Seahawks 26, Broncos 20 OT

After surrendering a six-play, 80-yard drive that allowed the Broncos to tie the game at the end of ...
140921wilson660a

Overtime proved to be Russell Wilson time

After the Broncos rallied behind Peyton Manning to tie the score in regulation, Russell Wilson led the Seahawks ...
62KR2.AuSt.5

Hawk secondary has rare off day

Chargers receiver Kennan Allen leveled a shot at Seattle’s All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, contending “he’s just a normal ...
20140915mmm660

Philip Rivers’ performance puts Seahawks defense in redemption mode

Monday metatarsal musings: What Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates were able to do on Sunday just doesn’t happen ...
Z3pJa.AuSt.5

Seahawks’ defense can’t get off field, Seattle loses at San Diego, 30-21

The team bus is leaving Qualcomm Stadium. It only seems like the Seahawks’ defense is still on that ...
20140911harvin660

Unleashing Percy Harvin on the jet sweep

The jet sweep is nothing new, even with Percy Harvin running it as dynamically as he did in ...
1ffZ5G.AuSt.5

Pete Carroll meets with Seahawks about domestic violence

Real life is intersecting with the Seahawks and the rest of the NFL. As with everything else surrounding the ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz