Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson left last Sunday’s game with a strained hamstring and took a limited number of snaps in Wednesday’s practice. But the fifth-year pro hopes he can recover from the injury in time to face the Seattle Seahawks for a couple of reasons.
First, he’d like to help his team finally snap out of the funk that has plagued them ever since they returned from the bye, six straight losses ago. Secondly, the game would mark the first time he has faced the Seahawks, who drafted him in the second round of the 2007 draft and traded him to the Baltimore Ravens before last season.
“It’s definitely going to be a good game for me to get back to what’s formerly known as Qwest, get back to the team that brought me into the league and see the area again,” said Wilson, who played in high school at DeMatha, in college at Maryland and signed with the Redskins as a free agent this past summer. “It would be great to play with one team all your career. When you come in this career, that’s what you want to do. But coaches change, personnel changes and you’ve got to be able to go with flow. Not being in Seattle is the choice they had for me. It brought me back home and I don’t regret that decision at all.”
Wilson said he never questioned why the Seahawks, who last season brought in a new head coach in Pete Carroll, traded him despite the fact that was coming off consecutive productive seasons.
“You don’t really have to ask why,” Wilson chuckled. “You could look at my height and their corner’s height.”
Wilson is 5 feet 9 while Seattle’s current starting cornerbacks, Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, are 6-3 and 6-4, respectively.
Wilson said he still has fond memories of his time in Seattle.
“I had an interception to seal a game versus Denver, two picks against Brett Favre and a sack,” he recalled. “There are a lot of memories I have in that stadium. It has a lot of value to me, and it’s the place where I played my first NFL game.”
During his three seasons with the Seahawks, Wilson recorded a combined six interceptions and three touchdowns.
But he has yet to record his first interception as a Redskin despite displaying solid coverage skills, especially in the last two games.
Wilson said he hasn’t forced things, and has focused on executing the way coaches instruct him. But he wouldn’t mind getting that first interception, and possibly a touchdown, against Seattle.
“That’s been my thing is interceptions, and not only getting interceptions but turning them around and putting them in the end zone,” Wilson said. “My career, I’ve been able to make not just big plays but huge plays to change games. Here, I feel like I’ve played solid, but haven’t really changed games. It is kind of something I want to show Redskins fans what I can do, but again, I’m playing within my box out there. … I’ll make whatever I can happen.”