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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

August 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

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Camp Carroll: Day 10

RENTON -- The most important player at Wednesday's practice looked absolutely great.

In fact, Matt Flynn looked very much like the starting quarterback the Seahawks hoped he could be when they signed him back in March.

Oh, you thought I was talking about someone else? Well, that guy looked pretty good physically, but confessed to feeling not quite as good as he hoped in his first practice with the team.

"Just a little rusty," Owens said afterward. "But just glad to be out here. Grateful for the opportunity the Seahawks have given me, and thankful to God for giving me this opportunity. Today didn't go as particularly well as I would like, but it's definitely a step in the right direction."

Remember when it seemed like Seattle's question at quarterback was going to overshadow everything else? Well, that was so last week, because Flynn worked exclusively with the first-unit offense on Wednesday and looked the best he has all training camp and when it came time for him to talk to reporters after practice, he had about half the volume of reporters who waited on T.O.'s every word.

Flynn completed a couple passes to tight end Zach Miller and also found Golden Tate in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Afterward, he said that this week is a chance he's hoping to make the very most of as he prepares to start in Saturday's exhibition game against Tennessee.

"I'm excited about it," Flynn said. "It's not something that I'm nervous about, I think too much about. I'm excited to get the opportunity. This is kind of what I've been looking for and waiting for. It's going to be good to be able to get these reps the next couple of days at practice, get in a rhythm. Even today, after offense got going, we played well today. We got in a rhythm. We were in sync with each other. Hopefully that continues and continues on Saturday."

And now, how about that new receiver?

"Thought you might ask that," Flynn said. "It's good. This is a guy that everyone on the team has watched growing up, playing football."

Personnel-ity plus

• LB Bobby Wagner returned to practice Tuesday after missing three days last week with a thigh bruise.

• TE Anthony McCoy also returned after missing about a week because of a hamstring injury.

• Not practicing: WR Doug Baldwin (hamstring), WR Ricardo Lockette (leg), DE Jameson Konz (shoulder), LB Matt McCoy (knee) and DT Alan Branch (leg).

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