JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Richard Sherman didn’t, well, duck when it came to questions Thursday about an assessment he made earlier this month concerning the passes of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.
In one of the regular weekly columns he writes for the SI.com’s “Monday Morning Quarterback,” Sherman rated Manning as the smartest quarterback in the NFL but finished by writing “his arm, however, is another story. His passes will be accurate and on time, but he throws ducks.’’
Manning was asked about that comment Thursday and noted that he’s been pretty successful with his throwing style.
“I believe it to be true,’’ he said with a laugh. “They say he is a smart player, and I think that’s a real reach with what he is saying there. I do throw ‘ducks’. I’ve thrown a lot of yards and touchdowns ‘ducks’. I am actually quite proud of it.”
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Sherman, who met the media after Manning, was told what Manning had said and responded: “I agree. That’s exactly what I said. That’s what I said.”
In fact, Sherman had given a much more elaborate response on that topic when asked last week when the Seahawks were still in Seattle if he had any regrets about writing that comment.
“No,’’ Sherman said then. “He still does it. I mean they’re accurate as ever, they’re accurate as ever. He throws spirals and they’re there, or he throws a wobbler, and it still gets there just the same. He really doesn’t care how he delivers the ball because it gets there just the same, accurately and on point. That’s what makes him a great quarterback.
“Sometimes he’ll catch the ball and he won’t catch it with the laces, and he’ll throw it without the laces and get it exactly where he wants to get it. He doesn’t care how it looks and the receivers don’t care because all of them have 10 touchdowns right now, and everybody is getting what they deserve.”
Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas said he hadn’t heard of Sherman’s original comment, but agreed that all that matters is that the ball gets there.
“Whichever animal or word you want to use to describe Peyton’s passes, I’ll take them every day,’’ he said. “Whether that be duck, goose, cat passes, I’ll continue taking them.”
Lockette looking to play
It’s only sort-of true that no Seahawk player has ever been to the Super Bowl before.
One, Ricardo Lockette, was there a year ago with the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. Except Lockette was on the 49ers’ practice squad, meaning he wasn’t eligible to play.
This year, though, Lockette is on Seattle’s 53-man active roster, after being elevated from the Seahawks’ practice squad eight games into the season.
And the knowledge that he could be playing has Lockette taking a different approach to this Super Bowl week.
“Oh, extremely different,’’ he said. “Last year was a vacation for me. I had no worries. I knew I wasn’t going to play, so I was just shopping and partying and just enjoying it. This year, it’s more serious, so I’m just buckling down. I haven’t been out yet. I’m just looking forward to getting this ring.’’
Asked if that meant he hadn’t even been across the river to New York, Lockette said no.
“You win a Super Bowl, you can go wherever you want to go,’’ he said. “So I’m just buckling down this week to get the job done.’’
Seattle can’t be any healthier as it enters the countdown to the game as all 53 players on the active roster were full participants in Thursday’s practice.
The only player who had not been a full participant Wednesday was running back Marshawn Lynch, who took his regular rest day.
“He’s fine. That’s a routine day for us on Wednesday,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, in quotes supplied by the NFL, which also noted that Seattle had a 90-minute unpadded practice. “That absolutely helps him. We found a good rhythm for him during the course of the last couple years. Resting him on Wednesday really helps him get ready for the ball games.”
The NFL report also said that receivers Doug Baldwin (hip) and Percy Harvin (concussion) also had no limitations and noted that Harvin ran quickly and with a spring in his step. The NFL report also said that defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (ankle) was off to the side during part of the warmup and drills period — appearing to adjust the taping on his foot or his equipment — but he took part in team drills.
“Everybody is fine. No issues at all,” Carroll said, according to the NFL report. “It’s fantastic to have everybody going, knowing that everybody is healthy. Of course they’re excited about that, too. We’re very fortunate in that sense.”
• Seattle again worked out indoors at the practice facility of the New York Giants from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Denver also practiced indoors on Thursday, And like the Seahawks, the Broncos are pretty healthy. According to the NFL report, of the 53 players on the active roster, the only non-participant was defensive tackle Sione Fua, who has a calf injury.