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Minicamp Wrap-Up 6/11

11 Jun

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The Seahawks opened up their three day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday afternoon. The Seahawks practiced for two hours outdoors today. Here are some notes coming out of the VMAC today.

The shining star from today’s practice was wide receiver Doug Baldwin. From the highlights of practice, Baldwin was running very crisp routes and his timing with quarterback Russell Wilson was consistently in rhythm. Baldwin made two leaping catches that were very impressive, one coming on a curl route, and the other on a slant route. It will be important for Baldwin to impress during this minicamp. He is currently listed as the fourth wide receiver and although it is relatively unlikely, if Baldwin struggles he might be on the hot seat for a roster spot come training camp.

Today I read that Brady Quinn had a rough practice working with the second string offense. Quinn struggled on deep passes and his receivers did not help him too much, dropping a few passes. The biggest issue for Quinn was his overall accuracy. Some passes were either way ahead or slightly behind the intended receivers. Quinn definitely needs to improve because his job may be in serious jeopardy…

… The biggest piece of off-the-field news directly affects Brady Quinn. After the Buffalo Bills released quarterback Tarvaris Jackson yesterday, it was speculated that the Seahawks could have interest in bringing back their former quarterback to compete with Quinn and backup Russell Wilson. Tonight, those speculations became solid. ESPN’s John Clayton was the first to report that the Seahawks will bring Jackson in for a visit, most likely on Wednesday. Clayton was quoted as saying that he believes there is a “better than 50 percent” chance that the Seahawks will sign Jackson. Jackson has strong support from the locker room and I imagine would be welcomed back into the building with open arms.

I really like the possibility of bringing back Tarvaris Jackson to be our backup quarterback. He has worked with this offense for an entire season and there would be a complete understanding that Jackson is the backup and is not competing to be the starter. Going into the offseason, I expressed my desire for the Seahawks to bring in a backup quarterback will a similar skill set to Russell Wilson and could step in and mirror the offense in the event Wilson gets hurt. Jackson has the athletic ability to mirror the zone-read offensive package we have installed and is a big upgrade to Brady Quinn from an athletic perspective. I hope that by the end of minicamp Tarvaris Jackson is the Seahawks backup quarterback and Brady Quinn will be cut.

The Seahawks will practice for another two hours on Wednesday. I’ll be back on the blog tomorrow night for another minicamp wrap-up report. Thanks for reading!

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Hawk Notes 8/21: My Opinion on Wilson’s Start, Update on Jackson

21 Aug

The Seahawks practiced for about two hours this morning but before the team took the field news began to circulate that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will start for the Seahawks Friday night against Kansas City. Wilson took the first-team reps in practice this morning and all indications are he performed well.

The third preseason game is considered a dress rehearsal for the regular season because the starters play into the third quarter and the starters usually sit out the final preseason game. I believe Matt Flynn should be starting against Kansas City this week. Flynn is the only quarterback with experience against starting opposing defenses and he has looked solid enough to lock down the job. I am not opposed to Wilson getting reps with the first-team but I do not think it should happen in the most important preseason game. Wilson should have started the Denver game. If Wilson looks good against the Chiefs, the quarterback competition is cloudier than ever. If Wilson struggles, the job will definitely be Flynn’s. My hope as a fan was to have the starting quarterback named by now but Coach Carroll’s decision making has made this situation very frustrating. I stand by my hope and my prediction that Flynn will be the starter. I believe he has earned the job. Hopefully Coach Carroll will make a final decision in the days leading up to the final preseason game against Oakland.

A brief update on Tarvaris Jackson: John Clayton of ESPN reports that Tarvaris Jackson will be either cut or traded sometime in the next week. The Seahawks are keeping him on the roster for now as insurance in case Flynn or Wilson get hurt. Clayton reports Jackson is not expected to play against Kansas City on Friday night.

The Seahawks will conduct one more full practice tomorrow morning before a walk-through and flight Thursday in preparation for the Kansas City game. Be back tomorrow!