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Tuesday in Hawkville: The quarterbacks come out competing

Posted Aug 12, 2014

It was a Tuesday practice, but it also was “Competition Wednesday” on the Pete Carroll calendar. And the quarterbacks – Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson, Terrelle Pryor and B.J. Daniels – came up with their own competitive angle.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 12, when the Seahawks held the 12th practice at their Training Camp presented by Bing:

WORD OF THE DAY: COMPETITION

Russell Wilson was as sharp in the last practice open to fans as he has been since the training camp sessions began on July 25. So was No. 4 QB B.J. Daniels; as were incumbent backup Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor, who was acquired in an April trade with the Oakland Raiders.

During this “Competition Wednesday” practice that falls on a Tuesday this week because the Seahawks play their preseason home opener against the San Diego Chargers at CenturyLink Field on Friday night, the quarterbacks were waging their own friendly competition.

“There’s competition going on, and they had a competition within their group,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said after the team practiced under cloudy skies along the shores of Lake Washington. “So they’re trying to battle and win, and they were all going after it.”

The QB competition awarded points that increased with the length of completions.

Wilson laid a nice pass over the defender and into the hands of wide receiver Phil Bates for a touchdown in the 7-on-7 drill; dropped in pass to wide receiver Chris Matthews between defenders for another long gain; and also hit wide receiver Doug Baldwin in stride as he was streaking up the sideline. Jackson got into the nice-touch act by putting a pass just over a defender and into the hands of rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson for a touchdown. Daniels passed for a TD on his second snap.

YOU DON'T SAY

“It’s just one of those love affairs that you almost want to leave your wife for. The fans just make it so much better to come out there; it makes it easier to practice.”

Defensive lineman Michael Bennett on the 31,545 12th Man fans who packed the berm during the 12 training camp practices that were open to the public

“It’s too early to make any kind of statements,” coach Pete Carroll said when asked about the competition to be the backup to Wilson. “We just have a quarter under their belts (in the preseason opener against the Broncos) so far or whatever.”

Jackson was 5 of 7 for 47 yards in Denver on Thursday night after replacing Wilson, while Pryor was 9 of 16 for 137 yards after stepping in for Jackson.

“I thought both guys performed well,” Carroll said. “They understood what was going on. They were very aware of the situations. They were comfortable playing. They played with different lines, so it was a little bit different on what was going on up front. I thought they both showed strengths.”

On Jackson: “Tarvaris has been really just steady as can be for quite some time. Really been efficient and he had a great preseason last year. He’s off to another good start here.”

On Pryor: “We have a lot more to learn about Terrelle, because we don’t know as much about him. He’s had a great offseason with us. He’s been really fun to have. He’s such a fantastic athlete and competes so hard at trying to win this job. He’s off to a really very encouraging start right now.”

INJURY REPORT: PERCY HARVIN LIMPS OFF, BUT RETURNS

The concern level spikes into the red zone when wide receiver Percy Harvin stayed on the field after catching a pass over the middle. He limped off the field and went to the training room, but returned – to cheers from the fans in the patio area at VMAC.

“He got stepped on, on the back of his heel,” Carroll said. “He got scrapped up pretty good. He’s OK, though.”

The No. 1 offensive line got a boost as Pro Bowl center Max Unger returned to practice, while Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle Russell Okung and left guard James Carpenter got their most reps of camp. All three sat out last Thursday’s preseason opener.

“It was the first time really that we felt we had everybody on the field at the same time,” Carroll said. “It really feels good for us to see that we’re going to start the process of the continuity that’s so important there.”

All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor also got more reps as he works his way back from offseason hip surgery.

“Kam is such a big factor that he affects everybody,” Carroll said. “So it’s great to have him back out.”

PLAYS OF THE DAY:

STAT DU JOUR: TURBO-CHARGED

Whenever Russell Wilson is asked about Robert Turbin, which is more often than you might think, the team’s third-year quarterback points out that Turbin lost some of his longest plays last season because of penalties. Just how much? Plays that would have been his longest run and tied for his longest reception of the season:

Play (opponent)  Nullified by
24-yard run (49ers) Holding penalty
19-yard reception (Titans) False start

Note: The run was 2 yards shy of tying Turbin’s career-long; the reception was 1 yard shy of tying his career-long.

Pass defense: Cornerback Byron Maxwell intercepted a pass that went off the hands of running back Robert Turbin. But second-year corner Tharold Simon tipped away a pair of passes – the first at the goal line against Richardson, the second in the end zone against Bryan Walters.

Run defense: Nose tackle Brandon Mebane, in what is becoming a routine play, slipped through the line quickly and explosively to get to Demitrius Bronson just after the rookie running back had taken the handoff.

Pass offense: So many from which to choose (see above). But Wilson’s nicely thrown pass between defenders to Matthews was textbook stuff, and he gets beaucoup bonus points because of the touch he displayed.

Run offense: Marshawn Lynch getting around the left edge and up the sideline for a nice gain, thanks to a powerful path-clearing push block by Okung.

DOUSED, AGAIN

At the conclusion of the Seahawks’ 43-8 romp over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, Wilson and tight end Zach Miller gave Carroll the traditional treatment by dumping a bucket of Gatorade over their coach’s head. The pair struck again at the end of Carroll’s Q&A session with the media, but this time the dousing was with ice water and benefited ALS.

“There’s a tremendous program going on with the ALS Challenge – the Ice Bucket Challenge,” Carroll said, pre-dousing. “I was challenged by coach (Steve) Sarkisian (of USC). Also challenged by Commissioner Roger Goodell. So let me have it, boys.”

After Wilson and Miller had completed their double-dousing, Carroll offered, “I extend my challenge. I want to keep it in close to the NFC West coaches. Bruce Arians (of the Cardinals), Jeff Fisher (of the Rams) and Jim Harbaugh (of the 49ers), I challenge you to go through the Ice Bucket Challenge yourselves.”

REMEMBERING ROBIN WILLIAMS

Carroll was in the same graduating class at Redwood High School Larkspur, Calif., as comedian Robin Williams, who was found dead on Monday.

“It’s a tremendous loss,” Carroll said. “We were not real close … but everybody knew that he was there. It’s a huge loss. What an extraordinary personality and character. He’s been so constantly great for so long, it’s a terrible loss for everybody. They loved him so much.”

UP NEXT: BREAKING CAMP

Camp will break after a morning practice on Wednesday. The schedule for the players won’t change that much, but those who live in the area get to move out of the hotel they’ve been housed in since camp opened on July 24.

The players also will practice Thursday morning, their final full session before Friday night’s preseason home opener against the San Diego Chargers at CenturyLink Field.

Tuesday’s 12th and final practice that was open to the public drew the largest crowd – 3,031 fans. Among the sideline spectators early in practice was owner Paul Allen.