Pete Carroll complimented Tarvaris Jackson on the way he threw the ball, and said his incumbent starting quarterback played with confidence in the team’s opening day of minicamp this afternoon.
Jackson mostly worked with the first unit today. It will be Matt Flynn’s turn to work with the first unit on Wednesday, as Carroll continues to rotate those two and rookie Russell Wilson with the first unit.
“He’s doing very well,” Carroll said about Jackson. “He looks really healthy and strong, and very confident in what we’re doing. And he’s making it hard on these guys.”
Jackson said he’s not concerned with how the reps have been divided up, and just wants to take advantage of his opportunities when he gets them.
Jackson also said the situation he went through in Minnesota with Brett Favre helped prepare him in dealing with the quarterback competition here in Seattle.
“It’s helped me out a whole lot,” Jackson said. “It’s a different situation. But it helped me to be able to kind of let things play out the way they’re going to play out, because when it really comes down to it, those guys upstairs are going to make the decision. It’s kind of out of my hands regardless. The only thing I can control is how I play, and how I perform.”
Sidney Rice said the sooner Carroll makes a decision and establishes who will be the starter, the better off the team will be.
“It doesn’t matter who is back there,” Rice said. “I’m confident in all three of the guys that we have – Russell, Tarvaris and Matt. So we’ll see how it goes. The coaches are going to make that decision, and hopefully it’s early in training camp. That would be fair to the rest of the team to know who are leader is going to be. So we look forward to that.
“I feel like when you’ve got goals set like we have, you need to know who’s going to be controlling the offense. So we’ll see what happens.”
Jackson says his torn pectoral muscle is fully healthy and he feels fine. Asked how far he can throw, Jackson said he once threw the ball 80 yards in a throwing competition his freshman year at Arkansas.
“I don’t really like to do it,” Jackson said. “But one of my quarterbacks actually wanted to see if he could throw farther than me, and he forced me to do it. And I smashed him.”
* Carroll said receiver Golden Tate has a slight crack in his right hand, but will be running tomorrow and should be ready for training camp. Carroll said if there was a game this week Tate could play.
* Mike Williams is close to returning from a broken ankle, according to Carroll. “He just hasn’t done enough work running routes and changing directions and things like that to let him go,” Carroll said. “But he can run straight ahead full speed. So he’s getting close to being full-go.”
* In for a tryout this week, receiver Antonio Bryant got some work during individual drills and looked okay, but was mostly a spectator for the team portion of practice. “Well, that’s the first time we’ve seen him and it’s been awhile since he played,” Carroll said. “He has not had a chance to work with anybody much, so we’ve got to give it a few days and see what we can see. We know that he was a fantastic athlete at one time with a lot of potential, so we’ll see where he fits.”
* Linebacker Barrett Ruud is close to returning to the field. Ruud, who’s recovering from groin, knee and shoulder injuries, ran full speed up and down the hill next to the team’s practice field.
* Rookie safety Winston Guy (shoulder) is still wearing a red jersey, but Carroll likes what he sees from the University of Kentucky product so far, and believes he can be an asset in some of the team’s specialty defensive packages. * Roy Lewis continues to play some safety, giving the University of Washington product some more versatility. Lewis also can play cornerback outside, but his main position is as a nickel cornerback inside on the slot.
* Some receivers had a case of the drops today. Ben Obomanu dropped three passes and Kris Durham failed to come up with a pass from Jackson on a deep ball that Brandon Browner managed to strip out. Deon Butler dropped a tough catch while diving out for the ball in the flat, and tight end Anthony McCoy could not come up with a ball over the middle while reaching back for it.. However, Obomanu did make up for one of the drops with a nice catch on a deep ball. Obomanu worked at split end with the first unit, while Butler worked at flanker.
* John Moffitt was back with the first unit working at right guard.
* Overall, Seattle’s offense looked more crisp on Tuesday, breaking the huddle and getting to the line of scrimmage quickly. Jackson did a better job of working through his progressions, and if nothing was there, checking the ball down.
* University of Washington product Jermaine Kearse wore a boot on his left foot and did not practice. Others who sat out include Walter Thurmond, Chris Maragos, Malcolm Smith, Tate, Williams and Ruud. Thurmond is walking and putting pressure on his broken leg and moving around without a scooter. Clemons was the only person on the 90-man roster not accounted for on the field.
* Offensive lineman James Carpenter (knee) worked on stance and starts again, this time working against a bag on the side while the rest of his teammates went through individual drills.