Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson’s first practice with his new team went about how you would expect from a player sitting on the sidelines for the first week of practice, only to jump into the fray during a padded practice.
Jackson dazzled fans on hand with a couple athletic throws not seen around these parts since Seneca Wallace roamed the VMAC two years ago.
But don’t take my word for it.
“I was really impressed,” said new Seattle tight end Zach Miller said. “Obviously just seeing him play on film, and on TV is a lot different than playing with a guy. So getting a chance to get out here with him, I was really impressed. He has a ton of zip on the ball. He was hitting receivers out here, hitting the tight ends. And I was really impressed with how accurate he was.”
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However, Jackson also struggled with getting his timing down and the snap from under center consistently. And he threw wild a couple times. But all in all, Jackson made it through the 2 ½ practice healthy and with ample room for improvement, as he will find out during film evaluation this evening.
“It felt good just to get a chance to get out there and practice with the guys,” Jackson said. “I’ve been here for about a week now. And it’s just been kind of frustrating to be on the sidelines watching. I was just anxious to get out there. And now we got a chance to get out there and get familiar with each other.”
The players arrived on the field at 1:30 p.m., but had to wait about 40 minutes on final approval that the new CBA had been ratified from the NFLPA and the league, getting final the final OK about 10 minutes past 2 p.m.
Along with Jackson, we got our first look at free agents offensive guard Robert Gallery, tight end Zach Miller and receiver Sidney Rice on offense.
Rice made the most noticeable impact, making a highlight reel catch by stretching and coming down with a high ball over the middle of the defense.
Jackson and Rice also connected on several sideline routes, and as expected, appeared to have a good rapport already developed.
Miller also as good as advertised, showing reliable hands and making several catches down the seam of the defense. The Seahawks used two tight-end sets a bunch today, so we got an opportunity to see Miller and John Carlson together on the field. As Pete Carroll and Tom Cable mentioned on Tuesday, Miller expects the two to work well together.
“We’re similar, but we’re different too,” Miller said. “We can play off each other. Any time you can put pressure on a defense with two tight ends sets, you’re going to give them headaches. We’re going to do a lot of that, and it’s going to be really good for our offense.”
Offensive guard Robert Gallery jumped right in and worked with the starting unit at left guard, and made an impact both in the run game and pass protection.
* As expected, Jackson really played well when moving outside the pocket, including 25-yard strike to Carlson on a sideline route, and a pump fake that got Kentwan Balmer up in the air, completing a pass over the middle to Kris Durham.
But he also showed patience in dealing with the blitz, making a nice flick throw under pressure to Marshawn Lynch out in the flat, who bowled ahead for another 10 yards.
Jackson also appeared to carry himself with the athletic arrogance or swagger you come to expect from a starting quarterback in the NFL.
* Jackson said center Max Unger and receiver Doug Baldwin are two players that have stood out to him as he watched practice over the past week.
* Safety Kam Chancellor continues to shine, as he battles for the starting safety job next to Earl Thomas. Chancellor had his second interception in two days off a tipped ball by Aaron Curry intended to Carlson, Jackson’s only interception of the day.
* Practice overall was pretty ragged today, with several false starts, fumbled snap exchanges and dropped passes. It’s something that you expect to see about this time in camp, with guys who have been practicing getting a little tired, and the free agents who have not practiced looking more than a little bit rusty.
* Here’s the two-deep for the Oline. First unit – Russell Okung, Robert Gallery, Max Unger, John Moffitt and James Carpenter. Second unit – Tyler Polumbus, Paul Mquistan, Mike Gibson, Paul Fanaika and Breno Giacomini.
* WR Ben Obomanu was not at practice today, but it does not appear to be related to any changes in the roster.