Tarvaris Jackson is on his way back to being Russell Wilson’s No. 2 man again.
Coach Pete Carroll had said as much on Monday. And it became more clear how close Jackson is to being fully recovered from a high-ankle sprain in the preseason opener two weeks ago when the Seahawks released third quarterback Jake Waters on Wednesday morning. The move came without Waters taking a snap in a team drill in practice let alone an exhibition game.
Seattle had signed Waters last week as an undrafted rookie out of Kansas State.
The team signed rookie free agent wide receiver Deontay Greenberry out of the University of Houston to take Waters’ place on the 90-man preseason roster. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Greenberry, recently released by Dallas, will wear No. 85 as the 12th wide receiver on Seattle’s roster.
Carroll said Jackson wants to play in the preseason finale Sept. 3 against Oakland. While the team isn’t sure yet whether Jackson will play that soon, Carroll said the Seahawks are confident Jackson will be fully healthy for the opener Sept. 13 at St. Louis.
R.J. Archer has improved dramatically in the last week and a half while Jackson has been out. But B.J. Daniels’ rise as a quarterback-turned-wide receiver and special-teams player means Seattle can keep Daniels on the 53-man roster to begin the regular season as an emergency third quarterback. If they like Archer’s progress enough, the Seahawks could try to keep the former Minnesota Vikings reserve and Arena League passer on their practice squad, provided he clears league waivers at the end of the preseason.