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Carroll: Tarvaris Jackson and Brady Quinn will compete for backup QB job

Tarvaris Jackson’s deal with the Seattle Seahawks is not official, so he was not at the team’s final minicamp practice today.

However, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that Jackson likely is being added to the fold.

And Carroll said that Jackson will compete with Brady Quinn for the backup quarterback job.

“If we can get T-Jack to come back to us – and we’re going to try and get that done here – I think it’s a great boost for us in a competitive sense,” Carroll said. “We thought of Tarvaris as a tremendously tough football player. And a competitive kid that battled for us. And we’re a little better than we were in those days.

“So we bring him back with the thought that he’ll make this a real competitive situation. … Russell’s our quarterback. There’s no question about that. But if Tarvaris comes back in, he understands the system. We’re very familiar with him. He’s comfortable in these setting and surroundings, and we’ll expect him to battle.”

Carroll went on to say that Seattle’s attempt to bring back Jackson is not a reflection on the way Quinn has performed so far.

“Not at all,” Carroll said. “We’re seizing the opportunity that one of our guys is out there, and we can bring him back in, and he’ll be able to help us. T-Jack has a strong arm, he understands the system and he’s tough as nails. That’s a lot of good stuff.”

So what have you seen from Quinn?

“In the situation he’s in, he’s been next to perfect,” Carroll said. “He has worked like crazy. He knows exactly what we’re asking of him. He’s a tremendous guy in the meeting rooms, on the practice field, and supporting Russell’s efforts to figure it out. And he’s competed really well. He’s had a plenty of looks, and he’s done a good job for us.”

I'll have much more from practice on a blog post later today.