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Morning links: Jackson under the microscope

Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a closer look at Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and how he performed on his first day on the field at training camp.

As we noted on Thursday, Boling says Jackson struggled, but expects the former Minnesota quarterback to knock the rust off.


“It’s probably unfair to expect too much from this guy until he gets acclimated. On his first day, he mixed some bad with the good. But he really roped a few passes, can throw on the move and looks very mobile.

“And there were a few plays that I’d call “indicator plays,” times when you’d go, whoa, that’s the kind of play an NFL starter should make.

“On one, the defense came at him with an all-out blitz. He spotted it on the backpedal and quickly unloaded a dart to back Marshawn Lynch, in stride, in a seam.

“It takes legitimate arm strength to throw that pass; it takes composure to stay under control with so many guys in your face; and it takes awareness to read the pressure and get it to the right guy.”

Clare Farnsworth of has this detailed report from practice on Thursday, including a note that Ben Obomanu was excused from practice to attend to a family matter.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports offers his thoughts on the first day free agents could practice for Seattle here, including a similar evaluation I had on Jackson on Thursday.

Matt Hasselbeck gets mostly good reviews in his first practice with the Tennessee Titans.

Nathan Fenno of the Washington Times writes that former Seahawk cornerback Josh Wilson is trying to convince Lofa Tatupu to join him in Washington. Tatupu took a physical for the Redskins on Thursday.

Erick Walker of the Kent Reporter talks with Kentwood High product fullback Mike Karney, who said he expected to signed with the Seahawks after he passed his physical on Wednesday. However, those plays have been put on hold as the team instead attempts to convert some tight ends into fullback to fill that need.

Sam Spiegelman of USA Today expects Seattle tight end Zach Miller to thrive under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

According to Matt Maiocco of, the San Francisco 49ers sent out a mass email to the 31 NFL teams letting them know former USC safety Taylor Mays was available for trade. The second-round draft pick never found a home in the 49ers defensive backfield, and is now working with the second and third s string.