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Morning links: Pocket closes quick for Jackson

My story today goes into more detail on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson’s struggles in the passing game. Specifically, Jackson hasn’t had much time to throw, partly by design because head coach Pete Carroll has used preseason play to evaluate his offensive line by putting the young tackles out on an island.

Jackson’s performance has been forgettable so far in exhibition play. He’s completed 27 of 48 passes (56.2 percent) for 181 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Seahawks have given up eight sacks in three games, tied for eighth worst overall.

Jackson’s 62.9 passer rating is worst among starting quarterbacks not named Andy Dalton and Cam Newton (both rookies). His lowly 3.8 yards per pass attempt is the worst among quarterbacks who qualify in that statistic.

The 28-year-old signal caller has taken several big hits because of breakdowns in pass protection, but he has chosen not to use his running ability to get out of trouble. Instead, he has stood tall in the pocket with the hope that one of his big receivers – Mike Williams or Sidney Rice – springs open down field.

Nate Davis of USA Today provides some more perspective on the struggles of Seattle’s offensive line, talking to offensive line coach Tom Cable.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that receiver Doug Baldwin continues to make his case for making the team, with the latest big play his 105-yard kick return against Denver.

Legendary Seahawks Walter Jones recently threw out the first pitch at a Mariner’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Check out the video below.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times tells us what we learned from the Seahawks’ loss at Denver.

ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at Seattle and San Francisco’s offensive line. Both are struggling with pass protection.

According to this NFC Whispers column, third string quarterback Josh Portis remains a sleeper quarterback prospect in Seattle.

Greg Cosell of NFL Films believes Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is more of a sub-package player.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald projects final roster cuts for the Seahawks for CBS Sports.