For the second straight day reserve quarterback Charlie Whitehurst tool all the reps with the first unit, and starter Matt Hasselbeck watched from the sideline during this afternoon’s practice.
Whitehurst, who would make his second career start if goes on Sunday, said the work with the first unit has helped, and he’s prepared to face St. Louis. “They really get after it,” Whitehurst said. “They play hard and put pressure on you as an offense. So we’re going to have to be on top of it. And we’ll try to run it, try to throw it and score points.”
Whitehurst also evaluated his performance so far this season.
“When you go in there you expect to play well, and play to a very high level,” he said. “I think there’s times I have done that, and times I haven’t. And I know it takes time. This is a competitive league, but you want to be good. And you want to be good now. And I think I could have played better this year, but I’ve got another opportunity. And I want to go out there and play well.”
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Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said that Whitehurst has looked good in practice so far, and it helps that he’s getting first-unit reps this week in anticipation of playing on Sunday.
“He’s playing well right now,” Bates said. “He’s throwing the ball hard. He’s moving around in the pocket. The tough thing about our offense is if you’re the starting quarterback you get every rep, and that’s what I’ve always believed. That’s what we did in Tampa, it’s what we did in Denver, New York. … and the backup quarterback doesn’t really get any reps – it has to be mental reps.”
Along with Hasselbeck, receiver Brandon Stokley (head) did not practice today. Linebacker Lofa Tatupu (knee) and Olindo Mare (back) returned to practice.