Is Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson still in the competition?

Aug 15, 2012, 9:06 AM | Updated: 10:22 am

By Liz Mathews

Seahawks incumbent starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson continues to take reps with the first-team offense, but has yet to make an appearance in a preseason game. Carroll announced Tuesday that Matt Flynn will get the start Saturday in Denver, with rookie Russell Wilson to follow in the second half.

Carroll did say, however, that Jackson remains firmly in the competition.

a8f4b458-9bcb-4b33-a2eb-82308bc5adb4
Pete Carroll says Tarvaris Jackson has been handling the quarterback competition well. (AP)

“Yes, absolutely he is,” Carroll said. “Really this is just the way I’ve chosen to do it, I’m banking on the 18 games we’ve seen him. He knows the offense; he knows what is going on. And I watched him play last year practicing one day a week for five weeks and he can function.

“So I’m using all of that information to allow us the opportunity to see all of the other guys.”

Despite being sidelined throughout much of practice last season with a pectoral injury, Jackson was able to start on Sundays. In 15 games played in 2011 for the Seahawks, Jackson passed for 3,091 yards, completed 217-of-450 passes, with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

“Tarvaris has played a lot of football for us so we have to give somewhere, so we’re giving that,” Carroll said. “We understand the kind of player he is, he’s in great shape, he’s studied hard, he’s ready to go. So we’re just banking that he’ll be able to hold in his level of play without the two weeks of playing time in playing in the games. If he gets in the game, he does, I don’t know how that is going to work yet.

“The emphasis right now is to get Matt and Russell their play time again so we can really get another big body of knowledge of information for them.”

For now, Jackson is available to play against the Broncos if needed, but will see limited time in practice.

Carroll spoke of Jackson’s frustrations on Tuesday.

“He’s holding well,” Carroll said. “I think this is very difficult for him and I admire the heck out of this guy. These guys are battling to show what they know and where they are and we have to assess that they can catch up with him. That’s what’s going on. So he’ll have to hold on for a little bit longer and we’ll know more in a week.”

As for Jackson pursuing opportunities with a different team, said Carroll: “We haven’t talked about that at all.”

You might also like…

John Clayton: Why the Seahawks must release Tarvaris Jackson

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Tre Brown...
Brandon Gustafson

Huard: What Tre Brown brings to the Seahawks’ cornerback room

Tre Brown, a 2021 fourth-round pick, could see his first action of 2022 for the Seahawks on Sunday against the Raiders following recovery from a knee injury.
19 hours ago
Seahawks Russell Wilson Ryan Tannehill...
The Associated Press

QB wristbands trending NFL topic after comments by Seahawks’ Carroll

Whether Pete Carroll meant it as a barb for Russell Wilson or a bouquet for Geno Smith, the Seahawks coach made play-calling wristbands a hot topic.
2 days ago
Seahawks Boye Mafe...
Joe Fann

Fann: 3 Seahawks X-factors for the remainder of the season

Getting contributions from three players on defense would give the Seahawks a big boost in the quest for the NFC West title down the stretch.
3 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brandon Gustafson

Former agent breaks down Seahawks QB Geno Smith’s market, potential contract

Former agent and current CBS contributor Joel Corry breaks down what a deal for Seahawks QB Geno Smith looks like as well as his market.
4 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brent Stecker

Moyer: One way Seahawks can open pass game up more for Geno

Seahawks analyst and former NFL safety Paul Moyer sees a small issue QB Geno Smith is minimizing for Seattle but could be big if shored up.
5 days ago
Seahawks Broncos Russell Wilson...
Stacy Rost

A Denver perspective of Seahawks’ trade of Russell Wilson to Broncos

Orlando Franklin, host at 104.3 The Fan discussed what's gone wrong for Russell Wilson and the Broncos since the trade with the Seahawks.
5 days ago
Is Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson still in the competition?