If it’s Day Two of the Seahawks’ Bing training camp that means it was Matt Flynn’s turn to get the first reps in the three-way competition for the starting job that also includes incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and rookie Russell Wilson.
The performance of the passers today was, in a word, better. Want two words, since it is Day Two? OK, much better.
It didn’t just look that way during the team’s two-hour practice at Bing training camp, it also felt like it.
“We got a lot better today,” said Jackson, who had taken the first reps Saturday. “Felt kind of slow yesterday, had some things pulled out on film that we need to get better at. I think everybody made the corrections today, and everybody came out ready to play.”
It’s going to be tough sledding for the offense early, because the defense usually is ahead of the offense at this point in camp. And in this camp, the defense is simply more advanced than the offense after ranking among the Top 10 in the league last season.
But in the long run, it will all be good. The “winner” of this QB competition will be better for having gone through it, and done so against the Seahawks’ aggressive, attacking defense.
Today, Flynn opened the two-minute drill with four consecutive completions to three different receivers – Doug Baldwin (two), Golden Tate and Ben Obomanu. But nice plays by cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas then snuffed the drive.
Wilson, who was up second today, displayed his impromptu ability to make things happen by scrambling for a couple of first downs and also rolling out to buy himself time on completions to running back Marshawn Lynch and tight end Cameron Morrah that produced first downs. Jackson, in the third slot, then completed three consecutive passes and also scrambled for a first down before his Hail Mary pass was intercepted in the end zone.
Each of the three QBs also looked sharper and more in control during the 7-on-7 drill, where there is no pass rush – especially Flynn, as the free-agent acquisition was 11 of 11 in his two segments.
In the full-team drills that closed practice, Flynn somehow found an open lane through the raised arms of two rushing defensive linemen for a completion – after having two passes tipped at the line Saturday; and Wilson was driven into a retreat twice by the pass rush on the same play but still was able to uncork a pass that was caught by Obomanu.
If the coaches stay on schedule, Wilson will get the first reps in practice Monday, and all three QBs will continue to try and make the most of any and all opportunities they get.
“It’s very important,” Jackson said. “In a three-way competition, the reps are very limited. It’s a lot different, but you know it’s the situation and you’ve got to make the best of it.”