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QB competition: Day Five

The three-arm rotation in the competition for the Seahawks’ starting quarterback job continued today, as free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn again took the No. 1 reps. Flynn last took reps with the ones during Sunday’s practice, July 29.

And not much has changed.

“We’re still on it,” Carroll said of the quarterback competition. “This is the fifth day of practice. There’s not much to alter anything we’re doing right now. We’ll just keep getting reps, keep going, and gathering information.”

That sounds pretty familiar. Carroll has insisted throughout the offseason and into training camp that in order to make a decision as it relates to this quarterback competition he and his coaching staff will need to see how the three quarterbacks perform during preseason competition.

But the three quarterbacks each had their moments today in what was a mostly defense-dominated practice session, which seems to be the norm of late.

Flynn connected with tight end Zach Miller in the corner of the end zone on a play where Miller got behind a pair of defensive backs, and hit Lavasier Tuinei on a route over the middle during the team’s red zone passing drill.

Wilson, who is scheduled to receive the majority of the No. 1 reps during tomorrows practice, threw a pretty ball to a leaping Ricardo Lockette in the corner end zone, who hovered over safety Chris Maragos and cornerback Phillip Adams to make the grab. Wilson also showed good pace on a ball over the middle end zone that hit tight end Sean McGrath square in the hands for a score, and found tight end Kellen Winslow on his outside shoulder a few plays later for a touchdown.

Jackson, who received third-reps today after getting the majority of first-team reps yesterday, made a nice back shoulder throw to rookie wide receiver Phillip Bates, who made the grab and fell into the end zone.

The play of the defense is making it difficult for a quarterback to emerge, but coach Carroll likes it that way.

“I think our offense going against our defense is a challenge,” Carroll said. “We’re experienced, we’re versatile, we can do a lot of things. [Defensive coordinator] Gus [Bradley] dials it up pretty good in practice. It’s not easy for them at all. We’re not making it easy on the quarterbacks. We’re making it as hard as we can for them.

“I think if they can move the ball on us and make plays on us, then that’s a good sign. I talked to the defense today and told them to dial it up and make it hard as we can make it on these guys for getting comparisons and good information. So we’re going to continue to do that and continue to make it hard. We’re not going to cater at all and make it easy for the quarterbacks.”


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