The three-man quarterback competition continued today – albeit, in a new direction– between incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson, free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn, and rookie Russell Wilson. Today’s practice session began the third cycle of the three-man rotation, with Jackson taking the majority of reps with the No. 1 offense.
The team focused on several game-type situations throughout today’s practice, with each quarterback taking reps in red zone situations from the 20-, 12-, and 5-yard lines, as well as reps where the offense was backed up into their own end zone.
“It’s definitely a new stage that we’re moving into,” said Flynn after today’s practice. “After today we’re past the install stage. We have our whole offense in, so now we start getting to where we get to go back over things. We get to move the field, kind of mock-game situations, and then we’re going to get into our game plan.”
Jackson’s play of the day came in an 11-on-11 red zone session where he was able to scramble away from pressure toward the left sideline before flipping a left-handed toss to wide receiver Golden Tate in the end zone.
Flynn seemed to develop a connection with tight end Zach Miller throughout the day, finding him in the back of the end zone in the team’s red zone drill that started from the 20-yard line. Flynn also delivered a pretty jump ball pass to Tate, who won his battle and came down with the catch for a score.
“The more we’ve been together and the more that we work together I think I’m just developing a lot better familiarity of what they’re doing on their routes,” Flynn said of his touchdown pass to Miller. “I’m seeing how they’re coming out, reading them better. I think each day gets better.”
And it’s clear that Wilson isn’t scared to throw down field, as he followed up his 50-yard bomb down the left sideline to Tate in yesterday’s practice with another deep ball to Tate today, this time down the right sideline and into the end zone for a score against double coverage from safety Jeron Johnson and cornerback Byron Maxwell.
Tomorrow’s practice is scheduled to feature a “mock game” amongst the squad, and Flynn sees it as an opportunity for the quarterbacks to show their game-readiness to the coaching staff.
“It will definitely show your command of the offense, your command of what’s going on, getting people in the right spot, getting people in and out of the huddle and moving the ball,” said Flynn. “To me, in practice, I like it more when it’s the offense and defense out there – game situation. It gets you in a little bit more of a rhythm and you get to work all your situations.”
The question of who will receive number one reps in tomorrow’s “mock game” remains to be seen, but after Jackson took first reps today Flynn is scheduled to receive the majority of first-team reps if the same quarterback rotation the coaches have used since spring practices continues.
We’ll just have to wait and see.