If the performance of the three passers vying for the Seahawks’ starting job was better on Sunday than it was in the first practice of training camp on Saturday – which it was – then today’s combined efforts where better than those from Sunday.
“Every day is getting better, and that’s the way it should be,” said rookie Russell Wilson, who got his turn to take the No. 1 reps today after working behind incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson and free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn on Saturday and Sunday.
“Our goal is to improve each opportunity that we get and have some solid performances.”
Each definitely had his moments today, which made for their best combined outing of camp. It didn’t hurt that the receivers collectively had their best practice, as well.
Flynn and second-year receiver Ricardo Lockette hooked up on a pair of long touchdown passes. Flynn made it a hat trick when he displayed nice touch on a TD pass to wide receiver Golden Tate, who had gotten behind Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner. Flynn also displayed his deceptive arm strength on a pass that to Charly Martin.
Flynn appears to be the most polished at executing the play-action passes that are so important in coordinator Darrell Bevell’s offense. But then he was the backup to Aaron Rodgers with the Packers the past four seasons.
Wilson benefitted from a couple of impressive efforts by wide receiver Ben Obomanu, who caught a pass that was slightly behind him; and wide receiver Golden Tate, who went up along the sideline to make a nice catch against tight coverage from the 6-foot-4 Browner.
Jackson, who is scheduled to get the No. 1 reps in practice tomorrow, showed good velocity and even better decision-making during the 7-on-7 drill. His best throw might have come during the final full-team drill, when Jackson threaded a pass between the Pro Bowl tandem of free safety Earl Thomas and Browner to rookie wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei.
That’s one of the pluses of this three-arm competition for the starting job – each of the QBs is getting an opportunity to throw to all the receivers on the roster, and against the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 defensive units.
“There are a ton of receivers than can catch the football extremely well,” Wilson said. “Obo made an unbelievable play the other day and made a great catch. Golden Tate is really shining right now and is doing a great job.
“There are a ton of guys. I can keep going down the list. There’s probably 10 other receivers out here who are doing an unbelievable job. That’s the good thing about it.”