Good morning. I want to say thanks again to Dave Boling for expertly filling in for me last week.
A report surfaced last week nationally after ESPN’s John Clayton reported that Tarvaris Jackson will get the first-team reps to begin Seattle’s training camp.
This news apparently came as a surprise to folks who follow the league nationally, but it’s something we reported here at the end of minicamp two weeks ago.
Basically, nothing has been decided yet. No one is really ahead in the three-way battle between Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, and Jackson will continue to get the first reps because he’s the incumbent starter.
While nothing has changed, I do get a sense in talking with Pete Carroll that a decision will be made sooner rather than later once training camp begins at the end of July. I would be surprised if the competition extended beyond the second preseason game at Denver on Aug. 18, and perhaps the team will make a decision after the opening exhibition game at home on Aug. 11 against Tennessee.
Here’s what Carroll had to say about the matter two weeks ago:
“It’s going to take us until we start playing (exhibition) games to where we’ll see something happen, I think. At this point they’re doing everything they can do with the opportunities and they look good, so I can’t tell you that there’s anything that’s happened other than we’ll stay with the same format going into (training) camp. I don’t think that will change. T-Jack (Tarvaris Jackson) will go first and away we go. But other than that, let the games begin. We’ll be really excited to see what happens.”
Check out the latest Real Robinson Report by Seattle fullback Michael Robinson in the video clip below. It includes interviews from Seattle players during the final week of minicamp, including rookie Bruce Irvin slipping up and referring to his new team as the Redskins.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Seahawks have $7.47 million in cap space. Obviously, the negotiation of Chris Clemons’ contract could affect that number. But Seattle also has to make decisions on Mike Williams and Tarvaris Jackson in making final roster cuts.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com checks in with Sidney Rice, who says he could have played through the shoulder injury last year, but two concussions in three weeks cut short his season.
ESPN’s John Clayton talks with Seattle rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner in this audio link.
KJR-AM’s Dave “Softy” Mahler talks with Seattle rookie safety Winston Guy in this audio link.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports lists the top 10 breakout performances by undrafted rookie free agents over the years. Warren Moon and Brandon Browner make the list.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post diagrams how to get pressure through the A gap in a 3-man front using the zone blitz.
Mike Freeman of CBS Sports puts Mike Vick atop his list of the top 10 NFL biggest jerks. Matt Hasselbeck makes Freeman’s list of the top 10 good guys in the league.