Dave Boling of The News Tribune talks with Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker about their quarterback battle. The quarterback competition couldn’t have any better for the Tennessee Titans. After selecting University of Washington product Jake Locker No. 8 overall in the 2011 draft, the Titans promptly signed his mentor in free agency, bringing in Matt Hasselbeck.
The former Seattle Seahawks quarterback led the Titans to a 9-7 record and almost into the playoffs in his first season. And now both he and Locker are battling for the No. 1 job. But it’s not contentious. As you can imagine with two guys like Hasselbeck and Locker, both humble men who are strong in their faith, the two have become great friends over the past year.
“I have been just very fortunate to have him a part of my life … both as a player and a person,” Locker said. “He just has a lot of great advice on how to deal with stuff, how to handle things. That’s what’s great about it, and I think people might not realize that it goes beyond football.”
Locker and Hasselbeck return to Seattle when Tennessee takes on Seattle in the first exhibition game for both teams on Saturday.
In my story today, Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith says that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has improved his accuracy. Smith: “He’s progressed on throws. He’s better on up balls and seam balls than he was when he got here. He wasn’t (accurate) on any one of those in spring ball. And he is now, and he hit them today. So I’m really happy with him.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that linebacker Korey Toomer is starting to make plays in his Thursday practice report.
Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle says he’s hoping for big things from Terrell Owens.
KJR’s Dave Mahler talks with Matt Flynn in this audio link.
ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard talks with NFL analyst Tim Ryan about his impressions of the Seahawks, specifically the team’s talented secondary, in this audio link.
Seahawks players get punk’d by Pete Carroll and Terrell Owens. Check out the video below.
The Seahawks’ brass might be following from a distance the progress of No. 18 overall selection Melvin Ingram, who looked impressive in his debut with the Chargers against Green Bay. Both Ingram and Quinton Coples were still on the board when Seattle selected Bruce Irvin at No. 15. Irvin has played well in practice so far.
Writing for Grantland, Chris Brown of Smart Football discusses the evolution of the hybrid defender.