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Seahawks cut QB Portis from practice squad

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm with 36 Comments »
November 27, 2012 5:23 pm
Seattle Seahawks' Josh Portis at a football training camp. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

In somewhat of a surprise move, the Seattle Seahawks released quarterback Josh Portis from the practice squad and brought back wide receiver Phi Bates.

The Seahawks signed Portis out of California (Pa.) as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011.

At 6-3 and 213 pounds, Portis is a rangy athlete who showed promise during preseason play, finishing 10 of 24 for 124 yards and a touchdown pass in two exhibition appearances in 2011 as a rookie. Portis also ran 10 times for 51 yards.

Portis, 25, spent his rookie season on Seattle’s 53-man roster, and was active for one game against Cleveland, serving as the backup for Charlie Whitehurst when Tarvaris Jackson could not play because of a pectoral injury.

Portis was released during final roster cut downs in September before the 2012 season started, and added to the team’s practice squad, spending the regular season there before being released today.

Seattle now has only two quarterbacks between the active roster and the practice squad in starter Russell Wilson and backup Matt Flynn.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BobbyK is happy that Portis is gone. I’m happy that Bates is back. Win Win.

  2. Ewalters7354 says:

    Good riddance!

  3. bbnate420 says:

    I was going to say the same, Georgia. I personally hope no one else grabs him up. I don’t think having a 3rd QB with potential is a bad thing.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BTW- DanielleMND gets the award of the week for being spot on about saying the entire team needs to step up on the road, and not just Wilson like RADEoN said was needed.
    I think RADEoN owes DanielleMND an apology for coming down on her like he did.
    Come out of your man cave RADEoN and own up to it!

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    bbnate420- I actually like Portis as a football player. I think he will somehow make it back to the practice squad.

  6. Ewalters7354 says:

    Maybe I’m missing something here.But I recall Portis only having one good game in two preseasons.And not really one
    game, more like one half.Never thought I’d say this but I would actually take David Greene over Portis at QB.He may be better suited as a receiver.imo

  7. bbnate420 says:


  8. Another unconventional roster move… especially if one of the two remaining qb’s suffers from a chronic elbow issue, if that was/is indeed the case. Hopefully all goes well and everybody stays relatively healthy. (take a moment to knock on some wood) Definately need some folks to step up if those suspension appeals do not go well. Not much wiggle room between here and the playoffs.

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Greene was the winningest quarterback in NCAA Division I history with 42 wins in four years, eclipsing the record previously held by Peyton Manning before Colt McCoy beat it.

    Then he got married. It all went down hill after that. Same with Zorn after he got married. Lol.

  10. I’ll bet that Portis is back on the PS before season end…and probably next week. :)

  11. Poor Portis… derrr… Why do I have an urge to jack the local convenience store and blame it on the innocence of my youth? Or sign up for a rewards card from something I already jacked? lol

  12. Role Model for my little guy born in July of 2011 = Russell Wilson!!!

  13. After me!!!

  14. bbnate420 says:

    Hope he never makes a mistake.

  15. I heard Russell Wilson once used a turn signal and didn’t actually turn. Bastard. I guess he should have premeditated a crime and been stupid enough to “admit” it while shopping for “rewards?” lol

  16. DanielleMND says:

    GeorgiaHawk, I don’t think RADEoN will admit to being wrong. If it rains, it’s probably Wilson’s fault.

  17. Was Portis the Adderall dealer?

  18. MoSeahawk12 says:

    short people cause rain…..

  19. Party at BobbyK’s house tonight?!

  20. God help Russel Wilson if he ever makes a life mistake…BobbyK will hunt him down and beat him to death with 2012 Seahawk Programs…

  21. No offense, Bobby. I think youre too harsh, and you celebrated a lil much…but you are entitled to your opinion. As I am mine.

  22. Ewalters7354 says:

    Guys I have a confession to make…It’s been said that I seem to be a person who loves to talk trash after a loss.So with that being true, I just wanna give mocarob and friends a big thanks for finally letting me know I’m not a true fan, all because I say something about the studs on our team that aren’t playing up to their pay.Thanks guys!

  23. CDHawkFan says:

    God help Russel Wilson if he ever makes a life mistake…BobbyK will hunt him down and beat him to death with 2012 Seahawk Programs…

    So too will ACIB, but I think they are the same person….derrr.

  24. RDPoulsbo says:

    Whatever. The guy who lost a QB competition to Tebow was inconsequential to this team. Maybe he can be picked up by the Jets to be Tebow’s backup when he wouldn’t do it in Florida.

  25. If Wilson ever makes a mistake, I’m sure it will be a heat of the moment mistake (like any human being). I doubt it’ll be a premeditated crime (kind of like cheating on a test – as I could forgive Portis for that, even if it was a mistake).

  26. ChrisHolmes says:

    I don’t hold Portis in the same low regard as BobbyK because of his off-field issues.

    I dislike Portis because he can’t play quarterback at the NFL level.

    Good riddance. Hopefully, if the Seahawks feel they need that 3rd QB on their roster, they use it on someone with more skills.

  27. GeorgiaHawk says:

    ChrisHolmes- They do have a 3rd QB on the team in a pinch, Robinson. Also didn’t Bates play QB in College? And if all else fails we have Rice and Tate. Lol.

  28. mojjonation says:

    One of the next five teams we play will pick him up and have him hanging around to pick his brain.

  29. mojjonation says:

    Forgot the Bills have Jackson. So one of the four remaining teams.

  30. SandpointHawk says:

    No need to sign Portis to pick his brain…All they need to do is watch 15 minutes of film to know what The Seahawks are going to do…

  31. mojjonation says:

    True. Portis doesn’t need to be signed for people to know how to handle Seattle.

    The plans have been made on how to beat this D. What people aren’t so sure about is our offense. The O only scored 14 points against Miami, and that was with Wilson throwing for 230 or something along those lines. The running game never got going. But when all you do is run into the teeth of a defense, you aren’t going to get anything. A flavor other than vanilla, better execution, or better play calling is needed in the latter half of a season to be successful.

    In San Frans game against Chicago, they (SF) came out in two TE, three TE, 6 and 7 O-linemen, two and three back sets. It was unpredictable. They looked like an 80’s Nebraska team running the triple option or student body left. No one had seen that all year. I don’t think PC, Bevell, or Cable have any ability to run anything other than a traditional offense with traditional sets. Throw in inconsistent execution on the o-line, and you can’t do anything that hasn’t already been done.

  32. Carlsonkid says:

    Portis played lights out in the pre-season last year , and did ok in the pre-season this year . I don’t get all the Portis bashing guys ; would you prefer to go back to the Tim Numbskull days of yore & his too-small-slow-short players that can’t play ?

    Portis has done absolutely nothing wrong since joining the team , never been in trouble once since becoming a Seahawk .

    … and David Greene , pa-leease ! Good gawd people , pass whatever you’re smoking .

  33. Helenahawk says:

    The Cards would be smart to pick up Portis. He beats what they have now.

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