The back-end of this group is where the competition is.
Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson appear set as the starter and backup, respectively. The questions are about the three guys behind them, two of which were acquired in the offseason.
To me, Wilson’s biggest growth last year came in regard to not fumbling the ball. He had a crucial turnover at Arizona in Week 7 which seemed to change things for him. The Seahawks ended up winning comfortably, 34-22, but the game became tight in the second quarter after Wilson fumbled on his own 6-yard line and Arizona recovered. A play later, Rashard Mendenhall ran it in, and the score was 14-10, Seahawks. Wilson had eight fumbles last year. He threw just nine interceptions. Five of those eight fumbles came in the first seven weeks. After that, Wilson did a much better job of tucking the ball away, whether he was on the run or getting ambushed by pass rushers, losing it only three more times the next nine weeks.
Jackson’s guaranteed one-year contract, two years in Seattle and prior five years of experience with Darrell Bevell’s system seem to make him a lock here. Something dramatic would have to happen in camp for Jackson to be displaced.
A fun name, but it’s unclear where he fits after being acquired from Oakland in the offseason for a seventh-round pick. Pryor’s biggest negative is Pete Carroll’s biggest issue: turnovers. Pryor turned the ball over often last season when he played 11 games for the Oakland Raiders. He had 16 turnovers (11 interceptions, five fumbles) in that span. His interception percentage was 4.0, compared to 2.2 for Wilson. His size (6-4, 233 pounds) and speed (a 4.38 40-yard dash) make him enticing, as they always have. At this point, the Seahawks claim he is fully a quarterback. Though, he seems to fit more of the “athlete” designation and thoughts about Pryor lead to smirk-worthy ideas like him, Percy Harvin and Paul Richardson on the field together. Or, even Pryor on special teams as a gunner or punt returner. Where he gets his reps in camp will be telling.
As someone who covered Price, I think he has a good shot here. Lost a bit in his pleasant demeanor is his internal competitiveness. When he took over for Jake Locker and had a hot start, he became a bit defensive one week with the media. He said he always thought he’d be fine, but it was the media who was questioning that. He was right, and, it turns out, he more than fine and is arguably the best quarterback in UW history. He also often played hurt. In 2012, Price injured one knee and had to wear a brace. By the time that knee was healed, the other was injured, so he just swapped the brace over. He found that amusing.
The main negative for Price was late-game turnovers. He became progressively better at throwing the ball away, and when those incompletions were removed from his totals, his completion percentage moved well into the 70s in 2011 and ’13. His strong rookie minicamp and pre-existing relationship with Russell Wilson are pluses for him at the start. The undrafted free agent will have to continue to prove it through camp.
Like Pryor, the Seahawks insisted Daniels was a quarterback though San Francisco had tried him as a running back, in addition to QB. He has similar physical qualities to Wilson. He also has a year with the Seahawks, which Pryor and Price do not.