Shortly after his release from the Buffalo Bills, veteran quarterback Tarvaris Jackson found a spot with his former team, the Seattle Seahawks. Now back on the West Coast, Jackson will have every opportunity to lock down the backup role behind starter Russell Wilson.
Throughout the 2012 campaign, Jackson failed to see a single snap while serving as the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Prior to his short stint with the Bills, Jackson was a starter for both the Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings. In 2011, he started 14 games for Seattle, completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,091 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Joining the Seahawks on a one-year deal, Jackson will compete with Brady Quinn during training camp for the No. 2 quarterback gig. Quinn was signed earlier in the offseason to provide a veteran arm behind Wilson, but could be the odd man out with Jackson now in the mix.
Jackson brings the type of athleticism to the table that the Seahawks would love to have in a backup quarterback. With an offense built around Wilson and his athleticism, losing the second-year passer would nearly be a death sentence for the Seahawks. With Jackson, a similar type of quarterback, on the roster, Seattle wouldn’t be forced to rebuild their offensive game plan and could keep the team’s chances intact.
Meanwhile, Quinn offers little athleticism and would force the Seahawks to ditch their plan of attack if Wilson were to get hurt. Plus, he’s a career underachiever who never lived up to his billing as a first-round talent.
With the infatuation that Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has for Jackson, there’s a great chance that he’ll unseat Quinn for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. The Alabama State product played under Bevell for six years with the Vikings and Seahawks, and shouldn’t have too much trouble convincing his long-time coach to give him the nod.
Jackson fell out of a bad situation and landed in a perfect one. It won’t be long before Jackson is standing on the sidelines, toting a clipboard and serving as the Seahawks’ backup quarterback.