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Tarvaris Jackson makes his case to backup Russell Wilson

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The battle for the Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback job will likely extend through the entire preseason, but Tarvaris Jackson made a case for winning the job against the San Diego Chargers Thursday night.

Jackson entered the game in the third quarter and led the Seahawks on three consecutive touchdown scoring drives, each of 50 yards or more. He looked completely comfortable back in the offense he piloted as the Seahawks starter in 2011. Jackson finished the game 8 of 9 for 128 yards and two touchdowns, including a perfect 42-yard strike to receiver Stephen Williams for a score, and finished with a perfect 158.3 passer rating.

Quinn played decently but wasn’t as strong as Jackson. Quinn replaced starter Russell Wilson in the second quarter and led the Seahawks to 10 points in four drives. However, his only touchdown drive was setup by a Byron Maxwell interception of Charlie Whitehurst that gave Seattle the ball at the Chargers 14-yard line. Three plays later Quinn hit Jermaine Kearse for an 11-yard score.

Jackson was re-signed by Seattle in June after being released by the Buffalo Bills. Jackson entered training camp with Seattle in 2012 as the team’s number one quarterback before being beat out by Wilson and Matt Flynn for the job. He was traded to Buffalo late in training camp and didn’t see game action last season.

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  1. swaggyy says: Aug 9, 2013 1:43 AM

    Seahawks depth is unreal. I their back up team could beat half the teams in the league srsly tho

  2. natelan69 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:46 AM

    Yeah, that former starting QB really worked over those 3rd string undrafted free agents…

  3. pathsovglory says: Aug 9, 2013 1:51 AM

    Rivers was really working those rookie LBs on the first drive. Only pass he made against the CBs was nearly picked by Sherm… the look on his face haha

  4. hooterdawg says: Aug 9, 2013 1:53 AM

    “Jackson entered training camp with Seattle in 2012 as the team’s number one quarterback before being beat out by Wilson and Matt Flynn for the job.”

    Umm….nobody entered the 2012 as a number 1. Pete Carroll considered QB1 and QB2 an open competition. If anyone entered the 2012 season as No. 1, it was Flynn who had recently been signed to a 19M FA contract. Wilson won QB1, and Flynn QB2.

  5. scmems07 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:10 AM

    Jackson made his case to be the starter over Wilson. The whole first quarter and a series in the second and you can’t move your team at all Wilson…funny how the networks don’t seem to mention anything about Wilson’s bad game, overthrown balls and inconsistency, yet tannehill, who beat Wilson last year, had a rough start with a bunch of 5th string receivers and guys who probably won’t make the team and they are all over him. of course then they would be eating their words about how great Wilson is.

  6. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 9, 2013 2:13 AM

    Glad to see Tarvaris carving out a respectable career. Sure he was overdrafted by Childress but he’s always put in 100% effort and is as tough as nails, and his teammates respect him for it.

  7. theverifiedtruth says: Aug 9, 2013 2:17 AM

    TJACK STRIKES BACK!

  8. themackstrong says: Aug 9, 2013 2:42 AM

    Yesterday I thought we had depth issues behind Wagner. Watching Allen Bradford move out there and explode on plays was exciting because that’s 3 years in the works. Stephen Williams & Jermaine Kearse looked good. Chargers brought the pre-season heat and our O-line struggled at times. Jackson will get the back up spot, I knew that as soon as he was cut from the Bills. Its crazy Thurmond & Maxwell are maybe our 4th and 5th CB’s plus Lane was said to have had a good camp. Seattle rushed 4 all game and Schofield & Mayowa brought the heat on the edges. I know its only pre-season but it was fun to watch young guys do their thing. Oh yeah Hauschka has far more leg than I thought.

  9. maddenboy says: Aug 9, 2013 3:51 AM

    Who is this “Quinn” you speak of?

    Is it Brady Quinn? Quinn Emanuel?

    For those of us without the Seahawks roster in front of us, the name “Quinn,” without more, doesnt mean much.

    If its the Patriots and you say “Brady” we can probably figure it out.

  10. zn0rseman says: Aug 9, 2013 4:07 AM

    TJoke always is good for a good preseason game or two against vanilla defenses manned by backups and guys who won’t be in the league in q few weeks. And he should do well, he has played in Bevell’s system for most of his career.

    Facing real competition, that is trying to win rather than evaluate players, he’s one of the worst QBs I’ve ever seen.

    He may very well be the worst QB in the league.

  11. jonkchar says: Aug 9, 2013 4:36 AM

    T-Jack! happy for him. gotta feel a bit sorry for Whitehurst- gets beat out by Jackson in 2011 as Seattle’s starter, and again in 2013 in this game

  12. bsandersislegend20 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:43 AM

    2-6 for 23 yards for Wilson??? Looks like the seadderal so called god has come back down to earth!!!! lol

  13. osiris33 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:12 AM

    Same old Tarvar, I thought. Physical tools are fine but he misses reads, throws late and just doesn’t have the mental makeup of a winner. God help us if we have to use him for more than mop-up duty.

  14. logicalvoiceshouldsay says: Aug 9, 2013 6:38 AM

    Of course he’ll win the backup job. He’s the only one on the team not getting busted for PEDs.

  15. redbullenergydrink says: Aug 9, 2013 8:10 AM

    TJack is a fine qb… when he’s facing backups and there’s essentially nothing on the line.

  16. hack0059 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:23 AM

    travaris Jackson looks good in the preseason, next thing you going to tell me is troy Williamson is looking incredible in the preseason as well.

    good luck with that travaris.

  17. Ground Control says: Aug 9, 2013 8:31 AM

    A guy like that’s a piece of clay.

  18. ickky says: Aug 9, 2013 8:36 AM

    Give em hell Tjack

  19. dublindemonszfl says: Aug 9, 2013 8:52 AM

    If he’d keep his feet on the ground when he throws he might have a career as a back up. Thinks he can throw while jumping, terrible habit no coaches have been able to break.

  20. minnesoulja says: Aug 9, 2013 8:56 AM

    As a MN Vikings fan I am loving this.

    Go T-Jack!

    Wondering where that efficiency and confidence was back when he wore purple and gold, but hey.

    I wouldn’t have waited this long to see it out of him anyways…. so no hard feelings.

    I hope he does get the back-up position. I also hope they get far enough ahead for him to see playing time. I wanna know how he would look against a first string D.

  21. chillyball says: Aug 9, 2013 9:05 AM

    Preseason doesn’t count. As I recal, Tavaris threw for four TDs and 350 yards agains the Superbowl bound Cards a few years ago, too. Then he let Donovan McFlab beat him in the playoffs at HOME. It’s call an anomole (chillyball can’t spell very well).

    This is Tavaris Jackson and you’re listening to The Fan.

  22. shawon0meter says: Aug 9, 2013 9:22 AM

    zn0rseman just started watching football recently. How cute. Welcome to the fun. I recommend getting the NFL Sunday Ticket so you can kind of catch up on everything throughout the season and you won’t sound so embarrassing in a few months.

  23. fargovikesfan says: Aug 9, 2013 9:26 AM

    but he can execute his patented “Jump-no-Pass” like no other…

  24. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:34 AM

    The seahawks didn’t play with 18 key contributers in this game, half the offense was backups even with Wilson in the game. Please don’t comment on what you don’t KNOW.

    T jack was what he is supposed to be and always has been. A backup a great locker room guy, hard worker and studious player. The seahawks need nothing more from him. He’s perfect in that role.

  25. fordmandalay says: Aug 9, 2013 9:44 AM

    I will admit that Jackson is a better QB than Brady Quinn. And that is the definition of ‘damning with faint praise’.

  26. lmoneyfresh says: Aug 9, 2013 10:14 AM

    It’s pretty funny how much people still want to bash TJ and say he’s the “worst QB in the league”. I mean, sure we’ve all figured out that he’s not a franchise guy, but he’s still a borderline starter. His last year starting in SEA he actually played alright. Especially considering he had a torn pec the entire time.

  27. bpeterson464 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:16 AM

    scmems07

    bsandersislegend20

    Wilson didn’t have a very good game, he also didn’t have his starting center, TE, or Sydney Rice. There were three times that he scrambled looking to pass, and the receivers couldn’t get open, so yeah, he struggled. There were lots of guys that did.

  28. chillyball says: Aug 9, 2013 10:20 AM

    TJack is NOT the worst QB in the league.

    That honor goes to Christian Ponder.

    Dear God, please let Christian Ponder get turf toe and turn the reigns over to Matty Cassel….

    slappy pappy wah WAH!

  29. purpleguy says: Aug 9, 2013 10:50 AM

    T-Jack is one of the good guys in the NFL; however, even after all this time he still can’t properly read a defense. There’s a reason his prior two teams had him rolling out all the time — so he only had to survey half the field.

  30. 1papabob says: Aug 9, 2013 10:51 AM

    I don’t think they need 4 preseason games, maybe 2. But than it would be more difficult to watch these giant men get season ending injuries. That’s how T Jackson could get a starting job. Hate to see anyone injured. And if it wasn’t for Mcfatboy, Ponder would have had to wait. Need to leave Ponder alone, He could be the league MVP. OH OH, did I say that

  31. edmonton49ers says: Aug 9, 2013 11:16 AM

    at least TJ can see over the line without standing on his phone book

  32. themackstrong says: Aug 9, 2013 11:19 AM

    TJoke always is good for a good preseason game or two against vanilla defenses manned by backups and guys who won’t be in the league in q few weeks. And he should do well, he has played in Bevell’s system for most of his career.

    Facing real competition, that is trying to win rather than evaluate players, he’s one of the worst QBs I’ve ever seen.

    He may very well be the worst QB in the league.

    ——————————————

    He is a back up, not your franchise QB. I watched that game from start to finish, the Chargers did not use a vanilla defense. Their head coach said in an interview he would be aggressive at least they were on defense. Another fan said he still can’t read a defense and that’s true. He rarely throws someone open but if they get separation outside he can drop it 40 yards on their head.

  33. marlon70 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:50 AM

    There is stupid, and then there is ignorant, but there is also the combined stupidignorant guy who states that Tarvaris is the worst QB in the NFL. How can a guy who throws a perfect game(albeit against 2nd/3rd stringers) be the worst QB in the league…… What an idiot to make such an ignorant comment. Tarvaris played with a very serious pec injury most of the season in 2011, and he beat some of the best defenses in the league(including BAL)….. Just completely ignorant comment. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a sophmore slump for Wilson, and Tarvaris come in and light it up. Hope not for Wilson, because I like him, but Tarvaris can start in this league…..

  34. lugalngu says: Aug 9, 2013 12:25 PM

    Tarvaris Jackson beat the soon to be world champion New York Giants, on the road, (10:00 a.m. Seattle time start) less than 2 years ago. he was able to lead his team to a sufficient enough lead that when he got injured early in the second half, backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was able to hold the lead (barely) and finish out the game… did anyone notice Whitehurst last night? 7 for 15, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions… against, as previously pointed out by T-Jack haters, 2s and 3s and guys who won’t be in the NFL in a few week’s time… who’s the worst quarterback in the NFL?

  35. rcknrog11 says: Aug 11, 2013 11:15 PM

    Ill tell you who the jokes are!

    scmems07

    bsandersislegend20

    Nuff said except for.

    Go Hawks!

  36. rileyaustinhyde says: Sep 22, 2013 10:58 PM

    bsandersislegend20 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 4:43 AM
    2-6 for 23 yards for Wilson??? Looks like the seadderal so called god has come back down to earth!!!! lol

    Given the fact that you specifically took time out of your day to get on here and dog Wilson for one poor performance, just goes to show how good he really is. Or maybe you just got your hater-aid mixed up with you cranberry juice. Or maybe both. LoL

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