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Seahawks' Carroll isn't ready to name starting QB

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By Eric D. Williams
The News Tribune
  • Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, shown during a practice last week, isn't ready to announce who will Seattle's starting quarterback.

    Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

    Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, shown during a practice last week, isn't ready to announce who will Seattle's starting quarterback.

RENTON -- Despite the persistent questions, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll isn't ready to announce a winner in the three-way battle for the starting quarterback job.
Carroll won't even say what guy will start this Saturday in the team's first exhibition game at home against Tennessee.
But he may have provided a not-so subtle hint on Sunday, with incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson working with the first unit in the team's controlled scrimmage on Sunday.
"That was his day today," Carroll said. "It was important for him to have this first day and that's the way it came out on the rotation."
Jackson was not at his best, finishing 4-of-12 for 22 yards, including a 5-yard scramble for a touchdown. However, going up against Seattle's first-unit defense, Jackson did not have to make many plays, with Marshawn Lynch rushing for 125 yards on nine carries, including a 70-yard jaunt down the right sideline.
Carroll declined to name a frontrunner for the starting quarterback job after practice, saying instead he wants to watch the film and evaluate each candidate's performance before making a decision.
Carroll said he'd like the starter for the team's first preseason game in place by Wednesday, when the Seahawks begin game preparation for the Titans.
"I'm really anxious to see the film and see what it tells me," Carroll said. "The plan that we set in motion is right on course right now. It's going just right. I would like to figure this out as soon as possible. I have thought that the whole time, but I felt like it was going to take a while.
"And so we have a big day today and tomorrow evaluating it. And then we'll come back on Tuesday and set it in motion. We start the game week on Wednesday. And we'll let you know how that goes when we get there."
Jackson said all he can do is be patient in the battle for the starting job with free agent addition Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson.
"It's different, but you just have to do your best whenever you're in," he said. "Whoever you're in there with, it's like a challenge ... I just try to make the best of it."
Working with the second unit, Flynn finished 9-of-20 for 118 yards, one touchdown pass on a 17-yard out route that tight end Cooper Helfet turned up the field for a score.
Flynn also had one interception. On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line Flynn had his pass tipped by defensive end Cordarro Law, and linebacker Mike Morgan came down the ball in the end zone on a pass intended for tight end Sean McGrath. Flynn was sacked twice.
Working with the third unit, Wilson finished 9-of-15 for 116 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Bryant released Wiggs returns
The Seahawks made a minor roster move on Sunday, releasing veteran receiver Antonio Bryant and replacing him on the 90-man roster by bringing back kicker Carson Wiggs.
Bryant had missed the last two practices with an unknown injury.
The veteran receiver's reps had been limited during the first week of training camp. One of Bryant's few highlights was a nice reception on a deep ball from Flynn while working with the second unit during team drills last week. But Bryant, 31, was a long shot to make the roster with younger players getting more reps at receiver.
Seattle now has 13 receivers on the roster.
The Seahawks used the available roster spot to bring back Wiggs, which will allow starter Steven Hauschka to rest his legs.
Sweezy impresses
Rookie seventh-round choice J.R. Sweezy started at right guard with the first unit offense, and held his own against Seattle's starting defense. The Seahawks have been using Sweezy with the starters because regular starter John Moffitt has been playing center with the second unit.
And Sweezy, who never played a down of offensive line in his football career before showing up in Seattle, continues to impress both the coaching staff and his teammates.
"This is a remarkable accomplishment for him to get to this point," Carroll said. "And we're all kind of blown away that he's handling it as well as he is."
Said Jackson: "I get a kick out of seeing him do well, especially with the older guys when he blocks them up and they get angry at him a little bit, not expecting him to be able to block them. He's doing a great job."
Extra points
Receiver Kris Durham made a nice grab on a 38-yard reception from Matt Flynn, but suffered a hip injury on the play and did not return to the scrimmage. ... LB Bobby Wagner (quad), WR Doug Baldwin (hamstring), LB Alan Bradford (groin), LB Matt McCoy (knee), DE Red Bryant (knee), TE Anthony McCoy (hamstring) and LB Jameson Konz (shoulder) did not practice on Sunday. CB Walter Thurmond (leg) and OL James Carpenter (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. ... Former University of Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Robinson attended practice on Sunday. Robinson played linebacker at the University of the Pacific and was a teammate of Carroll. … The Seahawks will take today off before returning to practice on Tuesday to prepare for Saturday's game against Tennessee.
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