RENTON, Wash. – Tarvaris Jackson began Sunday’s scrimmage the same way he started training camp: Taking snaps with the first-unit offense.
All part of the plan, said coach Pete Carroll. And while no one has been named starting quarterback, Jackson’s role in Sunday’s simulated game spoke for itself.
“He’s working with the first unit,” Carroll said. “I can’t make it any more obvious than that.”
The scrimmage consisted of 80 plays, and while players were in pads and uniform pants, there was no tackling as plays stopped at first contact with the ball carrier. There was even an ejection, as rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane was tossed out after a skirmish with receiver Ben Obomanu.
The players have today off, and Carroll promised clarity on this week’s quarterback plans once they return Tuesday. Seattle plays its first exhibition game Saturday against Tennessee, and Carroll indicated he’ll soon share his plan at quarterback for that game.
“We’ll come back on Tuesday and set it in motion,” Carroll said. “We’ll let you know how that goes when we get there.”
Jackson completed four passes on 12 attempts during his time with the first-unit during the scrimmage. He was sacked twice.
Matt Flynn worked with the second-unit offense, and his first throw of the scrimmage was a 36-yard completion to Kris Durham, who leaped up to make the catch and fell hard on his hip. He didn’t return to the scrimmage.
Flynn completed nine of his 20 passes. He was the only quarterback to pass for a touchdown – throwing to tight end Cooper Helfet. He was also the only quarterback to be intercepted as he was picked off in the end zone by linebacker Mike Morgan on fourth-and-goal.
Rookie Russell Wilson played with the third-unit offense. He completed nine of his 15 passes.