Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terelle Pryor (2) is back in the pocket to throw a pass against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Will Seahawks Keep 3 Quarterbacks on the 53-Man Roster?

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The Seattle Seahawks gave Keith Price fans some disappointing news yesterday, cutting the likable hometown kid to add running back Demetrius Bronson (who nobody’s ever heard of before) just to have a warm body in training camp, but there are still several quarterbacks to consider on the roster.

The incumbent starter Russell Wilson leads the charge, while Tarvaris Jackson, Terrelle Pryor and B.J. Daniels are vying for a backup spot. The question now is; will the Seahawks keep two or three QB’s on the roster once the season starts?

We’ve had some discussions about it already, but it’s very interesting that the Seahawks saw good improvement in Pryor over the OTA period. If Pryor can continue to improve, he could potentially give the team a very athletic option to play with and we know how Pete Carroll and Co. love their toys.

In that case there is a pretty good argument for keeping three. However there are even more intense roster battles at positions like defensive line, linebacker, fullback and receiver this season, where the extra roster spot would be very useful. Because of that there’s very little chance the Hawks decide to keep three quarterbacks this season. So I see this playing out between Jackson and Pryor for the backup role and few are giving Pryor much of a shot.

If you’re wondering about B.J. Daniels, my opinion is that he has some upside but I see him bowing out to Jackson and Pryor based on experience. Honestly, I don’t think even if he played his best that Daniels could land himself a spot on the roster. That’s really not anything more than personal opinion and there are some fans that disagree, but I feel it’s a pretty educated guess.

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  • Peter Smith

    While I agree that Daniels has some sturdy competition with T.Jack and Pryor, especially if we only keep two QBs, its certainly not out of the question that he could potentially do it. T.Jack has the experience in Bevell’s system that is hard to part ways with, and Pryor has the athleticism that is likewise hard to part ways with, and Daniels has shown much room for improvement up until now. But this is a competition based philosophy and system, where anyone can win a job if they prove themselves worthy over their competition at the position. Carroll and crew have proved that they will stick to those guns as well. So even though the cards are not in Daniels’ favor, its certainly not out of the question that its possible. He just has to earn it.

    When he was due to be drafted, or taken as an UDFA, I was crossing my fingers we would take him in the 7th round, and I believe we would have had the Niners not taken him. From college film he looked like Wilson V.2… the perfect candidate to back him up. A seamless transition in the playbook if the worst case scenario demanded it. It appears his progression as a QB in our system has been slow to progress, but he still has that one thing going for him… he “looked” like Wilson V.2.

    T.Jack is not a potential clone of Wilson, and although his experience and knowledge of this playbook is most valuable, we know his ceiling, and therefore his limitations. But its reasonable to expect him to perform near his ceiling because of his experience.

    Pryor may be a freak athlete, and therefore have a very high ceiling, but he’s no rookie, and his game film has proven that he’s been slow to learn, given many chances and years to try and get things done. Yes, word on the street is that he impressed in OTAs, but that could simply be word to the press so they say what Pryor needs to hear, not necessarily what is indeed fact. But why play that game, you might ask? To keep Pryor motivated… keep him believing he has a chance here, even if he doesn’t (which he very well may have). Again, why do that? Because he’s a freak athlete, and he may retain value at a position other than QB, and he’s made it clear he wants to be a QB. But what if he believes he’s been given every chance to compete and earn the backup role, but doesn’t get that role? For one, he will respect us and our commitment to him, or at least giving him that chance. Two, if we can convince him he still has value to the team, he may be willing to try a few other options to remain on the roster, and keep a good thing going (this is the defending champion, and favorite to do it again). We keep him inspired, and in good faith with us as a team, and the idea of changing roles (i.e. positions) might be feasible without fully burning the bridge with him. I mean, let’s be honest, he can have great value as a WR, maybe a TE/hybrid, or a slash-back/trick-play extraordinaire… he can have value even if he’s not a QB. But we need to lay the groundwork for such a scenario to unfold, and part of that would be keeping up the faith in his future with this team as a QB.

    Then again, Pryor could simply be impressing the coaches with honest improvement, and be earning his way to the backup QB role. But if the above paragraph has any legs, BJ Daniels could potentially earn his way into the backup QB role. But he has to tear it away from the hands of T.Jack and Pryor.

    No matter how you cut the cookie, the Seahawks are finding themselves in a great situation at QB. :)

  • Paul R

    Two quarterbacks on the main roster and one on the reserve squad. I believe BJ has a guaranteed contract so my vote would be Russell of course with Pryor as backup leaving Jackson out unless we put Keith Price on reserve squad instead of BJ