Jun 17, 2014; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (7) passes during minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks Position Battle: Tarvaris Jackson or Terrelle Pryor?


It seems reasonable to assume that the Seattle Seahawks will not carry three quarterbacks on their roster. The Seahawks have always been about depth, but that isn’t a position that necessarily needs three players.

Of course, the backup quarterback is arguably the most useless roster spot on the team. That is, it is unless until the starting quarterback gets hurt or is ineffective. Then, it suddenly becomes one of the most important positions on the team and franchises are critiqued if they didn’t prepare for this particular need.

Tarvaris Jackson or Terrelle Pryor? Which would you choose?

Which player should the Seahawks have at backup quarterback?

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The short answer? It depends.

What it depends on is what Pete Carroll wants from this position. Do you want a guy who is more familiar with the offense, the team and the culture? A known quantity in the lock room? Then T-Jack is your man.

Or, do the Seahawks want a player that is a more intriguing athlete, and who may have the always desirable but ultimately nebulous “upside?” Then perhaps Pryor will get the job.

There has been some speculation that Pryor may switch positions, but that seems unlikely at this point, particularly with the depth that the Seahawks have at various positions. The guy wants to be a quarterback, and the are enough quarterback-needy teams in the NFL that he can probably still make a living at that position.

There is a little bit of an age issue, but older players can often be more acceptable at the quarterback position. Jackson is 31, and he represents the savvy veteran leadership that football teams need. Pryor just turned 25, so if youth is wanted at the backup position, he has a clear advantage.

In the end, the job may belong to T-Jack. It will be one of the more interesting position battles for the Seahawks this summer, particularly during preseason when these two players will theoretically be given an opportunity to showcase their ability. That is, assuming both players make it that far.

Tags: Seattle Seahawks Tarvaris Jackson Terelle Pryor

  • Tony L. Castleberry

    T-Jax all the way.

  • Doug Chivers

    Its a backup position. I would prefer Pryor for the “upside”! His running ability is awesome, and also has rifle arm. Can learn system, and his team mates tendencies…………………..GO HAWKS!!

    • Paddy

      He is a FA after this year, so unless he wants to stay a backup, he’ll probably just pack up and leave after this season. I’m sure there will be a number of teams he can switch to where he’ll have a chance to compete for the starting spot. Wilson, unless injured, will probably be the QB in Seattle for the next decade.

    • Dana Bunner

      In games 5-16 last season, Pryor completed just a hair over 50% of his passes, threw 3 TDs and 9 INTs. He was a bum and even Oakland gave up on him.

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    Pryor is a lot better than most think, DA hosed him last season for he DIDNT want a Black QB leading the Raiders so he set Pryor up 2 FAIL. That won’t happen in Seattle for THEY ARE UNBIASED in the Great NORTHWEST.

    • Joseph Weber

      Nice accusation, now how about providing even the slightest degree of evidence, or do you think that the accusation = evidence?

  • Paddy

    Pryor is probably the better athlete, but he’ll probably try to leave and become a starter after the season. Jackson is very popular in the locker room and made it clear he wants to stay in Seattle at this point. I’d take a few years of stability over a player who will most likely leave sooner than later. Having a good backup is huge and I’m not sure I like the idea of starting from scratch, but I trust the FO to play a solid hand with this.

  • Dana Bunner

    I think there’s about an 80% chance that Pryor won’t be on any NFL active roster come the 1st game of the season. He’s too erratic and I’m not buying the whole “upside” thing. Yes, he’s athletic but he’s going to be 25 yo and doesn’t even have the fundamentals down in his throwing mechanics or in reading defenses. The Seahawks would be much better served if Wilson went down in a big game to have T-Jack coming off the bench.