RENTON – One of the appealing things about the newly acquired B.J. Daniels is his versatility. With the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason, Daniels played quarterback, running back, returned and covered kicks and got a little time at wide receiver.
But while Seahawks coach Pete Carroll acknowledged all of that in his first comments about Daniels since Seattle claimed him off waivers from the 49ers on Wednesday, he also made it clear that Seattle views Daniels as a quarterback.
“He’s done a little bit of everything, and he’s obviously an all-around athlete,” Carroll said. “We like him as a quarterback. That’s where we like him.”
Daniels has bounced around at different positions in practice since joining the Seahawks, but Carroll said that’s because he’s so new and doesn’t know the offense. Veteran Tarvaris Jackson is Seattle’s clear backup to Russell Wilson, but he’s on a one-year deal. Daniels could be a backup option down the road if the Seahawks like him enough once he gets comfortable with their system.
Here’s a weird twist to the Daniels situation: The Seahawks will start a game for the second straight week with rookie Michael Bowie at right tackle, a guy they drafted in the seventh round with the 242nd pick of the 2013 draft.
Five spots ahead of him, the San Francisco 49ers drafted Daniels, a quarterback Seattle really liked. The Seahawks evaluated Daniels at length, Carroll said, and were interested in using one of their final two picks – they also had pick No. 241 – to grab him. (Seattle used the 241st pick to draft offensive lineman Jared Smith).
“We’ve had an eye on him the whole time,” Carroll said.