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August 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talks backup quarterbacks, and more

Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said today the backup quarterback battle between Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor remains ongoing and “we will kind of just let it go for the next three weeks and see what happens.”

Bevell spoke to the media at-large today, and also discussed what the team hopes to see from Pryor going forward.

I think being able to see the field a little bit better, making some of the decisions a little bit quicker,” Bevell said. “But he’s doing a great job out here. We get to see him obviously; that’s not the only time we see him in the game, so we see him in practice every day. He’s come along really well, he’s learned really fast. Been impressed with that and how he’s been able to pick it up and we will just continue to let him play and see how far he can come.”

Here’s more of what Bevell had to say:

(On how camp went overall) I think things went great. There’s a lot of competition out there. There are a lot of positions we’re looking at. A lot of players we’re looking at to improve. It’s just the last couple days here, speaking offensively I like what we’ve done and we’ve kind of made a little bit of a jump. Obviously it helps to have some people like Max [Unger], James [Carpenter], and Russell [Okung] and some of those guys that are getting a little bit of practice time. So, obviously it helps to pick up a little bit.

(On having Percy Harvin for the entire camp) Hopefully we continue to have him. It’s been great though. We definitely need him out there and he needs reps. But he’s fitting in great. He’s looking fast, looking explosive, and everything we hoped he would be.

(On Percy Harvin’s presence helping others like Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse) Well, good players always help everyone else. He is an outstanding player and like I said he’s explosive, makes plays, and that makes everyone around him better. It’s going to put coverage on him and take them off someone else. Marshawn [Lynch] has the same effect. All of a sudden they have to respect the run game and that affects the wideouts and the coverage they get.

(On how he plans to get Percy Harvin the ball) Obviously we try to get him the ball. You have to put him in situations where they have the chance to do that. Coverage still dictates where the ball goes. You can design the best play to try and get it there and they can still take it away. That’s why you have the other guys out there, but we’re trying to put him in those positions. You’ll see him outside, you’ll see him in the slot and you’ll see him moving around. Just try to make it difficult.

(On Doug Baldwin) We have a lot of depth at wideout, I know we just talked about Percy [Harvin], but Doug and Jermaine [Kearse] and the list continues to go on. Phil Bates has looked really good, but Doug is an ultimate competitor, we love the way he competes. He’s doing a really nice job with his releases, he’s getting off well, and he’s catching the ball well. I think something that kind of showed up a little bit is his speed as well, I think his speed is a little underestimated and his speed has definitely showed up at camp.

(On Doug Baldwin moving from slot to outside) We’ll move him outside, we’ll keep him inside as well. He’s very special when he’s in the slot, but he’s definitely capable of being outside and maybe that’s why the speed has showed up a little bit as well.

(On progression of Jermaine Kearse) Jermaine is doing a great job. I think where they advance the most is obviously their understanding of the offense and how they fit in and I think that helps them to play faster and kind of let their ability start to take over. I think that would be the case with him. He has a great understanding of what we’re doing, he knows how he fits in so now he can let his ability take over and play fast.

(On improvement of Paul Richardson) I think the best thing for him is to be out there. He’s had a couple of setbacks where he hasn’t been able to practice. He’s very talented obviously we know that he’s got great speed, he’s got great quickness, but the best thing is for him to be able to have the opportunity to get reps. I think that’s why you’re seeing that. We really like him, we feel like we know what he can do. It takes time, there’s a learning process, the install kind of gets heavy on young guys a little bit. Kind of speaking in the same vain as Jermaine [Kearse] where Paul has had all this stuff weighted on him with the installs and trying to learn new plays every day and when he’s not out there getting to rep them it seems to go by a little bit faster on him. Now that he’s out there, he’s showing up a little bit more, the game is slowing down, he understands what he’s doing. Then he’s able to let his ability take over.

(On Luke Willson growing to be a factor this year) He has. He’s looking good in the camp. He’s looking really fast; this is one of the assets that he has. He’s coming along in the blocking game as well, so he would be our player that we would think could take a big step for us this year.


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