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The Seahawks have released QB Terrelle Pryor.  He was always the underdog in the battle against Tarvaris Jackson for the backup job.  Pryor remained uneven as a passer this preseason, completing just 53.8% of his throws with 1 TD and 2 INTs.  But he did show well in the finale, going 11-for-17 for 134 yards and a score.  He also racked up 97 yards and 1 TD on 16 carries (6.1 YPC).  Pryor's raw tools give him a good chance to land on another roster.  Pro Football Talk has already mentioned that the Sam Bradford-less Rams might be interested in Pryor.

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The Seahawks have traded a 7th-round pick to the Raiders for QB Terrelle Pryor.  Oakland was fully expected to release Pryor this week, so Seattle's front office clearly wanted to get its hands on him before he hit the open market.  Pryor has flashed as both a passer and runner but remains a major project.  He's completed 56.3% of his passes with 9 TDs and 12 INTs over the past 2 years.  In Seattle, he'll compete with Tarvaris Jackson for backup duties behind Russell Wilson.  Pryor will be a free agent next offseason.

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The Seahawks have signed QB Tarvaris Jackson.  He returns to the Emerald City after spending 2012 on the sidelines in Buffalo.  In Seattle, Jackson will battle Brady Quinn for the #2 QB job behind Russell Wilson.  We like Jackson's odds of winning that job since he's a better fit in the Seahawks' offense.  Of course, T-Jax has no place on fantasy rosters.

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The Bills have released QB Tarvaris Jackson.  It's just a housekeeping move by the Bills, who had no need for T-Jax after adding QB E.J. Manuel in the 1st round of April's draft.  Manuel and Kevin Kolb are set to duke it out for the starting job this summer.  Kolb's experience could give him the edge to be under center for Week 1, but we're betting on Manuel starting more games this year.  The rookie needs refinement and will be working with a largely unproven supporting cast, but his rushing ability could give him spot-starter value right out of the gate.

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The Bills aren't handing the starting QB job to Kevin Kolb.  At least not publicly.  "He should be a strong candidate in the competition for the starting QB position," GM Buddy Nix said of Kolb on Monday.  That's a standard company line.  In reality, Tarvaris Jackson isn't a legitmate candidate to start over Kolb.  But Buffalo could certainly bring in a rookie like Syracuse's Ryan Nassib or USC's Matt Barkley to compete for the job.  We'll find out later this month just how much faith the Bills have in Kolb.

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2 years ago

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Bills are finalizing a deal with former Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb.  Schefter says it'll give Buffalo "another starting caliber" passer, but we're a little skeptical of that designation.  Sure, Kolb has started games for 2 NFL franchises, but 1 traded him away and the other cut him.  Kolb clearly won't be the long-term answer in Buffalo.  But he's probably a better 1-year option than Tarvaris Jackson to transition to whomever the Bills pick in April's NFL draft.  He's also not much of a step down from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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The Bills have announced that they re-signed Tarvaris Jackson and that he'll have an open competition with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job. That should certainly solve any QB issues holding Buffalo down. On the other hand, the city can get pretty cold. Maybe it just takes 2 guys to keep the seat warm for Ryan Nassib.

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3 years ago

The Bills have released QB Vince Young.  The move was expected after Buffalo traded for QB Tarvaris Jackson.  Young struggled this preseason, completing just 48% of his passes with 0 TDs and 2 INTs.  He'll get a look elsewhere, but only as a backup.

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3 years ago

The Seahawks have traded QB Tarvaris Jackson to the Bills.  T-Jax fell to 3rd on Seattle's depth chart and had been on the trade block for a while.  The Bills came calling after being disappointed with both Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen in training camp and preseason action.  Jackson will likely be the team's backup QB this year, but he's not a threat to Ryan Fitzpatrick's starting job.

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3 years ago

Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson has been ultra impressive in his first 2 preseason games.  He's completed 22 of 33 passes for 279 yards with 3 TDs and 1 INT.  He's added another 92 yards and a score on the ground.  Now, Wilson has yet to play with the 1st-team offense -- or against a 1st-team defense.  But he's displayed that "gamer" mentality that we saw throughout his college career.  QB Matt Flynn is locked-in as Seattle's starting QB for now.  But if he falters during the season, Wilson has shown enough for the coaching staff to consider giving him a shot.  His play has the Seahawks ready to trade or release QB Tarvaris Jackson.  Wilson isn't worth a look in redraft leagues, but we'd roster him in keeper and dynasty formats if you have a spot on your bench.

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Seahawks HC Pete Carroll announced that QB Matt Flynn will start the team's preseason opener.  He'll also take all the 1st-team reps in practice the rest of this week.  Flynn has always been the favorite to be under center for Seattle come Week 1, and this is just confirmation.  He'd need to faceplant in exhibition action to lose the starting job.  The team has assembled an interesting group of pass-catchers, but Flynn still couldn't be considered more than a low-end fantasy backup.

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ESPN's John Clayton reports that Tarvaris Jackson will be the first QB up when training camp opens. That doesn't necessarily put him in the lead in the starter competition, but word is that Matt Flynn hasn't blown anyone away yet. That's not a surprise. The public probably overrated him quite a bit based on just 2 starts in place of Aaron Rodgers. Flynn is a former 7th-round pick who lingered on the open market this offseason. He still seems like the favorite in Seattle, but the Seahawks also seem to be gearing up for a true competition. Pete Carroll has said that even rookie Russell Wilson is in the mix. It'll be one of the league's more interesting camp battles.

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After an impressive showing at rookie minicamp, Seattle's Russell Wilson has entered the team's starting QB competition.  "He showed us enough," HC Pete Carroll said. "He's in the competition."  This could be chalked-up as coach speak, but we're big fans of the heady and accurate Wilson.  Plus, his competition for the starting job comes in the form of a mediocre Tarvaris Jackson and an unproven Matt Flynn.  Now, the odds are still stacked against Wilson -- a 3rd-round rookie hasn't started in a season-opener since 1973 -- but he's at least worth sticking on your radar.

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