RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he expects Tarvaris Jackson to be the team’s starting quarterback when it opens the season .
Carroll made the pronouncement Saturday morning during his first media availability of training camp.
Jackson signed a two-year deal with the Seahawks on Friday. He watched Saturday’s practice in shorts and a T-shirt, unable to participate in camp until next Thursday due to rules established in the new collective bargaining agreement.
Carroll says Jackson’s familiarity with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell gave the newcomer the edge. Jackson and Bevell worked together in Minnesota from 2006-10.
Carroll added Charlie Whitehurst will compete for the starting job once he gets caught up in Bevell’s offense.