NFL: Seattle 45, Jacksonville 17

SEATTLE, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Russell Wilson fired four touchdown passes en route to 202 yards Sunday and the Seattle Seahawks rolled over Jacksonville 45-17.

NFL: Seattle 31, San Diego 10

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Brady Quinn and Tarvaris Jackson combined to throw three a touchdown passes Thursday in leading Seattle to a 31-10 exhibition win over San Diego.

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., March 12 (UPI) -- The Buffalo Bills said Tuesday they have released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, following a report he declined the team's offer of a restructured contract.
Bills release Young, pick up Jackson

Bills release Young, pick up Jackson

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The Buffalo Bills Monday released quarterback Vince Young and picked up signal-caller Tarvaris Jackson.

NFL: Arizona 23, Seattle 20 (OT)

GLENDALE, Ariz., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Jay Feely's 28-yard kick Sunday gave Arizona its fourth overtime victory of the 2011 campaign, a 23-20 win over Seattle in the season finales for both teams.

NFL: Seattle 38, Chicago 14

CHICAGO, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Seattle's Marshawn Lynch scored a pair of touchdowns and surpassed 1,000 rushing yards Sunday in the Seahawks' 38-14 spanking of Chicago.

NFL: Washington 23, Seattle 17

SEATTLE, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Rex Grossman hooked up with Anthony Armstrong on a 50-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass late in the game Sunday that carried Washington to a 23-17 win over Seattle.

NFL: Seattle 24, St. Louis 7

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett broke the game open with second-half touchdown runs and the Seattle Seahawks bested St. Louis 24-7.

NFL: Dallas 23, Seattle 13

ARLINGTON, Texas, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Tony Romo connected for two scoring passes and the Dallas defense made three interceptions Sunday, helping the Cowboys to a 23-13 win over Seattle.

NFL: Cincinnati 34, Seattle 12

SEATTLE, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Andy Dalton passed for two touchdowns Sunday and Cincinnati scored on punt and interception returns in its 34-12 win over Seattle.

NFL: Atlanta 30, Seattle 28

SEATTLE, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Michael Turner scored two rushing touchdowns Sunday and the Atlanta Falcons held off a late Seattle charge to post a 30-28 win over the Seahawks.

NFL: Seattle 20, Oakland 3

SEATTLE, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Thomas Clayton and Vai Taua each ran for a touchdown Friday and the Seattle Seahawks beat Oakland 20-3 in the final game of the 2011 NFL pre-season.

NFL: Minnesota 20, Seattle 7

SEATTLE, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Marcus Sherels' 64-yard touchdown off an interception Saturday sparked the Minnesota Vikings to a 20-7 pre-season win over Seattle.

NFL: Minnesota 38, Buffalo 14

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Tarvaris Jackson came in after Brett Favre was hurt early in the game Sunday and tossed two touchdowns in the Minnesota Vikings' 38-14 romp over Buffalo.
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Tarvaris Jackson
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson looks for an open receiver in the first quarter October 21, 2007 at Texas Stadium in Irving, TX. The Cowboys beat the Vikings 24-14. (UPI Photo/Ian Halperin)

Tarvaris Fox Jackson III (born April 21, 1983 in Montgomery, Alabama) is an American football quarterback who is currently a member of the Seattle Seahawks. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama State.

The Vikings scouting and personnel had reportedly been watching him closely in secret over his senior season, particularly liking his performance in the East-West Shrine Game. They were also impressed by his workout at the scouting combine (among the top-5 quarterbacks in ball speed and 40 yard dash). Several NFL teams including the Vikings had arranged secret workouts with him too. Jackson was selected with the last pick in the 2nd round (64th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, while he was projected to go much later in the 4th-7th rounds. The Vikings traded two 3rd round picks to get the 2nd round pick with which they drafted Jackson, fearing he may get picked sooner than anticipated. Jackson's early selection caused some surprise as he was the 5th quarterback taken and the 1st Division I-AA player selected (the last I-AA quarterback drafted was Spergon Wynn in 2000). He was also the first quarterback from Alabama State to be drafted into the NFL since Ricky Jones in 1992. Even Jackson was surprised by the pick saying, "I was more focused on the third round and even that was stretching it". Most pre-draft publications did not even have him listed as one of the top 10 eligible quarterbacks, while he was the 5th selected. On 26 July 2006, Jackson signed a four year deal with Minnesota, including a $1 million signing bonus.

Vikings coach Brad Childress was quoted days before the draft as saying he was interested in finding a "developmental guy", a "diamond in the rough" quarterback of the future, raw talent he could teach a system. Both new coach Childress and Vikings former quarterback Brad Johnson have had a lot of success developing quarterbacks in the past - A.J. Feeley and Donovan McNabb owe a lot of their success to Childress, and Chris Simms says Brad Johnson was the best tutor he's ever had. Jackson's quarterback coach at Alabama State, Reggie Barlow, played wide receiver with Brad Johnson at Tampa Bay so Tarvaris had been looking forward to learning from him. Other Vikings coaches have experience developing quarterbacks too. Vikings Quarterbacks Coach Kevin Rogers had developed Donovan McNabb in college. And Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell had spent time as Quarterbacks Coach to Brett Favre too. The use of two 3rd round picks showed how much they felt Tarvaris was the guy they wanted to use their skills to develop.

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