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Jim Trotter
September 05, 2011
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September 05, 2011


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The Vikings seemed to be anointing their quarterback of the future when they selected Jackson in the second round of the 2006 draft. But after an erratic 2007—his first as a starter—in which he threw 12 interceptions against only nine touchdown passes, followed by a demotion to backup behind Gus Ferotte the next season, Minnesota lured Brett Favre out of retirement to take over in 2009.

Now Jackson is the Seahawks' quarterback of the future. He wasn't Seattle's first choice, but when the team was unable to come to terms with free agent Matt Hasselbeck, Pete Carroll wasted little time signing Jackson to a two-year, $8 million deal and declaring that the starting job was his. Carroll hopes that a change in scenery will allow the 28-year-old—who has a big arm, athleticism and the comfort of knowing he's with an organization that believes in him—to realize his potential.

Jackson spent the off-season working out in Arizona with Larry Fitzgerald and former Cardinals offensive coordinator Jerry Sullivan and should benefit from having already worked with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Sidney Rice in Minnesota. Rice (6'4") and Mike Williams (6'5") give him big targets, and Zach Miller is a mobile tight end who can work the seams. If the Seahawks can mount an effective running game, a breakthrough season is possible.