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August 14, 2008 4:21 PM

Into the Frye-ing pan

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Quarterback Matt Hassebeck returned to practice on Thursday after missing the past four days because of a tight back.

Just don't expect him back in the lineup on Saturday against Chicago. At least not based on the fact he had exactly zero repetitions he got with the first-unit offense in the team portion of practice on Thursday.

"I have got a feeling based on reps," Hasselbeck said. "But I haven't been told anything."

OK. We'll put on the detective caps then and since third-string quarterback Charlie Frye took 100 percent of the practice time with the first-unit offense on Thursday that he's going to be the starter on Saturday.

"I knew at some point this preseason they were going to give Charlie more reps," Hasselbeck said. "More opportunities to show what he can do in a game. I've got a feeling, but that's all it is. A feeling."

It's a pretty good hunch, and one of the factors is that the Seahawks will want to see exactly how Frye fares in extended play. He came to the Seahawks in a trade from Cleveland after Week 1 in 2007 and as the third-string quarterback in Seattle, he didn't get practice repetitions other than the scout team.

He comes from a college that used the shotgun formation, and he's had to adjust to the precise timing of Seattle's five- and seven-step drops. If Frye is a capable backup, it would also free the Seahawks to use Seneca Wallace on other positions at offense. So expect to get a long look at Frye on Saturday.

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Posted by random husky

4:59 PM, Aug 14, 2008

i have little confidence that frye will ever be capable enough to back up matt and free up seneca. very disappointing because i like every other hawk fan out there would love to see Sen contribute some how. i'll never forget the nfc championship game catch..thats the last game i've been to.

Posted by spirit of 12

5:01 PM, Aug 14, 2008

If Frye can prove himself as a capable backup, has there been any real talk at camp about letting Seneca get more significant playing time at the receiver position, especially with all the injuries at that spot right now? I am surprised that really hasn't been talked about that much since Engram went down seeing as how Holmgren has said in the past that if Seneca was a receiver he would be vying for a starting spot.

Posted by nature

5:57 PM, Aug 14, 2008

The thing that I don't get is just that....

Where's the talk? It's like the hawks are not even interested in moving Seneca outside. It's like the only talk about it comes from all the fans. To have one of your best athletes on the sidelines 99% of the time sorta boggles the mind.

But then hey... I'm just an armchair... uh... player-personnel with a cold beer in hand. Whaddah I know?

Posted by Wallace Fan

8:12 PM, Aug 14, 2008

Seneca Wallace, excellent athlete, healthy, ready to go has less chance of playing than Marcus Tubbs.

Even Tuiasosopo gets more time with the Raiders than Seneca has with the Hawks.

It's said, sick, and wrong and stupid.

Posted by 12thmanforlife

8:10 AM, Aug 15, 2008

Seneca got on the field multiple times last year and didn't catch anything. Mainly because he is NOT a receiver. He doesn't run routes very well. He IS a quarterback and a pretty good one too. Just be happy that if, God forbid, Matt goes down, we have a guy who can step right in and take over. Not many teams can say that. If anything, they should let him return punts.

Posted by free

8:53 AM, Aug 15, 2008

If Wallace is used in another position, gets hurt, Matt goes down, you might as well turn off your tv for the rest of the Seahawk season, your beer won't as good either!!

Posted by kalaloch

11:54 AM, Aug 15, 2008

How many more years do you guys think Hassleback has left in him? I love Hassleback, but I think we should draft a young quarterback prospect now, let him learn the system, then let Wallace do his thing on the field. And tell Hassleback he is the man until he wants to retire.

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