Consider these last two weeks a prolonged audition for quarterback Seneca Wallace. The longtime backup for current Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Wallace recently stated publicly that he would like to earn a starting job in the league, which could include a chance to compete for a job in Seattle. “I’ve been here and been on a great team the last six years and we’ve been in the playoffs, been in the Super Bowl, so I wanted to be a part of this and still do,” Wallace told The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio on Tuesday. “At the same time, in the back of your mind, you always think if I got the opportunity to go somewhere and be a starter would I want to do it? You always think about it, but right now my mind is here in Seattle and trying to win these last two games for Mike (Holmgren).” Wallace reiterated those thoughts after practice Wednesday, saying he always dreamed of starting in the NFL, but that his focus was on finishing the season strong. While it’s unlikely Wallace would have an opportunity to start in Seattle if Hasselbeck is healthy, he has proven this season when healthy he can be a productive quarterback in the league. Wallace’s numbers this season have been solid. He’s played in eight games, starting six, throwing for 1,107 yards with eight touchdowns and just one interception. Wallace has an 88.9 passer rating and a 56.9 completion percentage. And since returning to the starting lineup two weeks ago against New England, Wallace has shown more mobility after recovering from nagging leg injuries earlier in the season, showing off his ability to move around in the pocket to create more time to throw. Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said Wallace has the skills to be an everyday starter, but he needs to commit to working toward that goal during both the season and the offseason. “He’s convinced he can do this,” Holmgren said. “Then, now you gotta work like you’re the starter in your preparation, not like you’re the backup. And you say everyone works the same, everyone doesn’t work the same. If you’re going to start the game you’ve got to be ready to go. The backup, he studies the same, but it’s different. ... You’ve got to commit. “It’s gotta be you’re life during the season. And then along with that great preparation comes very good judgment. It should happen for him. He’s proven himself to me many times.” Williams to debut at left tackle USC product Kyle Williams worked with the first unit at left tackle in anticipation of his first NFL start on Sunday against the Jets. Just elevated from the practice squad a month ago, Williams has been inserted into the starting lineup because Sean Locklear, who was filling in for Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones, dislocated his left big toe in the final play of the game against St. Louis. Williams said he’s looking forward to the opportunity. “I think come game day I’ll be revved up,” Williams said. “Right now is kind of the calm before the storm. I’m kind of just taking it all in right now and then come Sunday, just letting it loose.” Williams missed the first month of last season after getting released during training camp before the Seahawks signed him to the practice squad in October. Williams said just before Seattle brought him back, he was working with a family friend in Las Vegas who manages musical acts like Hootie and the Blowfish in hopes of getting into the field, with the possibility of building a long-term career. “I liked the job,” Williams said. “It was a job. It sounded exciting and I was looking to start a career because you don’t know what’s going to happen in the NFL.” Extra points Holmgren described the possibility of Hasselbeck (back), Locklear (toe) and linebacker Leroy Hill (stinger) playing on Sunday as “Grim, grim and grim.” Hasselbeck will serve as the team’s third quarterback and will be active on Sunday, Holmgren said. ... Safety Jordan Babineaux was held out of practice as a precautionary measure after receiving a concussion during Sunday’s game against St. Louis, but should be ready for Sunday’s game.
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