J.P. Losman. The Seattle Seahawks weren’t sure what to expect when they brought the Bills’ former first-round draft choice in for a workout Tuesday. Losman has been a starting quarterback in the NFL, but not since 2008 – and then only for a couple of games in an injury-replacement situation.
But Losman performed so well that the club signed him to a one-year contract Wednesday, just in time to participate in practice.
“He was unbelievable in his workout,” general manager John Schneider said.
Losman wasn’t too shabby in practice either, considering that he played for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL last season before signing with the Oakland Raiders in mid-December.
“I’m extremely excited,” Losman said. “I think every player is excited for an opportunity to play, but especially this – coming to it fresh. Not just a new team, but a coach, a new attitude, new everything.”
Including a new noise level on the practice field.
“It’s a very competitive atmosphere,” Losman said. “Being able to experience my first practice, I’m able to see exactly what all the chatter is about. Everything is really really positive and everything is very highly competitive. So it’s a good situation.”
That hasn’t always been the situation in Losman’s career, as you can read in this story posted earlier today. It’s one of the reasons he decided to play in the UFL.
“It was a good situation for me to be in, working with someone like Jim Fassel,” Losman said of the Locomotives coach, who also coached in the NFL for 16 seasons. “He helped me a lot in this free agency process, talking to coaches for me.
“But being around a mind like that, with so much knowledge for the game, helped me a lot. Then I was able to compete everyday from a starting quarterback role – getting all the reps, being the guy, leading the team. Just getting back in that leadership role is something I was looking to do.”
With the Seahawks, however, the competition will be for snaps with No. 3 QB Mike Teel – behind starter Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst. But Losman is ready for whatever comes his way.
“I’m ready to come back and compete with the best that there is,” he said.
Losman showed that during his workout.
“The mindset when you come into a building is very professional,” he said. “You’re going for a job interview and coming in, basically, to show them what you have. You don’t know what people know about you. You don’t know what the perception is. You don’t know what people have seen about you.
“You just want to go out and show your talent, and hopefully it’s what they’re looking for.”
With the Seahawks, it was – and more.
Earl Thomas. The second of the team’s two first-round draft choices is back following his league-mandated absence, and the free safety from Texas picked up where he left off at the post-draft minicamp – as the starter at a pivotal position in the team’s new defensive approach.
“I was just telling the older guys, this is the best job in the whole world,” Thomas said after practice. “Practicing on the lake and just being in the league, it’s a blessing.”
There it is again, Thomas’ use of the tag “older guys” when mentioning his teammates in the secondary. He did it in his introductory news conference, while talking about fellow safety Jordan Babineaux. Cornerback Kelly Jennings admitted last week to being somewhat stunned the first time Thomas referred to him that way.
But it’s understandable. Thomas just turned 21 on May 7. So Babineaux and Jennings, both 27, are a generation older than Thomas in NFL years. Today, the strong safety in the No. 1 defense was Lawyer Milloy, who re-signed after Thomas was drafted. Milloy is 36, and entering his 15th season.
Losman wasn’t the only new player on the practice field. The club also has signed wide receiver Marcus Maxwell and tight end Michael Allan since Monday’s OTA practice.
Former Central Washington University QB Mike Reilly was released Tuesday to clear a roster spot for Maxwell. Wide receiver Victor James and tight end Patrick Devenny were released to make room for Losman and Allan.