Though the Seahawks are pleased with the progress of backup R.J. Archer, they remain in talks with Tarvaris Jackson, their backup of the past two seasons, and hope he will return.
RENTON — Eventually, the Seahawks plan to have more than two quarterbacks on their roster.
But for now, as they hit the halfway point of organized team activities, that’s what they have — Russell Wilson and R.J. Archer, a former Arena Football League star signed in February as a free agent. B.J. Daniels, also listed as a quarterback and the No. 3 at that spot last season, has continued to work as a receiver and returner during the OTAs. On Tuesday, Wilson and Archer took the snaps at quarterback.
Getting a lot of work has allowed Archer, a 27-year-old graduate of William & Mary, to make an impression on the coaching staff. He arrived with some familiarity, having had a brief stint with the Vikings in 2010 when Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was in Minnesota.
“Really like R.J.,’’ Bevell said. “He’s come in and done a nice job. … He’s picked up the offense quickly. He’s got a great rapport with the players. The receivers love him. He throws with great accuracy. We like what we see so far.”
Though the Seahawks are pleased with the progress of Archer, they remain in talks with Tarvaris Jackson, their backup of the past two seasons, and hope he will return. Jackson, an unrestricted free agent, has yet to sign with a team. He’s thought to be seeking a chance to compete for a starting position.
That Jackson has great knowledge of Seattle’s offense means that missing the OTAs isn’t a big deal. It would not be a surprise if he were to sign by the time the Seahawks hold their mandatory minicamp in mid-June.
The Seahawks had four quarterbacks on their roster for training camp last season — Wilson, Jackson, Daniels and Terrelle Pryor. Bevell said Daniels is “mainly a receiver,’’ though he can play quarterback if needed.
Bevell said the Seahawks likely will add another quarterback.
“We’d like to get more arms in here,’’ he said. “But we have so many guys at so many (other position groups) right now that it’s tight at those positions. But for what we’re doing here (in OTAs), we’re OK.”
The 2015 season will be a big one for third-year running back Christine Michael to forge a long-term role. This offseason has been considered a big opportunity for Michael to shine with starter Marshawn Lynch sitting out the voluntary OTAs and backup Robert Turbin out (hip surgery).
Michael, though, missed workouts Monday and Tuesday because of an unspecified injury, leaving the Seahawks working with only two undrafted free agents at tailback — Thomas Rawls and Rod Smith — with fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Brandon Cottom at times being used at tailback.
Bevell said Michael was off to a good start in OTAs before being sidelined.
“He has a special talent,’’ he said. “It’s something that we’re hoping comes to the forefront, that he’ll really take the bit and really compete for us at that spot. There’s no question he has the talent, but he’s just got to do the right thing all the time. I think he’s really done well up to this point until we’ve missed him the last couple days.”
• Defensive end Michael Bennett and linebacker Bruce Irvin continue to sit out OTAs, making a statement about their unhappiness about their contract situations.
• Defensive end Cliff Avril, whose father died recently, also remained absent.