Revisiting Seneca Wallace's role

September, 10, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Seattle's decision to sign Samie Parker and Billy McMullen as stopgap receivers suggests the team might not move backup quarterback Seneca Wallace to receiver as his primary position, an option coach Mike Holmgren considers from time to time.

Wallace has the talent to play receiver at least for stretches. He proved that with a momentum-changing catch against Carolina in the NFC title game a few years ago. Wallace also has a quarterback's knowledge of the offense, another plus.

Third quarterback Charlie Frye played well enough during the exhibition season to gain Holmgren's confidence, a key variable in determining whether to use Wallace at another position.

"It's still hard," Holmgren said at his news conference today. "It's still a difficult decision."

The Seahawks did bring in free-agent quarterback Bruce Gradkowski for a tryout Tuesday, but they did not sign him as part of a broader strategy to use Wallace in other capacities. Seattle  needed a fresh arm as the team worked out six free-agent receivers before settling on Parker and McMullen.

Note: Holmgren told Bay Area reporters Wallace has a "real chance" of playing receiver this week.

Update: Wallace worked at receiver in practice Wednesday. He'll clearly get some time there, but quarterback will remain his primary position long term. The tougher decision in the short term might be whether to have Wallace return punts. Just wanted to be clear on that.

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