NFC West Notes: Jackson, Kaep, Gabbert, Rams

It sounds as though the Seahawks are still open to re-signing backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, but until that happens, undrafted free agent Trevone Boykin is acting as Seattle’s No. 2 signal-caller, writes Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. As Condotta notes, Jackson didn’t ink a new deal with the Seahawks until mid-June of last year, so it “wouldn’t break precedent” for him to re-join the club this late in the offseason this time around. A report at the end of April indicated that general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll were still in talks with Jackson, whom I listed as a honorable mention in PFR’s list of the best remaining offensive free agents.

Here’s more out of the NFC West…

  • 49ers head coach Chip Kelly made a radio appearance on 95.7 The Game (audio link), touching on everything to the club’s selection of DeForest Buckner, the role of Bruce Miller, and the stress his offensive scheme will put on San Francisco’s defense. Perhaps of the most note, though, were Kelly’s comments on his quarterback room, which contains both Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert (thanks to Niners Nation for the transcript). “They have a similar skill set,” said Kelly. “They’re both 6’4″+. They both can really run, which will help keep plays alive. Obviously we’re not a quarterback-run offense, but if the quarterback can run, you can use a little of that to your advantage. And they both have extremely strong arms.”
  • Stedman Bailey isn’t likely to be cleared for the 2016 season after being shot in the head last fall, but he is attending Rams camp and working as a “de facto coach,” according to Nick Wagoner of Head coach Jeff Fisher said last year that Bailey’s NFL career was likely over, but the wide receiver hasn’t accepted that outcome, as he’s continued to meet with doctors while hoping to make a return. Per Wagoner, Los Angeles will likely move Bailey to the non-football injury list at some point (as they did last season), allowing Bailey to remain a part of the team while simultaneously clearing a roster spot.
  • Bailey won’t be a part of the Rams‘ receiving corps, but the club does like its group of undrafted wide receivers, as Wagoner writes in his latest mailbag. Nelson SpruceMarquez North, Paul McRoberts, and Duke Williams are four players that have been repeatedly mentioned to the ESPN scribe as standing out at camp, though there obviously won’t be room for all of them on the roster. Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, and fourth-round rookie Pharaoh Cooper figure to be locks for the club’s final 53.
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