West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard is among the undrafted free agents the Seahawks began to acquire once the NFL draft ended.
The Seahawks didn’t draft a quarterback, but they did agree to terms with an undrafted one: West Virginia’s Skyler Howard.
Howard completed 61 percent of his passes as a senior and threw 26 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions. When asked about Howard, though, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll immediately started talking about Howard’s ability to throw the deep ball.
“He’s a mad bomber, man,” Carroll said. “He threw a ton of deep balls.”
The Seahawks have only two quarterbacks on the roster: Russell Wilson and his backup last season, Trevone Boykin, who is entering his second season. But Boykin was arrested in March for marijuana possession and public intoxication and violated his probation (he had previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest in December 2015).
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Boykin attempted only 18 passes as a rookie last season, and it was always assumed the Seahawks would add at least another quarterback or two to the backup competition.
Howard, meanwhile, was a two-year starter at West Virginia, although not one immune from criticism.
Bruce Irvin, the former Seahawks linebacker now with the Raiders, tweeted after West Virginia’s bowl game loss, “We playing wit a NAIA qb.” Howard started his career as a walk on at Stephen F. Austin.
The Seahawks won’t officially announce their undrafted free agent signings until later, but word started trickling out on Twitter immediately after the draft (in addition to undrafted free agent signees, some undrafted players are brought in as rookie mini-camp invites).
Other players who have reportedly signed with the Seahawks after the draft include Purdue offensive lineman Jordan Roos; Texas tight end Tyrone Swoopes; BYU fullback Algernon Brown; Louisiana-Lafayette…