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3 carries, 10 yards, a converted fourth down conversion and touchdown. Not a bad day of relief running the ball as a backup quarterback.
Unlike the 2010 offseason, when Charlie Whitehurst was brought in to compete but many presumed he would be the backup, Whitehurst has a clear opportunity to take the reins of the offense in 2011.
Due to this expectation and his failure to take charge of organizing workouts during the lockout, speculation has begun to surface in the media that Whitehurst is "blowing his chance" to start.
With Matt Hasselbeck helping to facilitate the creation of an expanded offseason workout regimen and practices at University of Washington, the opinion has begun to gain traction.
Is Charlie Whitehurst really blowing his chance? Whitehurst is from Georgia and is working out in a different city than he plays pro ball, something a lot of players have done this offseason. Following suit to many of those other players, Whitehurst attended the first unofficial organized activities with his squad.
Let's add a layer to the offseason body of work for Whitehurst; he has been throwing with 2011 fourth round pick Kris Durham, their work together beginning before the Georgia pro day. This piece of information was actually unknown to the Seahawks on draft weekend.
In a Seattle PI profile of Durham: "the two were introduced through John Busing, an NFL journeyman safety, who was friends with a player Durham worked out with throughout college. Busing knew Whitehurst, who played his high school ball in Johns Creek, Ga., at Chattahoochee High School, which just happens to be down the street from Durham’s sister’s house."
As for the workouts, Durham paid praise to Whitehurst comparing him to Matt Stafford; their work ethic, velocity and understanding, "all that kind of correlates" according to Durham. Whitehurst and Durham had worked out together "five or six times" as of draft day.
While Whitehurst may not be organizing workouts, he's been working out with a teammate—albeit by chance—and attended the first team workout that was organized.
Say what you will about Whitehurst, but he was a gamer on the field for the Seahawks last season, even a little too willing to take contact. It appears he has been competing this offseason as well.
He knows there is a chance to be the quarterback and if he doesn't become the starter, his prospects being an NFL starter are truly in limbo.