Seahawks claim ex-Central QB off waivers from Rams

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Former Central Washington University quarterback Mike Reilly was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday after being released by the St. Louis Rams.

Reilly put up huge numbers at Central, but went undrafted last year and then signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent.

He then spent time on the Green Bay Packers practice squad before finishing the year with the Rams.

Reilly, 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, gives the Seahawks a competitor with Mike Teel for the third quarterback position behind Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst.

Bradley George of Texas State was the fourth quarterback in last weekend’s minicamp as a tryout player, but has not been offered a contract by the club.

In his four seasons at Central, Reilly set virtually every passing record in Wildcats history, named co-runner-up for the Harlon Hill Trophy as the nation’s top Division II player, and holds the NCAA all-divisions record with at least one touchdown pass in all 46 career games.

Seattle also signed cornerback Marcus Udell and receivers Chris Duvalt and Victor James on Tuesday. All three were tryout players at the last weekend’s mandatory minicamp.

James, 22, is a former quarterback who moved to wide receiver his senior season at New Mexico. At 6-foot-1, 207, he’s another of the big-target type receivers the Seahawks are seeking.

Though he played primarily special teams prior to his senior year, James emerged in the final nine games of 2009 when he caught 31 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his senior year with 35 catches for 398 yards and then posted some impressive numbers at his Pro Day workout for scouts.

Duvalt, 22, is more of a speed receiver at 5-10, 173 pounds. He also went undrafted out of Illinois after catching 23 passes for 361 yards and three TDs as a senior, but caught the Seahawks coaching staff’s attention at last weekend’s minicamp.

The Seahawks now have 15 wide receivers on their roster, with a host of newcomers challenging holdovers T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch, Deon Butler, Ben Obomanu and Mike Hass.

Of that group, only Houshmandzadeh and Butler seem like sure things heading into next season, along with second-round draft pick Golden Tate out of Notre Dame.

Former NFL first-round picks Mike Williams and Reggie Williams will get their shots, along with free-agent signees Ruvell Martin and Sean Morey, who is primarily a special teams player.

Mike Jones, a 6-4 receiver from Arizona State who was on the practice squad last year, is also in the hunt along with Louisville’s Patrick Carter, who signed a future’s contract at the end of last season.

The team also drafted Kent State’s Jameson Konz in the seventh round as a project, though he was working some with the tight ends last weekend as well.

Now with James and Duvalt in the mix, that’s a whole lot of prospects without a lot of proven answers, though the team now has numerous offseason sessions to see who’s who before camp opens in late July.

Udell, 5-10 and 184 pounds, is an undrafted rookie out of Middle Tennessee State.

The Seahawks had previously signed two other tryout players — former University of Washington offensive tackle Joe Toledo and Stony Brook cornerback Chris Richards — on Monday.


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