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February 20, 2014
Seattle GM likes B.J. Daniels' "eye," likens him to Russell Wilson


Seattle general manager John Schneider said today what many suspected when the Seahawks signed one-time 49ers quarterback B.J. Daniels off of waivers in 2013 - Daniels reminded him of Seattle's starting quarterback, Russell Wilson.

"He's got an ability to find passing lanes," said Schneider at the scouting combine. "He's got a very good eye. These guys that are undersized, they've got to be able to move. So that stands out right away. Yeah, absolutely. Similar traits."

The Seahawks signed Daniels, who originally was a seventh-round pick for the 49ers, to their 53-man roster when the 49ers released him in October. They later moved him to the practice squad. Earlier this month, Seattle signed Daniels to a reserve/future deal, which means the former South Florida quarterback will compete for a spot on the Seahawks roster this offseason.

Daniels and Wilson have similar profiles - both are listed at 5-11 - and they are the only Seahawks quarterbacks signed for next season.

Schneider was asked what he looks for when scouting quarterbacks. "He has to have the locker room," he said. "He's got to walk into the team meeting room and the players know, 'Hey, this guy's got it. He's got it.' ... Russell's very much like that, very confident guy."

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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