Senior Bowl is tough assignment for a quarterback

MOBILE, Ala. — Observing the quarterbacks at Senior Bowl practices early in the week wasn’t always pretty. Peyton Manning-like precision passes and Brett Favre-like magical completions into coverage were few and far between. But don’t necessarily blame the signal-callers themselves.

Quarterback is the most complicated position on the field, and being thrown in with unfamiliar teammates and taught an entirely new scheme in the course of a couple days isn’t ideal for producing exceptional results right away.

“Obviously, you know, you come in here and you’re getting a lot thrown at you,” North squad QB Tony Pike said. “I mean you’re learning a new offense and learning a new system, and at the same time, you’re playing with all different players.”

North coach Jim Schwartz echoed those sentiments.

“It’s hard, you’re throwing to new receivers, you’re in a different scheme, you’re nervous, there’s a bunch of people in the stands and there’s a lot at stake when you’re out there,” Schwartz said.

Despite those early practice difficulties, the quarterbacks have grown more comfortable as the week has progressed, and Pike expects solid performances in the game Saturday, airing on NFL Network at 4 p.m ET.

“I think each day we’ve been improving, and come Saturday, we’ll be ready to go,” Pike said.

Jason Feller

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