Wallace Using Preseason to Develop

Seahawks quarterback Seneca Wallace has three more preseason games to prove himself worthy of the No. 2 role behind Matt Hasselbeck. Wallace will be the top backup no matter how he plays, but the Seattle coaching staff would like to see a convincing performance.

Wallace played reasonably well during the team's exhibition opener against Dallas, but breakdowns around him prevented the offense from reaching the end zone during a 13-3 defeat.

"I thought Seneca was one of the bright spots, actually," coach Mike Holmgren said. "When he had a chance to throw and when he had a chance to do some things, he did some things that were OK. He's fine."

Holmgren has considered using the athletic and elusive Wallace at another position in addition to quarterback. Wallace caught a 28-yard pass against Carolina in the NFC title game. He has also returned punts in practice over the last couple of seasons, but never in a game.

The plan is to leave Wallace exclusively at quarterback because the Seahawks do not have an experienced backup on their roster. The team remains lukewarm over the efforts of would-be third quarterbacks Gibran Hamdan and David Greene. Neither is getting many reps while the staff readies Hasselbeck and Wallace for the season ahead.

Holmgren sounds resigned to entering the season without a veteran passer behind Hasselbeck. The team was able to land Trent Dilfer during its 2001 training camp, but the current free-agent quarterbacks are less appealing. Wallace would remain the No. 2 passer even if Seattle added a veteran to the mix.

"I don't to minimize the position, you need one," Holmgren said of the No. 3 quarterback's role. "They don't get a lot of reps so my message to them is, 'Make them count.' There's not a lot to choose between the two (Hamdan and Greene) of them right now."

Wallace completed 11 of 17 passes for 117 yards against the Cowboys. His rating was 84.7, but the Cowboys sacked him four times. "I did some good things, and I did some bad things, but it felt pretty good for the first game," Wallace said.

Wallace is one of the fastest players on the team, but he carried only once, gaining three yards. So much has been made of Wallace's scrambling ability that the former Iowa State star sometimes goes out of his way to prove his merits as a pocket passer. Holmgren said he wouldn't mind if Wallace cut loose every so often.

For the time being, Wallace is focusing on other aspects of his game.

"I'm just trying to get better as far as all the stuff I do at the line of scrimmage, making checks and doing those things," Wallace said. "That is the main thing."

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