Seattle Seahawks give quarterback Josh Portis a shot: A fan’s reaction

Most Seattle Seahawks fans probably know very little about third string quarterback Josh Portis(notes). Portis will be the man helping out the practice squads, and coming in if there are injuries to No. 1 quarterback Tarvaris Jackson(notes) or back up Charlie Whitehurst(notes). It means that he might not see much action during the 2011 regular season.

According to the Seahawks' main website, Portis attended three high schools and then three colleges before he found his way to Seattle. He even talked about that in an interview with the website, stating that, "It's been a journey for me. It's not a regular three-year, four-year college career. It's been school, to school, to school. I had obstacles that I overcame. It's made me a better person and I'm out here enjoying football. I'm playing football."

He seems like a pretty good guy; making the most of the opportunities that Seattle and head coach Pete Carroll are giving him. After playing in Florida back in 2005 (before Tim Tebow(notes)), he ended his college career with two seasons at Division II California University. Not the California that hosts the Golden Bears though, but the California located out in Pennsylvania. He passed for 3,421 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2009 and then threw for 2,651 yards and 33 touchdowns last season. Those are great stats, no matter what school he played with.

Seattle scored Portis as a rookie undrafted free agent this offseason, and could be one of those players that are a diamond in the rough. Seattle risks nothing by bringing in an athletic player that understands the game of football. On the opposite side of that thought, maybe he could turn out to be a serviceable player that ends up surprising the critics out there. At just 24-years-old, he has a lot of football in front of him, especially if he wins over the Seahawks coaching staff early on.

It is probably safe to assume that Portis is going to see a lot of playing time in the four preseason games for Seattle. Expect to see him on the field pretty early against the San Diego Chargers on August 11, and for him to be the guy that the team leans on to try and win this game. Hopefully he really shines, giving fans a reason to be excited about him possibly becoming the backup if Whitehurst leaves at the end of the year.

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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a lifelong fan of the Seattle Seahawks that continues to hold out hope that the team is heading in the right direction with a new coach, a weak NFC West, and some great young players on defense.

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Updated Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011