B.J. Daniels ready for action for Seahawks
B.J. Daniels could accomplish two career firsts in a rather daunting setting Sunday — playing in an NFL game and playing a position other than quarterback.
/ Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — B.J. Daniels could accomplish two career firsts in a rather daunting setting Sunday — playing in an NFL game and playing a position other than quarterback.
A second-year quarterback for the Seahawks, he was called up from the practice squad this week when receiver Paul Richardson was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL.
Daniels was also on the active roster for six games last year but did not see action.
He could Sunday, though, when the Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers at 12:05 p.m. in the NFC Championship Game.
But if he does, it will almost certainly be at a position other than quarterback, possibly on special teams but maybe also at one of the other positions he has played in practice this year for the Seahawks.
Practice-squad players often are used at multiple spots on the scout teams that help the active roster prepare for that week’s opponent.
And few on the Seattle roster this year have been used in as many roles as Daniels, a 5-foot-11, 217-pounder who finished his career at South Florida third in Big East history in total yards (8,433 passing, 2,068 rushing).
“He’s worked all over the field for us,’’ Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s run the ball for us. He’s caught the ball as a receiver. Of course he plays a bunch of quarterback for us. He’s played defensive back for us. He’s played corner and safety.’’
Along the way, he’s not only given the Seahawks a good look in preparing for their opponent but has convinced coaches he could play multiple roles on the field on game day.
Carroll didn’t say whether Daniels will be on the game-day roster — he could still be one of the inactive players — and said his most likely role would be special teams if he is indeed active.
While Daniels has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Seahawks in practice, he’s somewhat surprisingly never played a position other than quarterback in a game at any time in his career.
“Quarterback is all I’ve played all my life,’’ he said. “Every level I’ve ever played.’’
He was drafted in the seventh round by the 49ers in 2013 and made their initial active roster.
But he was waived in October and then claimed by Seattle.
He was on the practice squad the last two months of last season and through the playoffs. He then beat out Terrelle Pryor to be the team’s No. 3 quarterback in training camp this season, though he was then waived and signed to the practice squad at the final roster cutdown.
A few weeks ago, though, the Seahawks almost lost Daniels as a few other teams sent feelers his way. Players can be signed to active rosters off practice squads at any time.
“There were other teams trying to tug at me and pull me out the back door,’’ he said.
Daniels said it was initially tempting to move to a team that wanted him on its active roster.
“Your goal isn’t to make the NFL, it’s to play in the NFL, so yeah, it was at first,’’ he said.
Seattle, though, then took the somewhat rare — and perfectly legal — step of raising Daniels’ salary from the practice squad rate (the minimum is $6,300 a week) to an active roster rate (roughly $30,000 a week) to convince him to stay.
“The organization extended a helping hand to keep me here, so I was appreciative of that,’’ Daniels said.
While it remains unclear if Daniels will play Sunday, or what role he would play, one obvious possibility is to fill in at kickoff returner with the loss of Richardson, who was the team’s primary kickoff returner after the trade of Percy Harvin.
Daniels said he has returned punts and kickoffs in practice all season and feels comfortable at either spot, as he does at all the other positions he has played.
Typically, Daniels said he finds out when he shows up each morning where the team needs him that day.
He’s just hoping now to get a similar request Sunday.
“It’s very exciting,’’ he said of possibly playing against the Packers. “Whatever the coaches have asked me to do I have done and I’m going to try to continue to do that now, as well.’’
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