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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



February 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM

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A throwing quarterback? How novel

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jacory Harris was introduced at the media room as a throwing quarterback.

As if there were any other kind.

But while the description sounded like it was stolen from an era when the forward pass was considered revolutionary, it's not as silly as it sounds.

Harris is one of the quarterbacks brought in not just to workout with the quarterbacks, but to throw passes during the drills for other position groups. He's a combine arm for the running backs when their pass-catching skills are tested and for defensive backs as well.

"You just come in a day early and you just leave later than others," Harris said. "You have the opportunity to showcase your skills a little more than the other quarterbacks. You have the opportunity to throw to the running backs, linebackers, DBs, every position. I feel like that's just giving me an extra opportunity to showcase my skills."

It worked out OK for T.J. Yates last year. He was a throwing quarterback at the 2011 combine, who wound up drafted by the Houston in the fifth round and became the Texans starter after injuries to Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart.

Harris will be working out with the quarterbacks on Sunday as well, going through all the same physical tests such as the 40-yard dash and throwing workout. He'll just get some work on the other days, too.


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