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Tarvaris Jackson on his lone season in Buffalo: 'I've erased last year from my mind'


NEW YORK -- Tarvaris Jackson's lone season with the Buffalo Bills was forgettable for both player and team.

In fact, in Jackson's mind, it never even happened.

"I've erased last year from my mind. I don't remember anything from the Bills," he said today inside the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., site of Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. "It was rough there, but it is what it is. Now I'm here in the Super Bowl, just trying to enjoy that."

Jackson joined the Bills in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks prior to the final preseason game of 2012. That game, against Detroit, would mark the only time he would wear a Bills uniform. He went 0 for 1, with his lone pass being intercepted. He was inactive for all 16 games in the regular season.

"I have no idea why I was even brought there," Jackson said. "It was a different situation. I don't know what the plan was when I was brought in. I'm past that now. I'm just trying to take this all in and enjoy this and hopefully get a Super Bowl."

The Bills re-signed Jackson after the 2012 season to a one-year contract, but cut him before minicamp in June. He pocketed $500,000 from the team in that deal, meaning the Bills paid Jackson $2.25 million over a little more than a season.

"A lot of people have been asking me about how it feels coming from Buffalo last year and being back in Seattle this year ... I never wanted to leave Seattle in the first place," Jackson said. "It's a good feeling being in a place where you're winning games. That Buffalo situation is over with."

Jackson is the backup to Russell Wilson with the Seahawks, who carry only two quarterbacks on the roster. Wilson has stayed healthy this season, meaning Jackson has only thrown 13 passes, completing 10 of them for 151 yards and one touchdown. He has a quarterback rating of 140.2 in the limited work.

  • cheektowaga

    Rookie GM makes another Glaring Mistake!
    Oh & lets also just let our Defensive staff visit another teaam whie we're at it…

  • phoenix110

    Well, he is going to have to erase this year too because he is still a bad backup QB.

  • souldoubt67

    um who cares what the backup quarterback has to say anyway... wasn't there a cheerleader there are mascot or anyone else to interview lol

  • Zenon Kat

    Yea focus on getting the Super Bowl... Focus real hard on that bench... Focus real hard on Peyton manning destroying your teams secondary

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

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