Report: Russell Wilson to start next preseason game for Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson will start at quarterback in the team’s next preseason game, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter. The Seattle Times‘ Danny O’Neil had first reported Wilson would be the likely starter for Friday’s game with the Kansas City Chiefs.
When Seattle plays at Kansas City on Friday night, its starting quarterback will be rookie Russell Wilson.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2012
Wilson, the former Wisconsin quarterback who was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft, is competing with free-agent signee Matt Flynn for the starting spot.
Incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson was also initially part of the quarterback competition, but he is now likely to be traded. Jackson had started 14 games for Seattle last season.
Flynn had success in limited action as Aaron Rodgers’ backup with the Packers, and he signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Seahawks in the offseason. He was believed to be the favorite for the job.
Flynn has started the Seahawks’ first two preseason games and played the first half of each. It’s unclear whether the decision to start Wilson in the third — and traditionally, most telling — preseason game is a sign that the rookie has taken a lead in the race to start. The team may also just want to see how Wilson does playing against a starting defense.
If Wilson wins the job, he would be the fifth rookie to earn a starting quarterback spot. The Colts’ Andrew Luck, Redskins’ Robert Griffin III, Browns’ Brandon Weeden and Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill have already been named starters.