Russell Wilson: Starting Quarterback?

29 Jul

Day two of training camp is in the books. The Seahawks practiced under the Renton sun for nearly 2 and a half hours this morning and to me, the team as a whole looked a lot better than on Saturday. Matt Flynn took the first-string reps at quarterback today but it was Russell Wilson who stole the show.

For the first half of practice, the quarterbacks ran one-on-one routes with the receivers and Wilson only overthrew one pass, a 30 yard streak intended for Golden Tate. Tate later redeemed himself during full-squad drills, when he laid out for a Wilson pass at the 10-yard-line, and snatching a Matt Flynn floater away from double coverage. When the whole team got together for 9-on-9 and 11-on-11 drills in the second half of practice, Wilson was spot on and showed poise in the pocket that compared to any star quarterback in the NFL. Each pass from Wilson was tight, and fast. Wilson hit his receivers square in the hands more often than not. I was very impressed with Wilson throughout the duration of this morning’s practice. It is hard for me to believe that a 3rd round rookie quarterback will win the starting quarterback job from a man who is being paid $8 million a year and another guy who has played under this offense for 5+ years, but unless today was a fluke, I believe Russell Wilson has a real chance to be at least our backup, which in my opinion would cost Tarvaris Jackson his spot on the roster.

To simplify today’s portion of the Seahawks quarterback competition:

Russell Wilson: Great

Matt Flynn: Average

Tarvaris Jackson: Below average

NOTE: I was unable to speak to any players after today’s practice. Because the practice went long, the players could not stick around to sign and chat.

Funny moment of the day: Marshawn Lynch was photographed presumably leaving the facility on a BMX bike with two fellow teammates. Good to see Lynch is not taking any questionable risks on the roads following his DUI arrest last week.

Tomorrow’s practice is the third of training camp, and will most likely be conducted with the players in full pads for the first time. I will be tracking practice via seahawks.com and the NFL Network tomorrow morning. Check back tomorrow for my daily Seahawks training camp report.

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