In a rather surprising move, the Seattle Seahawks have announced today, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed, that third round pick Russell Wilson will start Friday’s pre-season game.
NFL coaches usually use Week Three of the preseason as a tune-up for their starters, so this decision suggests that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is seriously considering making Wilson the starter when the regular season begins.
Matt Flynn has been the favorite to win the quarterback derby in Seattle all along, but Wilson has played well enough in the preseason to make the competition close. If Wilson has a big game playing with the Seahawks’ starters against the Chiefs’ starters, it’s entirely possible that Wilson will join Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden and become the NFL’s fifth rookie starting quarterback.
So far, this pre-season Russell Wilson is 22 for 33 for 279 yards with 3 touchdowns and an interception.