Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will have an opportunity to compete for the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback job in training camp, coach Pete Carroll told ESPN yesterday.
"He's showed us enough," Carroll said. "He's in the competition. And that is going to tax us, as you know. It was already going to be taxing with two. But he's shown us enough that we need to see where he fits in with these guys."
The Seahawks went 7-9 last season with Tarvaris Jackson under center; Jackson completed 271 of 450 passes for 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The Seahawks also shelled out $26 million back in March to sign Matt Flynn, the highly coveted backup who worked behind Aaron Rodgers on the Green Bay Packers last year.
But after watching Wilson, the team's third-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, compete at the team's recent three-day rookie minicamp, Carroll concluded that the youngster would be in the hunt for the starting position for the long haul. "It's going to take us a long time to do this," the coach said. "It's going to be frustrating for [the media]. You're going to keep asking and want to know. I'm just going to be more patient than you can imagine as we go through this process, and we'll just figure it out when we do."