Russell Wilson Named Seahawks’ Starting Quarterback
The 2012 NFL season features a plethora of rookie and sophomore starting quarterbacks, and the Seattle Seahawks just added another to that list. Head Coach Pete Carroll has named rookie quarterback Russell Wilson as their starter for their Week 1 regular season opener against the Arizona Cardinals.
Through three preseason games, Wilson has adjusted to the NFL rather well, posting the highest preseason passer rating of 119.4 highlighted by a 44-14 blowout over the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night. He completed 35 of 52 passes, threw five touchdown passes, and threw just one interception thus far this preseason. The Seahawks seem very confident in their decision with their third round pick out of Wisconsin.
No one could anticipate Wilson as the Week 1 starter, especially since the Seahawks went out and signed former Green Bay Packers backup Matt Flynn to a three-year 26 million dollar contract during the offseason. This means that Russell Wilson will be making about 16 times less in his salary then his backup. But Wilson came to camp ready, and gave the Seahawks coaching staff every reason to
believe this is the guy they want to run their offense.
As for Flynn, he did not show the same flashes that Wilson did, and missing the last game against Kansas City with a sore elbow did not help his case to win the job. Head Coach Pete Carroll praised his quarterback saying, “He is so prepared. He doesn’t seem like a first-year player, he seems like he’s been around. He gets it, he understands and he is a tremendous leader in that way”.
Flynn was very disappointed in losing the starting role, but he understands he was simply beat out by the rookie’s performance. Flynn will most likely back up Wilson for sure, especially since QB Tarvaris Jackson who started 14 games for Seattle last year is on his way to Buffalo. According to NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Seahawks agreed to a trade on Sunday that would send Tarvaris Jackson to the
Wilson was the fifth rookie starting quarterback announced this season, along with Ryan Tannehill (Miami), Brandon Weeden (Cleveland), Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), and Robert Griffin III (Washington). According the Elias Sports Bureau, 2012 will most likely be the first year since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 where more than two rookie quarterbacks are starting games in Week 1.
Wilson is a rookie, but he’s an exceptional athlete with good accuracy and a lively arm. He certainly hasn’t been playing like a first-year quarterback, and he appears to have a stage and offense to turn into a viable fantasy weapon. There’s risk here due to his inexperience and Matt Flynn still being on the roster, but there’s also a lot of upside due to his athleticism and all-around skill level. Wilson is immediately a QB2 with possible QB1 potential.