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Russell Wilson will start for Seahawks on Friday

Russell Wilson, Jeremy Beal AP

Russell Wilson will get his opportunity to show what he can do with the Seahawks’ first-string offense on Friday night.

We noted this morning that there were indications Wilson would start at quarterback for Seattle’s third preseason game, and now ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed that Wilson will start on Friday at Kansas City.

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.

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20 Responses to “Russell Wilson will start for Seahawks on Friday”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:45 PM

    As a ‘Hawks fan, I don’t know who the starting QB will be. All I know is, we’re better off than we were 365 days ago, when Tavaris Jackson was the #1 and Charlie Whitehurst was the #2.

  2. paepae805 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:47 PM

    Way to go Russell. Watching him at Wisco last year, he definently knows the QB position. Poised in the pocket, know his arm strength, and isn’t afraid to use his feet. All the luck to him and thanks for a memorable 2011 Bucky Football Season.

  3. egiger says: Aug 21, 2012 12:48 PM

    This is really a chance to see Russell Wilson with the #1s against a starting defense. I don’t think it’s a referendum on who’s starting Week 1 at Arizona.

  4. blacknole08 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:49 PM

    Good move. Let’s see what the rookie can do with his first team offense vs a first team defense.

  5. trollhammer20 says: Aug 21, 2012 1:06 PM

    And even if he isn’t the starter week one, something tells me he’ll find his way onto the field. Simply put, the young man makes plays. I could see some wildcat packages designed around his rollout/running ability. At 5’11″ 215, he’s the size of a halfback, and shows the ability to run like one at times. Put him in the shotgun, let him make a quick read, and then run or pass based on what he sees.

  6. qdog112 says: Aug 21, 2012 1:06 PM

    He definitely deserves it. He has clearly outplayed Flynn, so why not give him a chance to fail?

    I describe Wilson as a smaller, better passing, more savvy – Cam Newton. His grasp of the game and his leadership qualities are off the charts.

    He is a defensive coordinator’s nightmare.

  7. dennisatunity says: Aug 21, 2012 1:13 PM

    Best of luck, Russell! And if Wilson has an outstanding day with the first string offense against their first string defense, that will create quite a dilemma for Pete Carroll to see who should start the first regular season game. And all I can say, is what a wonderful problem to have! It will be nice to decide between two excellent options.

  8. kane337 says: Aug 21, 2012 1:23 PM

    The Dolphins offered Flynn a contract. He passed. If he would have signed the Dolphins would not have drafted Tannehill and Flynn would have a starting gig now. At least he has more money in his pocket now right? Enjoy watching from the bench again Flynn.

  9. newyorkjetsfan2812 says: Aug 21, 2012 1:31 PM

    Honestly i think russel Wilson will be a good quality starter in the NFL one day.

  10. mrqwag says: Aug 21, 2012 1:31 PM

    Matt Flynn is a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.

  11. haansel82 says: Aug 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    5th? Wow. And It looks like that number will grow to 6 in Philadelphia. Foles looks very impressive.

  12. tommynatorii says: Aug 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    Jeff Ireland is looking better and better.We said no to Orton, did not give Flynn what he was asking, and didn’t get a sniff from Manning.
    I say good on all three.
    What we have isn’t the greatest but we are starting with a rookie who can grow.
    I’ll take Tannehill, young receivers, and the Philbib / Sherman system.
    Oh yeah, way to go Wilson.

  13. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 21, 2012 2:07 PM

    Funny math they use in the northwest.
    A three-way quarterback competition with two quarterbacks….

    As if anyone actually thought Jackson was in the mix in the first place.

  14. rcali says: Aug 21, 2012 3:52 PM

    Wait, I thought Wilson played for the Browns? Oh, wait, that’s Seneca Wallace that I’m thinking of.

  15. tebowsmom says: Aug 21, 2012 4:21 PM

    Flynn will be their starter.

  16. regorwi says: Aug 21, 2012 9:47 PM

    The time is for RW to show all the naysayers. That you are the real deal!

  17. swu32733 says: Aug 21, 2012 10:13 PM

    I am enjoying the QB scenario this year. Both Flynn and Wilson are upgrades over last year. That said if one dropped pass last week by TO had been caught we would be seeing Flynn in different light. Let’s see how Wilson does against the “A” team defense this week.

  18. ibboydb says: Aug 21, 2012 11:18 PM

    RW1 rocks! Good luck

    I just hope for a great season for the hawks regardless who is the qb.

    oh, and dump TO!

  19. techfootball says: Aug 22, 2012 12:17 PM

    qdog112– Do you even know what the hell you talking about? He hasn’t out played Wilson. I’ll give it to him he has play some good ball but he hasn’t out played Wilson. He has been playing 2nd and 3rd string players not 1st string. This week well see if he can out play Wilson. And about last week with Wilson he didn’t play bad his 1st sting guy’s didn’t play good, dropped passes or better put flat out misses. If TO would have even caught a few of the passes, Wilson would have looked great.

  20. dutchhmaster says: Aug 22, 2012 12:26 PM

    kane337 says: Aug 21, 2012 1:23 PM

    The Dolphins offered Flynn a contract. He passed. If he would have signed the Dolphins would not have drafted Tannehill and Flynn would have a starting gig now. At least he has more money in his pocket now right? Enjoy watching from the bench again Flynn.
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    DING DING DING.

    I eagerly wait the next riot outside of the Dolphins facility for passing on a backup caliber quarterback.

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